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He wants it to shoot doves Stan! grin


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Please tell him he is my hero, and that it is my goal to shoot doves on my 100th b'day. I know of no other wingshooting that is quite so addictive, or so captivating.

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I've owned just about every brand of Spanish made gun out there.
I presently have a Garbi 101 12 bore with 29 1/2" Briley choked barrels.
Thinking of getting rid of it and look for a 20 bore.


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I had a AYA #2 20ga I bought from our member Shotgunjones, IIRC. It was a 27" barreled gun and I had my way with the quail using that gun. Probably shouldn't have sold it at the Vegas show. They are nice guns, but they aren't flawless masterpieces. Mine had some kind of funny spongy feeling trigger, I don't recall the details. We tend to forget the bad stuff.

Big surprise! found a picture of it.

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I love my Garbi 101 20ga.
Elegant engraving, not gaudy IMO.
I had an AYA #2 in 20 and sold it. Engraving was a bit busy for my taste.


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I remember that gun Chuck.

My only foray into the world of sidelocks.

It came from a co-worker who lived in Rhinelander, WI. We met at the Escanaba airport to do the deal and of course he had to show me how to take the locks off like it was some kind of secret of the universe and he proceeded to drop one of them in the parking lot. No damage, just a learning experience.

You apparently shot it better than I did. It shot low for me.

Glad you enjoyed it while you had it.


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A No. 2 IMO but watch out for the weight of the gun. AYA's are mostly too heavy for their bore size. I was at Fieldsport last week and all his 28 bore AYA,s were too heavy (over 6 pounds) and too expensive at around $7K.

I have a No. 2, I purchased from Cabella's, a few years ago that was almost perfect, dimension-wise, for me. It weighs in at 5 lb. 7 oz., which is about what a 28 should weigh, IMO. I got it for a good negotiated price but the firing pins were bent, as I later found out. New heat treated pins from Jim Eyster, fixed that problem and it has been a flawless shooter since then.

Take your time and look around for the gun that fits your shooting dimensions and balances well and is priced right.

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I'd like to get a 20 that's 6 lbs or less.

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If you are patient, one will show up that meets your expectations.
My #2 is one of my favorite grouse guns and, even though it is rather light, at about 5 1/2 lbs with 28 inch barrels, I do not find it "whippy" at all.

Just, FYI, other nice guns in the price range of an AYA 2, are WC Scott, 700 series guns and some German and Austrian guns. Teutonic guns, made before the war, can be a great buy since demand is low and their quality is much better than any Spanish gun.

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Correction: I meant Webley and Scott, 700 series.

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