On 19 October 2011 Pablo E-mailed firstname.lastname@example.org,
Pablo – “Hi!! I have some questions regarding the combo rifles, those with one shotgun barrel on top and one rifle barrel on the bottom, or the opposite, not the ones that you have to change the whole barrel to have a different caliber.
How good or bad are they? Which brand is good? What is the best combination of calibers?”
Straight Shooter answer: While not particularly popular in North America, or for that matter well known, combination firearms are used in Europe and Africa and come in a wide variety of rifle and shotgun cartridge choices. Combination Guns range from inexpensive to where I would have to take a mortgage out to afford one. Usually rifle over shotgun they also come in shotgun over rifle. The Combination Gun is a great way to be able to harvest both big and small game when carrying one firearm. When a scope is mounted with quick detachable mounts the Combination Gun is a long range rifle which turns into a shotgun, with available interchangeable chokes, quickly when needed. Why Combination Guns are not more popular here I really do not understand.
Savage Arms Model 24, no longer available, was perhaps the best known Combination Gun in North America and was available in 308 Win, 30-30 Win and .222 Rem Center Fire cartridges & 22LR and 22 Win Mag rimfire rounds over 12ga, 20ga and .410 shotgun. The Model 24 was an inexpensive way to get a reliable Combination Gun. You can find them occasionally at gun shows. They don’t last long when one does show up.
European made Combination Guns are available and some are reasonably priced for quality firearms. Germany, Austria and Italy have a number of manufactures that make very nice Combination Guns.
A few manufactures are:
Merkel, Suhl Germany
FAIR (Fabbrica Armi Isidoro Rizzini), Brescia, Italy
Sabatti, Brescia, Italy
As mentioned selection of rifle cartridges is wide, example from one company:
9,3x74R – 8x57JRS – 7x65R – 7x57R – 6,5x57R – 6,5×55 SE – 5,6x57R 5,6x50R Mag. – 22 Hornet – 308 Win. – 30-06 Spring -270 Win – 22-250 Rem. – 222 Rem. Mag. – 222 Rem.
12ga – 16ga – 20ga - 28ga & .410
Something for every hunter.
I have sold Combination Guns where the customer ordered an extra set of O/U shotgun barrels which gives the best of all worlds. Why Combination Guns are not more popular in BC completely eludes me considering the variety of game available to hunters in this Province.
Always Shoot Straight