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Anything To Be Said for a Side-By-Side?

Discussion in 'Tactical Shotguns' started by 50 Cent, Dec 31, 2010.

  1. Had an old Higgins that I sold to my uncle some time ago, have been without a shotgun for some time.

    Was thinking of getting a classic double to get back into it. Any serious pros/cons (except price) over a pump?
  2. Are you thinking about using it for home defense, hunting, sporting clays, etc?

  3. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

    Jan 16, 2001
    Buried in the X-files
    If it's what's at hand, it can get the job done.

    But i'd take a pump any day otherwise. Continuity of fire.
  4. B Coyote

    B Coyote

    Jul 3, 2001
    NW Indiana
    A well-trained, motivated shooter with a side by side is a far better fighter than a keyboard commando with a tacticool pimp-pump.

    That said, why limit yourself?

  5. collim1

    collim1 Shower Time!

    Mar 14, 2005
    A SxS has a couple of advantages. They are shorter than a comparable pump or semi-auto of the same barrel length, and they have very quick follow up shots.

    I would not hesitate to use one for HD, especially if it was backed up by a good handgun.
  6. longbowshooter


    Nov 17, 2005
    SE PA
    Stoeger Uplanders are about the same price as pumps and can be used for hunting. People been using them for a long time for home defense. Clint Smith has a youtube video showing a single or double can be used effectively for HD or truck gun.
  7. Even been looking at YILDIZ O/U shotguns at Academy. My primary uses would be trap, maybe hunting. Dunno if I'd consider it as a primary for home defense (I live in an apt) as I have a G19 and a 686+ within reach. Also have a WASR stashed easily within reach for the times when I might find a Zombie rummaging thru my fridge :supergrin:

    The Yildiz class have a pretty long bbl at 28" - a bit much for HD but likely good in the trap/hunting scenarios. I guess an advantage the SS's have is shorter bbl length.
  8. longbowshooter


    Nov 17, 2005
    SE PA
  9. Aceman


    Nov 30, 2008
    Ungodly reliability. Only two shots. Tradeoffs with everything...
  10. bug


    Feb 6, 2007
  11. That Stoeger coach gun looks REAL sweet!! Imagine in blued it would look real good. Bbl length looks pretty versatile too.

    Do they have a good rep?
  12. bug


    Feb 6, 2007
    Buddy of mine has one, we have put a couple of thousand rounds through it.
    never had any kind of problem with it.

    Other than it has solid wood stock that offer little protection against 3in mag 00 buck!:wow:
    He used His for home protection when he had no other options. he did not feel unarmed.

    His is the base model but is well made and can take a beating.
  13. seamaster


    Feb 19, 2003
    I had a Stoeger coach gun and it's the only gun I truely regret selling. Mine was the blued steel coach gun with nice walnut stock and reversed double triggers. Reversed double triggers on the coach gun are faster than a single trigger or any semi auto.

    I plan to buy another one when I can afford it. They are awesome!
  14. cyrsequipment

    cyrsequipment Angry

    Aug 8, 2004
    I'm not doubting you on that statement, but I have no idea how that is possible...
  15. They are also about 4" shorter for a given barrel length compared to pump.
  16. WhiskeyUnicorn

    WhiskeyUnicorn Mall Ninja Extraordinaire

    Nov 13, 2010
    Savannah, GA
    2 rounds vs however many in the tube...If you're using it for HD and have to use more than 2 12G shells you're doing it wrong. I don't think I'll have a band of thieves in my place or have to defend against an army of wrong yea...go for it if it's what you like.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2011
  17. backbore


    Mar 6, 2003
    I wouldn't hesitate to use a double barrel for HD. They're fast to reload, and when you chop down the barrel to the shortest legal length it's several inches shorter than a pump or auto with the same length barrel! VERY manageable in close quarters because of the length and the light weight.
  18. Lt Scott 14

    Lt Scott 14

    Mar 14, 2006
    N.W. Indiana
    Have an Interarms 20ga SxS doing HD/ barn duty. It has the hammers and dual triggers. Short barrel(18.5in to legal length) full stock w/ nylon ammo cuff. Have shot slugs, buck, and birdshot without any problems out to 15-20 yds. Hits paperplate everytime w/ some if not all lead buckshot. Not bad for recoil, wife has shot it a couple times in case I was out working.
    Have 12ga pump and a single shot H&R for backup. For nightstand, we have a M10/ 38 spec 4in bbl(tapered) and a G19 9mm. We feel that HD is covered. Both sons can fire the M10, my old service revolver.

  19. MacG22

    MacG22 CLM

    Feb 28, 2008
    If you've ever done shotgun training you'll run into your limitations with a SxS very, very quickly. They are fun, but as a serious defensive gun I think the tradeoffs are far too steep.

    Get a Rem 870, Moss 590, Or Benelli Nova, train with them, and you'll have a very good defensive gun that can handle a range of loadouts and for a very decent price.
  20. Booker


    May 10, 2006
    I believe that some of the special teams of the NYPD used SxS for many years and had excellent results with them.

    I have a Russian made Remington SxS with changable choke tubes. I can configure the shotgun for a wide range of applications from hunting to home defense.

    Not much out there can fire two rounds as quickly as a SxS!

    Dual triggers allows the user to select which barrel to fire first allowing one to have two different loads chambered and ready to fire.

    I've witnessed too many folks short stoke a pump and end up with a club!