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English Side by Side

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:58 pm

I just 'won' an auction for an English Side by Side 16 g shotgun. Put in a silly bid and won it :shock:
It is marked as Birmingham gun marked Charles Osborne & Co Looks OK from the pics supplied by the seller and it comes with a 3 months guarantee so it should be OK.
It has a 65 mm chamber so I might need to look at some reloads,.................
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:33 am

Looks like I may have landed a bargain for 51€ :lol:
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby Niner » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:22 am

Looks like a bargain price. Also looks like a pretty old gun. Found this site. Read down a few posts and a guy, Derek, gives his version of the company history.

http://doublegunshop.com/forums/ubbthre ... mber=12669
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:16 am

A few more images from the seller and a copy of the page from Graces Guide where I found the information.................. :GBR: :GBR:
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby Niner Delta » Sat Sep 15, 2018 6:22 pm

Very nice looking old shotgun. When I first looked at Duncan's original post, the word Birmingham
stuck in my head and I thought what a cool post-Civil War shotgun made in Alabama........... :roll:
And then it dawned on me...... English Side by Side.....duh.
Guess I need to read slower and not jump right to the photos........ :lol:
Nice find Duncan, good price too.... :D

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Re: English Side by Side

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:54 am

Birmingham was a gun making centre as early as the 17th C.



BSA was probably the largest.
I once had a shotgun 'fitted' at Westley Richards, that was an experience :D

This shotgun is at least 90 years old so I have bought some mild loaded shells to try.
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby DuncaninFrance » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:16 am

It arrived this morning and looks to be in good shape except for the bores which may need sleeving.
Nitro Proofed and well marked. It is proofed to the 1925 rule at Birmingham. This confirms that it is one of the last guns made by the company as they ceased making guns altogether in 1928.

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The latest Rules of Proof, those of 2006, were approved by the Secretary of State to come into force on the 1st August, 2006, but proof under earlier Rules of 1875, 1887, 1896, 1904, 1916, 1925, 1954, 1986 and 1989 remains valid provided that the barrel or action has not been materially weakened or altered so that it no longer conforms with the proof marks.
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby DuncaninFrance » Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:52 pm

Had the chance to put the endoscope down the barrels this afternoon. It looks as though the gun was check fired before they sent it and was not cleaned.
Need to find some bits in my cleaning box to give it a proper thrutching! :razz:
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby blackisler » Sun Sep 23, 2018 2:45 pm

That look in very good condition for its year ….. also glad to hear the bore is also good
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Re: English Side by Side

Postby Niner Delta » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:04 pm

Looks like photos of my last colonoscopy........... :loco:

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