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It will be about 105 degrees here in Texas again today, but now that we’re on the backside of August, gradually sliding toward September, we can’t help but think of fall a little more often. And with dreams of falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and plowed fields come visions of pointing dogs, fluttering wings, and someone shouting rooster!

Back in The Time Before, CZ wisely decided to bring back their beautiful Bobwhite G2 side-by-side shotgun. It’s the classic English double gun for those of us who can only dream of owning one made by Purdey, Boss, Powell, or Holland & Holland.

CZ Bobwhite G2 side by side shotgun

This lightweight beauty will run you about $650, a tiny fraction of what you’d pay for the better English smoothbores. But we have it on very good authority that it carries about as well and when used to good effect, is every bit as deadly in the field on pheasant, quail, and dove.

Here’s the latest from CZ designed entice you into making a little room in your safe ahead of hunting season . . .

Emerging as the best-selling side-by-side on the market year over year, CZ BOBWHITE G2 has established itself as not only the finest side-by-side in its category but stands out as the most accessible with both left-handed and intermediate-sized variants available. CZ’s BOBWHITE is built using Italian barrel steel hand-fit to a CNCed steel action. The BOBWHITE’s crisp double triggers, Circassian walnut furniture and hand-engraved details are befitting a shotgun priced well beyond its $799 base MSRP. 

Building on a long history of quality side-by-side models, CZ’s second-generation BOBWHITE improved on its preceding model in nearly every way. As a result of the newly built and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, all metalwork, from actions to triggers to hammers, gained a level of precision previously unimaginable. Improved spring systems resulted in even greater longevity and reliability, and attractive laser-engraved checkering elevated the shotgun’s handling and feel on clays and in the field. 

With classic lines, the CZ BOBWHITE G2 features a slender English-style grip allowing a shooter to slide their hand forward and rearward to easily choose which of the two triggers they wish to pull. An elegant splinter forend gives a good purchase while helping manage the weight and balance of the shotgun. 

With its action, barrels, and other metalwork finished in a hardy and attractive black chrome, the CZ BOBWHITE G2 wards off the elements far better than shotguns with a standard blued finish. Chrome-lined bores do the same to prevent corrosion internally, and a common Mobil-style choke system makes fitting aftermarket choke tubes an easy proposition. 

Not only is the CZ BOBWHITE G2 available in standard form in 12, 20, and 28 gauges, but it also has specific sub-models to fit shooters who might need help finding a modern side-by-side without going the custom route. 

The CZ BOBWHITE G2 Southpaw is the most notable, with a stock specifically shaped to put the left-handed shooter’s dominant eye directly behind the rib. ‘Cast on’ would feel as unnatural to a right-handed shooter as a standard gun can feel to a lefty. 

Also increasing the BOBWHITE’s accessibility is an Intermediate model with slightly shorter 14″ stock and 26″ barrels. Built for smaller-stature shooters, it allows them to use a side-by-side that fits them more properly, lending confidence and the ability to be more successful in the field and on the clay course. 

No matter what a shooter needs in a side-by-side, there’s a CZ BOBWHITE G2 to fit the bill – and without a heavy hit to the pocketbook!

CZ BOBWHITE G2 Specifications:

      • SKU: 06390, 06391, 06414, 06397, 06398, 06399
      • Gauge: 12, 20, and 28 gauges
      • Max. Shell Length: 3” (76 mm)
      • Trigger: Double triggers
      • Stock: Circassian Walnut, English style grip with splinter forend
      • Length of Pull: 14 1/2” (368 mm), 14” (356 mm) on Intermediate model
      • Frame Material: Steel
      • Extractor/Ejector: Single Solid Extractor
      • Barrel: Italian steel, chrome-lined
      • Barrel Length: 28” (711 mm), 26” (660 mm) on Intermediate model
      • Weight: 6 lbs (2721 +/- 5 g) – 7.3 lbs (3311 +/- 2 g) – based on configuration
      • Sighting: Serrated rib with single white bead
      • Chokes: Set of flush-mount interchangeable chokes included
      • Safety: Tang-mounted safety
      • MSRP: $799-849

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  1. I still prefer a SxS Sweet 16 or Sweet 16 automatic over them all. We need to return the 30″ barrel 10 gauges too if we want fresher poultry.

  2. Nice to see an article about a bird gun. About the only thing I care to hunt today. Sixteen shoulder mounts on the wall. How many do you need? Didn’t even load a rifle last deer season. The quail were scared as shit though.

    • I scare the crap out of the quail. But injuring them? That’s another story.

