In the field

Shooting Gazette - - The Review -

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.

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