Could you not just buy one have a go and if you don't like it you still have you O/U to use and sell the SxS again?
Interesting you should say that - I’ve got my dads Aya 16g in the cabinet - I’ll maybe give it a go.I've always shot O/U 32" guns which are without doubt the best tool for the job but did buy a side by side last year to use on the "easier" shoots as a bit of a challenge / fun . I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would so it's had a fair bit of use. It's also very light to carry about so great on any walked up etc as mentioned above those sxs was never intended for "big" targets but is light and responsive in woods etc
The o/u's would be default choice though for any shoot with higher birds / bigger bag shoots, heavier build also means more reliable and lighter on the shoulder etc
Really fancy a 16bore after using a friends earlier this season on a couple of drives, apparently ballisticly superior to a 12 - expensive cartridges though !
trouble with a lot of older SxS is they all seem very short in the stock - people must have been a different shape back then !Interesting you should say that - I’ve got my dads Aya 16g in the cabinet - I’ll maybe give it a go.
I’m going to get it, and his old Westley Richards 12g out the cabinet this afternoon and have a look, never even tried mounting them before.trouble with a lot of older SxS is they all seem very short in the stock - people must have been a different shape back then !
I think a lot of people say they cant shoot with one because they are a bad fit, sis or O/u don't forget the basics of it has to fit if you are ever going to do any good with it
I went for a new 486 so although sxs it has pistol grip rather than straight handed and a singe trigger so not quite as alien as an old english gun yet still retains the lightweight and pointabilty of a sxs - as I say I like it a lot more than I ever thought I would and enjoy the challenge of change of taking something different on some daysI learned to shoot with a Spanish sxs which fitted badly and kicked like a mule, but it allowed for cold nights by the flight pond, crisp days walking the hedgerows and even a bash at clays on a sunny Saturday morning. I'm fairly sure dad was trying to put me off shooting by giving me that old pig to use and keeping his much nicer guns locked up but it taught me to respect my tools and I was thankful for the entry into shooting. I still retain a fondness for sxs guns, and will borrow dad's Webley and Scott on occasion. However, I much prefer o/us. I prefer the feel of a pistol grip as opposed to a straight stock, and the sight picture of one barrel instead of two. I shoot better with an o/u and the extra weight helps to soak up recoil. Given the chance, I would buy a mod 23 Winchester. Nice and heavy for a sxs, with a semi pistol grip stock and a raised rib with a beavertail fore end. Very American but I really like them. It all comes down to personal choice. Many love a classic English game gun for its looks, and if you spend lots of money the best ones handle amazingly well. But as far as I'm concerned, an o/u is far more versatile. Also, don't forget that most second hand sxs will not be proofed for steel shot, so something worth considering for a future where lead shot is on uncertain ground.