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I was at Pacific Sporting Arms for adjustment of the stock of an O/u I had recently purchased and saw the pair of shotguns pictured below, a numbered pair of Grulla 210s. So sleek, so beautiful and lovingly cared for. Fit almost perfectly, though stock will have to be adjusted for a lefty cast. First time I justified a purchase on a want rather than a “need”. They made me a good offer and took the Aya as a trade for what I paid for it. Here is the pic: I get to shoot them after the CA 10+ day wait.

 

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Magnificent! (y) I warn you. Fine shotguns are as addictive as fine rifles - maybe more so. They are, if nothing else, much more elegant. Now you need to book a driven grouse hunt in the UK or Spain where you and your loader or "secretario" can really put a matched pair to good use.

And yes, someone competent can easily bend those stocks to provide the correct cast for a lefty.
 

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Pacific has a wonderful inventory of fine guns, you got a dream pair. Very beautiful.
 

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Back in the day California had some very good dove habitat and flocks. They would give my OU 20 a real workout- but that was 40 years ago and I could use lead shot. I suspect the habitat has turned into a subdivision and the birds stay in Mexico. Much the pity, but regardless, that matched pair are really beautiful.
 

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... Now you need to book a driven grouse hunt in the UK or Spain where you and your loader or "secretario" can really put a matched pair to good use....

Yeah, I have been looking into this outfit (http://www.delaneyandsons.com/) for that. Other suggestions are welcome.

I have looked at their FAQ regarding import of firearms into UK, seems pretty straight forward as they take care of it once one provides all the required documentation. Interesting that one of the documents they are asking for is a US hunting license.
 

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You could do worse than talk to Kiri at Athinasporting.com. He’s based in the U.K. He has a lot of experience in this area.
 

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@Red Leg "Magnificent! (y) I warn you. Fine shotguns are as addictive as fine rifles - maybe more so. They are, if nothing else, much more elegant" No truer words have ever been spoken. a fine shotgun feels like a magic wand in a hunters hands.
 

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Another is Bob Kern of the Hunting Consortium https://huntingconsortium.com/ He could put together a first class driven bird shoot in either Spain or the UK. I have also hunted several times with Great Spanish Hunts http://www.greatspanishunts.com/en/ for Ibex and Boar, but they also put on classic driven grouse hunts in Spain.
 

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Another is Bob Kern of the Hunting Consortium https://huntingconsortium.com/ He could put together a first class driven bird shoot in either Spain or the UK. ...

Talked to him a few weeks ago, unless I put a group together he did not seem to be interested.

Today I booked with Delaney and Sons for October 13 - 19, 2021. Very similar to this on their web site except it has an extra day in the middle for sight seeing (4 shooting days @250 birds per day).

My girlfriend and I will spend some days in London prior to the shoot including visits to Purdey and H&H.

I thought about grouse, but the timing would have been first week in September less than a week after I return from Zimbabwe. The timing of this made more sense.
 

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That is going to be an awesome trip! Oh I’m envious! You be sure to give us a report on that...please!
 

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Gorgeous guns. Congratulations!
 

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I decided to take this pair to SD for a pheasant hunt there and will be leaving on the 21st. I am amazed by one thing.

I started practicing at Sporting Clays with these guns a couple of weeks ago and have had 4 sessions so far each between 150 - 200 shells.

I was a bit apprehensive at the start as these rifles are bare, no recoil pad and they are just a tad over 6.5 pounds each. I thought I would feel the recoil rather heavily, if nothing I thought I would feel a dull ache after the session. This being CA I was wearing just a T-shirt with a shooting vest (not padded with a jell or anything).

None, nada. It is as if these guns have no recoil, they just must fit perfectly (I had them change the cast to cast-off as a lefty). I am very pleasantly surprised.
 

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Tanks, I’m a bit of a wimp! I had a buffalo skin covered recoil pad put on my #2. JMO, but it still looks nice.
Best of luck on that S.D. pheasant hunt!
 

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Wow! well done. You'll be a happy shooter!
 

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