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    Hello this is my first post. Currently looking to expand the collection with a sxs. Use will mostly be clays, range and the occasional hunt. Considering a cz hammer coach or a wyatt earp in 12g. Purchase is more of a want than a need but who doesn’t love doubles. If anyone has recommendations for an accurate well made coach gun (under 2k) please post below!

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    Why a hammer gun? Why a coach gun? If you were involved in Cowboy Action shooting I would understand but not for hunting or clays.
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    I just want to own one and mentioned occasional hunting. I like the weight, size, exposed hammers make the break much easier and it would sit in my vehicle alongside a g22. For home defense or any kind IMO a double coach is about as short as you’re getting try to open a door when you’re 5”9 and holding a wingmaster it’s hilarious.

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    Ok. I have little experience with the SXS you mention. The SXS manufacturing has greatly reduced the last few years. I grew up with only SXS shotguns in the house and I have only one these days and almost never use it. I do have OU in a few different gauges from 410 - 12 ga and a few pumps and autos thrown in for good measure.
    It probably doesn’t matter much which coach gun you choose because they’re all related in one way or another unless you’re going for the high end stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stamps6 View Post
    Ok. I have little experience with the SXS you mention. The SXS manufacturing has greatly reduced the last few years. I grew up with only SXS shotguns in the house and I have only one these days and almost never use it. I do have OU in a few different gauges from 410 - 12 ga and a few pumps and autos thrown in for good measure.
    It probably doesn’t matter much which coach gun you choose because they’re all related in one way or another unless you’re going for the high end stuff.
    Thanks for the input. I guess I’m being paranoid because I have just seen some unbelievably bad reviews about some of the cheaper coach guns. Once saw a post stating their stoeger coach was pretty accurate on one side but 2ft off on the other barrel. To me it seems that around 900 you get walnut stock and basic firearm. Going to 1500 you’ll see some engraving and better barrels maybe “smoother” break and extraction. IMO spending 900 and doing some tweaking is better than spending 600 more for mostly (beautiful) engraving. But just hoping to make the right purchase the first time.

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    The CZ hammer coach is high quality and pretty hard to beat.
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    I agree with Mike, the CZ is quality. I don't care for the Stoegers ( hammer springs suck) and all the others are plain ugly.
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    It costs money to make a quality SxS shotgun. SxS barrel regulation (making both barrels shoot to the point of aim) is not a sience, its an art.

    A 'coach gun' is made for use at short distances (20 ft, or so) and barrel regulation is not such a major factor as it is in hunting guns.

    Rule of thumb: An inexpensive SxS shotgun is a cheap SxS shotgun.
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    20ft may be a little conservative. Will probably be going with the cz and hope for the best.

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    I love the cowboy look of a side by side shotgun but they aren't that great for hunting. More for self defense or just looks than anything.

    For hunting get a nice over/under shotgun and learn to use it. For 2K, I'd expect you could get a great shotgun, perhaps even a good Beretta or Benelli.

    That said, I'm not much of a shotgun guy, mostly just regurgitating things I've heard over the years.

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