Hi everyone, Thank you for allowing me to join you here. It seems like a pretty good place.
I got bit by the classic SxS bug about a year ago when I bought an LC smith in 12 ga. It's currently having a crack in the stock repaired and left me wanting for another for this bird season. I've shot SxS's for a while now and prefer them to any other. I could have done with one of my newer 20 Ga's but after one quail hunt last year with the LC Smith I knew it wouldn't be the same. I've also always had a desire for a 16 ga and got more serious about it lately after I pulled my dads MEC out and got started in shot shell reloading. My Llewellin pup just had her first birthday last month so I figured it would be a neat way to start her first full year hunting off with a new gun also. I found a 1928 16ga Sterlingworth two barrel set. Unfortunately I received the gun the day I got back from a week long sage/blue grouse hunt. Eager to get the dogs out again and with the new gun in hand, we got a few days hunting the Nebraska sandhills in on my way back to help my dad put up a barn.
we were able to hunt a few hours Wednesday afternoon and soon Emma found a single from a broken covey and the Sterlingworth bought down the first bird ever shot over Emma's solo point.
Sharptail and Sterlingworth.
Shortly after my older dog D found his bird.
Thursday we hunted two different public areas and found birds in both, took a few swims, a couple of shady breaks and took our three birds for dinner that night.
Friday morning we left our gypsy camp as the sun just began to light up the hills to the west. We found a few covies. D had the first find of the day.
Emma backing D.
A limit of Sharptails.
After our limit we headed back for the truck. The pup Emma more than proved herself, she consistently made more finds each day. I shot that Sterlingworth better than any shotgun I've ever held and was a pleasure to carry. It's my new favorite gun and I am falling for the 16 Ga hard as well. It was a great first trip to the area, one I cant wait to do again soon. The land is beautiful, as are the birds.
Last edited by JoshS on Thu Sep 28, 2017 6:33 am; edited 1 time in total
I apologize for the double picture. Hopefully I have it corrected now.
The Sterlingworth isn't near as beautiful as some of the guns you guys have posted lately around here. The stock was cut to 13 5/8 LOP which is why it's wearing a slip on. Getting a spacer to get the LOP brought to 14 1/2 will be the first thing that gets done to it. Hopefully I can find some nice wood to have it restocked, have the barrels reblued, the receiver recase-hardened, and after seeing a few of they ones here add some engraving also. At least for this year though that gun will be the first one I'll slide from its case to follow the dogs.
Joined: 06 Aug 2004
Location: Kansas High Plains
Welcome, and enjoy that Sterlingworth! A 16 gauge Fox is as good as it gets. And don't be too quick to apologize for her; the "eye candy" guns are certainly nice to look at, but a good ol' field grade with some honest wear and some stories to tell...now that's what really blows my skirt up . I never get enough of those photos.
_________________ I feel a warm spot in my heart when I meet a man whiling away an afternoon...and stopping to chat with him, hear the sleek lines of his double gun whisper "Sixteen." - Gene Hill, Shotgunner's Notebook
Joined: 17 Mar 2017
Location: Endless Mountains of Pa
You got that right never apologize for a great old American Classic Double Gun!
Especially a 16 leaning on a fence post with Sharpies it has just taken. eye Candy is nice only if it shoots well in the field and forest.
_________________ "L.C. Smith America's Best" - John Houchins
Oh don't get me wrong, I have no problem with her looks. She does have some really small surface rust in spots on the barrel that I'd like to have taken care of for good. The stock is just a matter of function equals beauty. A spacer will do for a while, but I think down the road it would be nice to have her restocked and prettied up. That way my hands can leave some wear marks as well as other members of my family keeping the story going for a long time to come. It'd be neat I think to have both of my current dogs engraved on the receiver but I doubt I'd ever really be able to pull the trigger on it. I just wish these old guns could tell you stories as you carried them in the field. I know my mind wonders between points about what some of those stories might be.
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