In this video from last year, a young British authority explains that side-by-side shotguns are now considered passÃ© and are declining in price (one ray of sunshine!) and he advises taking up the over-and-under (boo! hiss!)
Personally, I not only prefer side-by-sides, I prefer side-by-side hammer guns. You know what Lord Ripon said about hammerless shotguns? He called them: “spaniels without ears.”
Frederick Oliver Robinson, 2nd Marquess of Ripon, GCVO, FRS (29 January 1852 â€“ 23 September 1923), who once had six pheasants dead in the air at the same time. Lord Ripon shot so fast that he was able once to down 28 pheasants in sixty seconds as a shooting party guest on the Sandringham House estate. He also holds the record of the greatest recorded lifetime bag of birds shot: 556,000, including 241,000 pheasants.