Yes, among friends, simple fractions of inches don’t really matter, LoL.2-5/8” and 2-9/16”, but what’s an eighth of an inch amongst friends?
Yes, among friends, simple fractions of inches don’t really matter, LoL.
That said, in some far flung corners of the earth, such as Anchorage, Alaska (where I live), shorter than 2 & 3/4” shotgun ammunition is almost always impossible to find, except that once in a blue moon, a quantity of 2 & 1/2 “ .410 ammunition turns up.
Usually it has #9 shot in it, (perhaps for the clay pigeon shooters ?).
Anyway, the above drivel is why I bothered to mention chamber length.
Aside for the ammunition availability, I notice many of the better grade English doubles have short chambers.
A friend of mine has a 20 Gauge Dickson RA. Delightful little bird gun. I owned a very Nice Dickson lightweight 12 gauge for many years, sold it to a guy who really wanted it badly.
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Side X Side bird guns are a passion of mine. My Harkom 16 gauge, Lindner Daly 20 gauge, and A H Foxes in 16 gauge and 20 gauge are some that I will probably not sell. I have been on a low level search for a subgauge Woodward for some time, but, like Dickson subgauge guns, they are very rare.
I understand the semi auto advantage in recoil moderation, but using a lower recoil shell at reasonable ranges works for me. And Semi autos are too finicky and unreliable for my
A very underrated point I am afraid. Lack of muzzle discipline is a sure way to get on my bad side.The other problem with pumps and autoloaders is one of safety. I can count the days afield with people swinging pumps and autoloaders in the thousands, yet I can count the times one has had perfect barrel control while hunting with one the entire day on perhaps one hand. If you cannot break open the gun, that muzzle is pointing somewhere all day long and the gun may or may not be loaded. A double barrel or single break action is a point of courtesy to all others around that it is broken when not used and it broadcasts that it is unloaded for all to see.
@Saul every time I tell such a story to someone about to enter the field with me they always nod their head and assume they are angelic with their muzzle control. 99% of the time (accurate stat) they are not. You cannot enter a field for a driven hunt or a 3-4 man rough shoot and hunt for eight hours with a pump or auto and not point your muzzle at someone. It’s just more difficult than most people think and everyone assumes a few infractions are “no big deal”.A very underrated point I am afraid. Lack of muzzle discipline is a sure way to get on my bad side.
There are fine guns made in many countries... Scotland, England, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, France, USA, Spain, and Italy, to name a few. I had a Korean-made Browning BSS Sidelock that was a fine gun. Still, my BEST guns are from Scotland, England, Germany and Italy.
The USA and Germany make the finest rifles in my opinion.
I use the auto for waterfowl and the O/U 16 gauge for upland. It's only 6 pounds so it's light and easy on the arms, right up until you fire it that is. Wow, that's some kind of recoil!