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I've always been one to care for my possessions. One such item is my silver pigeon field grade 3. 

Didn't want it getting knocked about rough shooting so bought an old o/u. Then I went and got a lighter sxs. Now have 3 guns when could have just used one. Friend is of the mind to use a good gun till it wears out and then replace. The Beretta will outlast me so thinking I should just get enjoyment out of it rather than keep it shiney in the cabinet. I probably shoot best with it than the cheaper two. Just wondered whether forum members ever suffer the same dilemma.

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Im with your mate, buy a gun to shoot it not look at it. You've said yourself you shoot better with the silver pigeon, why handicap your self by shooting a gun you don't get on with as well?

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Nope, shoot it, bit like people who "invest" in "nice" cars and look at them on a Sunday, and may even take them out if the sun shines.

You bought it for a purpose, now put it to that purpose.

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Yes get out and enjoy the gun and the woodwork !!

I've got a Silver Pigeon III and make the most of it.....don't just save it for best !! every day should be best !!

 

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Enjoy the gun, shoot it! That's what it was made to do, it's not an ornament! ....but this doesn't stop you looking after it!

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I have a number of english guns and they all get used. That is what they were built for and particularly if you shoot well with it, mad not to.

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Enjoy the gun but an SP is not the best for field use. 

Water, barbed wire fences, mud, and blood will ruin it. 

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Nah .buy more guns and enjoy shooting them too .

Im definatly of the mind that a gun is to be used and not looked at. But i also have different guns for different purposes.  Curently at 3 s. guns set them all up the same way .that way its easy to jump from one to the other .

I do the same with my rifles 

 

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13 minutes ago, oowee said:

Enjoy the gun but an SP is not the best for field use. 

Water, barbed wire fences, mud, and blood will ruin it. 

Blimey where do you accumulate that amount of damage to a gun shooting pigeons and game birds ?

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Not so much shooting pigeons as it's a pretty tame environment. 

Rough shooting and game shooting (not driven) , you walk a hedge and then may climb through it at the end (no gate) over the barbed wire fence. Shot bird,  pick it up out the ditch, mud water and blood on hands. Then it starts to rain. All of it avoidable of course unless you go out often and then the damage builds up. A wet gun needs to be dried and treated not easy if you go out two or three days on the trot. 

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Just shoot it and clean after. If you shoot better with it than the other two I'd sell them and buy more carts and a nice slip to put it in. 

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With all due respect the gun is a Beretta Silver Pigeon not a Purdey, Boss or Woodward. Use it and look after it.

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If it where a Purdey I would still use it and just be respectful to it. I have guns which have 'marks' and i remember where and when that happened...I was out enjoying myself.

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hello, could i suggest if your SP grade 3  fits and you shoot best with it, sell the side by side and cheaper O/U then buy the same but in grade 1, or an older model but the very same stock measurements, just a thought  

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7 minutes ago, The gouse said:

I would treat it like a Beautiful woman they both look good on the arm but cost a fortune.

Yep and when they get old and tatty swap them for a new model. 

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19 minutes ago, The gouse said:

I would treat it like a Beautiful woman they both look good on the arm but cost a fortune.

But it wouldn't stop you using it regularly and enjoying it!😋

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I can’t really see the point in buying something you regard as too precious to use. It’s only a SP shotgun. The whole idea is to enjoy its use.

I know people who own guns which never see the light of day...I can’t see the point. 

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2 hours ago, JDog said:

With all due respect the gun is a Beretta Silver Pigeon not a Purdey, Boss or Woodward. Use it and look after it.

With all due respect it's all relative to the individual and if someone has worked hard and saved hard to buy an SP3 then to them it could be worth more than a Purdey or Boss to somebody who is very wealthy 

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Use is not the same as abuse. I have a grade 4 field gun fixed chokes my son uses it on clays and game as I use a Sidelock sxs. We both climb fences hedges the lot. The stock has a lovely London hand oiled finish, it has a few small marks but he enjoys using it and shoots well with it. Farmer on same shoot I attended has a grade 5 with most of the colour worn off the action, he uses it for it's designed purpose. 

Dry it clean it and lube it but get the use of it

 

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I’m in the ‘tool for the job’ camp too, if only because it means I can buy more guns 😄.

I've also got a SP but it’s a 32” Sporter, so used only in the more controlled environs of a clay ground. 

I’ve a very well used e Rizzini as a hide gun, that I wouldn’t be in the slightest bit upset if it got more bashed. Would love a fixed choke sp for some rough shooting but can’t justify it just now. 

Although... If were to start again I’d just get a fixed choke SP and use for both. 

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