Why Not A Double Rifle?

Discussion in 'Double Rifles' started by AfricaHunting.com, May 31, 2009.

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Why not consider a double rifle for big game hunting in North America?

  1. Double rifles are not very accurate

    6.9%
  2. Double rifles are too expensive

    76.2%
  3. Double rifles are made to shoot accurate at only one range, usually short

    18.5%
  4. Double rifles use only iron sights

    5.4%
  5. Double rifles only come in large chamberings

    1.5%
  6. Double rifles are simply not suited to North American hunting

    13.8%
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  1. Witold Krzyżanowski

    Witold Krzyżanowski AH ENABLER AH Legend

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    I like it Ibgsafaris, very good idea.
    Witold
     

  2. thriller

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    @lbgsafaris What kind of 410 s/s did you get im actually in the market for one of those for quail hunting and im being very indecisive.
     

  3. Limpopo Big Game Safaris

    Limpopo Big Game Safaris SPONSOR Since 2019 AH Fanatic

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    Hi @thriller DJ has a Zabala 410 S/S. Not knowing what I was buying I got for a very good deal, at that days Usd vs Zar rate I paid about $175.00 for it. It's a sweet little gun for sure.
    Although a hassle to find, I like shooting the 3" shells. They have so much more power. The 3" shells work very well on Jackal, Genets and small cats.

    A friend of mine was very fortunate to find me 3 boxes of 3" shells in SA yesterday and I bougt all 3 of them.

    You will never regret buying one for yourself.

    Blessings to all
     

  4. Limpopo Big Game Safaris

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  5. thriller

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    that is a sweet little gun, especially for the money. Too bad I cant ship you 410 ga shells I can get 10 boxes of 3 in for $125.00 at my store here in Birmingham, AL.
     

  6. Limpopo Big Game Safaris

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    Wow that would have been fantastic.
     

  7. markferrigno

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    I think most folks read the question as only DG doubles and calibers. I currently live in Germany and own several Heym doubles and drillings. I have two Heym model 26B O/U in 7x57 and 756R and they are very accurate (both barrels POI within3-4CM) at 100M. I have shot past 100M but only with 1 barrel (I reload the same barrel) The regulation is done at 100M and I have a Leupold 3-9 on both; granted they are not dangerous game rifles or calibers. Two advantages is they are relatively light and very compact, very easy to wield if you are in thick stuff of going in and out of stands/blinds. Over here (as a US DOD member under SOFA) I am eligible to buy them tax-free so they are relatively inexpensive and you can call/email the factory and order exactly what you want, pick the ammo for regulation and if bu or provide the scope and mounts they will zero it for you, no charge.

    I also have two O/U .222rem 20GA combination guns. One was built in 1964 and the .222 shoots 1/4 inch groups at 100M My wife shot a 4 shot group at 50M that I was able to cover with a 2 euro cent coin (smaller than a US Penny) Yes it is a single shot but damn it shots great.

    I also own two Heym drillings, one a Bock Drilling (two rifle barrels,1 shotgun) and again they shoot very, very well.

    It is a shame that these weapons (and esp. Heym) are not more popular in the US. I understand why, they are expensive
    and generally not suited for US hunting. The Euros like the Drillings and combinations weapons for drive hunts and high seat hunting. Most hunters in the US would not see the utility in a $2000+ O/U double rifle.

    My 2 cents anyway.
     

  8. Velo Dog

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    Hello Jcordell,

    Don't ever fire a properly made double rifle.
    Look at them on the internet, discuss them, admire them from afar but, never fire or even handle one.
    I'm not referring to poorly made ones like Sabatti, or some mess that Billy-Bob Corncob welded up on a Sears shotgun action.

    I'm referring to double rifles beginning at the level of basic plain grade Merkel, Verney Carron and Chapuis, and then moving upward in general quality, fit and finish, all the way through and including any best grade English double.
    If you ever do fire one, I am confident that you will become an instant and hopeless junkie.

    Double rifles from the beginning level makers I mentioned, much less bespoke double rifles, really are quite worse than heroin.
    It happened to me and it will happen to you.

    Cheers,
    Velo Dog.
     
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  9. Bruce

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    EXACTLY, my friend!! The only addition to your low tech list for me is BINOS... my eyes are nor what they used to be and I need binos to scour the bush for the animals.. other than that.. SPOT ON!!
     

  10. 8 x 60

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    Yes Bruce agree but it might be sensible to add ammo to the list!!!
     

  11. Bruce

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    That would be a HUGE advantage in our favour!!!
     

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    < 100 yards double rifle, > 100 yards mauser rifle.

    In my eyes a mauser is more handsome than a rifle that looks like a SXS shotgun.

    YMMV
     

  14. thriller

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    @Slugs Away you got this wrong a sxs shotgun looks like a double rifle not the other way around. :D
     
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    Thanks for that .... :D
     

  16. duckman90

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    I would have to agree with you...so why not have Both :) Nice mauser/rigby for plains game and a double for some of the bruisers :)
     
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