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I have decided I need a 16 GA side by side.I will use it for the occasional pheasant hunt and fun shooting clays.I do my own shot shell reloading so that will not be an issue.I"m looking for suggestions as to where to start my quest. Anyone have an opinion?

For a lighter field gun I have a Fox "A" grade which I really like. A Fox Sterlingworth is basically the same gun for a lot less money, but you did not say what your budget was. Quality double guns are not inexpensive. An LC Smith Featherweight might be another good candidate. Both are American made, and doubles in this country are mainly pre war production with some exceptions. Somebody is probably going to recommend a Turkish brand but I have no experience with them. If you want to put out the money, a Winchester Model 21, is as strong as a vault and currently, prices are low on 21s. I"ve seen several recently in 16 ga for sale.
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If you are fortunate enough not to have a budget, I would look at a Holland and Holland, but I"m guessing that you are like most of us and have a budget. After you know your budget, you need to decide on boxlock versus sidelock and then possibly new versus used and then country of origin.That will get you pointed in the right direction.For field use a nice boxlock is a pleasure to carry. An example: AYA 4/53 in 16 gauge is a nice gun and is probably around 4K now. For a better fit and finish contact MW Reynods to see if they have any Bournbrooks for about 7K.CZ makes a 16 gauge that will be less. Maybe less than a grand. There are a few Turkish guns to consider. Many of them are less than 2KSpanish SxS can go up quickly in price and there are some very good ones that can run well over 20KEnglish guns will be much higher.If you want a well-made gun that is ugly, buy a German gun. Merkel is more attractive than most German guns but can get pricey.These are just a few of the options.In the used gun market you have even more options.