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I just want to learn so.....both!!!

As for individual famous duck guns I think the list begins and ends with "Bo Whoop"...Geo

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As for individually famous duck guns I think my list begins and ends with 'Bo Whoop"...Geo

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GE Lewis Wildfowler

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Thomas Bland `The Brent`
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Parker never had a special waterfowl grade like Fox, Smith and Ithaca. But I bet they made more special built SxS duck guns than anyone when you consider the number of 8's, 10's and long barreled (32"+) 20ga and 12ga guns in the records.

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The Fox Supers, in 12 and also in 20 gauge, were designed as long range waterfowlers. The "penultimate" 12 ga. Supers are the ones marked as originally having 3" chambers. The chambers are reamed in a certain manner, with a certain taper that is unlike other 3" chambered guns, and require sophisticated measuring to determine originality. There are also 2 3/4" chambered Supers that are original. Supers are unique in that they were designed for a particular waterfowl load that was developed by Western as a long range waterfowl load. If I am not mistaken the HE grade Super Fox is the only gun ever designed and built for a particular duck load. It has a different frame size than other 12 ga. Fox guns, and has specially bored bores and chokes to hold tight patterns at longer ranges.

The L C Smith that was designed as a long range waterfowler is the 'LONG RANGE', and so marked on the underside on the through lump. However, the first year they were offered for sale (1924) the Smith LONG RANGE was SUPPOSEDLY not marked as such.

There are many, many iterations of American made shotguns that are effective long(ish) range waterfowlers, but the two I mentioned were designed and advertised as long range duck guns. As mentioned above, there was a small area of dedicated small bore duck hunters in California, and there are examples of guns having been ordered for members of those duck clubs. I have a Parker DHE that was originally sold to that area. It has 32" 16 ga. barrels, and another set of 32" 20 ga. ones. I have no proof that it was ordered for, or by, a member of one of those clubs, but it is a sweetie on the dove field.


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With Parkers a letter can give you great clues about what the gun was intended for. I own a DH Parker 12ga #3 frame 34" barrels choked F/F that was shipped to Montana in 1900 to be patterned for #5 and #4 shot, 2 7/8" chambers. That's a no question duck gun!!

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Winchester Model 21 12ga duck gun with 30" to 32" barrels. Factory 3" chambers, full & full choking with a 13 5/8" LOP for wearing heavy winter fowling clothing. Specifically made for water fowling with the then new Super-X ammunition.

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Probably the next most famous side by side waterfowl gun after Bo Whoop is this Ithaca NID No. 4+ made for Capt. (later Major) Chas. Askins but actually much more associated with Elmer Keith --

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I never much cared for the later restock Elmer had done --

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