In the field
When you have been testing shotguns for as long as
I have, it is easy to get a little blasé when something really special appears for a trip to Grange Farm for testing. However, shooting with the Christian Hunter over-under was one of those rare occasions where I was reminded what a uniquely privileged position I find myself in each month - it was an absolute joy.
Grange Farm instructor Bruce Marks and I were able to test a 20 bore Christian Hunter alongside the 12 bore, which made for an interesting comparison. The 20 bore was short in the stock and had obviously been built for a lady or a youth, and though I found it to be quite lively in the hand it nevertheless impressed. The straight-hand grip was a real pleasure and the gun swung beautifully, as you would expect of a 20 bore.
The 12 bore, meanwhile, at just a shade under 7lbs 7oz was consistently excellent, being well balanced, mounting beautifully and moving steadily, whilst allowing for quick and precise alterations in aim without losing control. It is a very positive gun, refined and satisfying to operate with particularly crisp trigger pulls. The flared barrel at the breech end, as well as being attractive, worked well with the intricately patterned top rib to create a strong sight plain.
Both Bruce and I were left very impressed by the Christian Hunter, finding it more than a match for the very best guns we have tested.