      Some day I’m going to have to learn to shoot.

      • Sounds like me and ruffed grouse. Not even a feather, until after I spent a summer wingshooting starlings at the mulberry tree on the farm.

        I’d like to get a double some day, one of just a few types of guns I have never owned. I have a friend who uses a Ruger Red Label for doves. Seems to me it’s a 20, and he swears by it. Which ones do you guys shoot?

        • I use a 12. A Benelli auto loader. I would like 20 or 16 for dove and quail but I live in CA. We cannot use lead ammo and the steel isn’t as effective out of the lighter bores.

        • Hawkeye, my favorite bird gun is a Remington 1100 Special Field in 20. Most of the plantations around here no longer allow repeaters so I bought an early Browning Citori w/Prince of Wales grip. Nice shotgun, but I don’t shoot it as well as my Remington. I also recently traded a Randall #1 for a Remington 1100 Special Field in 12. Aspersions of pheasant hunting in SD. Bucket list, you understand.

        • i’ve had a red label sporting clays model for thirty years, never fired. always grab the 16ga ithaca.

        • Interesting, thanks for the responses. That kinda fits what I’ve seen over the years. I’ve seen only two guys using a double in the field. One is the dove hunter, and the other was a grouse hunter who also had a Red Label, folded over the crook of his arm when we crossed paths with him on a SE Ohio hillside years ago. It seems that most guys prefer a pump or autoloader for a working gun.

          Gadsden Flag, I hope you get to tie into those pheasants. That’s one of the top places to go, for sure.

      • Singleton quail flushed, dumbass forgot to chamber a round. A5 went click, quail went yikes!, folded and crashed hard into thick briars. Had the gun fired, and I missed (no chance of that, right), I would spent an hour looking for that sneak.

        Quail are smarter than people think.

    • Gadsden Flag,

      Didn’t even load a rifle last deer season.

      Friendly suggestion: if you don’t already have a full-size revolver in .44 Magnum with at least a 6-inch barrel, acquire one and take up deer hunting with that revolver.

      I already have a full-size revolver of that flavor and I am absolutely planning on just that this season. (Last year, I was able to land 100% of shots on a 6-inch steel gong at 50 yards with the factory iron sights so I know that I can take deer out to 50 yards with that revolver.)

      From what I hear, hunting deer with a revolver–especially hunting from the ground or still-hunting–is a lot of fun. I hope to find out this year.

      • I have taken several whitetails with handguns. I had to up my game for sure, and loved it. If you’re a bowhunter, you will have a leg up on it.

        • hawkeye,

          I like to think of myself as a decent archery hunter and have harvested two with my compound bow and two with my crossbow.

          My only “miss” was a doe almost directly underneath my tree stand and my arrow ended up just going through the top of the deer’s back. (And I am almost certain that she survived). I learned from that debacle to wait for a shot when the deer is a bit farther away from my tree!

          Since I seem to be able to land 100% of shots from my revolver out to 50 yards, I am tempted to try hunting with that from the ground rather than a tree. That would definitely increase the difficulty. I guess I will find out this season!

    • this gun, as sweet as it is, is made in turkiye.
      nort sure why they boast of italian steel, i’ve owned ducati’s, guzzi’s, morinis and aermacchis.

  3. I wonder if the current interest in 410 will transfer to 28ga. It is way better.

    Nice to see it chambered affordably.

    • Bhuttaire,

      What I REALLY want to see is ammunition manufacturers offering slugs in 28 gauge which would mean a slug around .50 caliber or thereabouts. Now THAT would be an OUTSTANDING home-defense platform in my opinion–especially for individuals or families who are not keen on 12 gauge or even 20 gauge shotgun recoil (which means a LOT of people).

      I believe anyone who manufactured a corresponding shotgun in 28 gauge would not be able manufacture them fast enough to meet demand.

      • Is it bad my first thought was how much would a semi auto short barreled version need to weigh to function reliably not recoil heavily and be easy to handle for children and reduced strength elderly/injured? Even with the NFA issues could probably be made to work. Now ammo supply on the other hand………..

        • SAFEupstateFML,

          Not bad at all. Since the invention of gunpowder, firearm manufacturers have expended 99.5% of their efforts at designing and manufacturing firearms for fit male shooters, age 12 and up.

          I want firearm manufacturers to design a few long guns for children (age of about 10 and up), women with limited weight/strength, and elderly people with reduced strength and fitness. I believe one such category of long guns suitable for people of limited size/strength could be a 28 gauge shotgun. (I believe the other category of long guns suitable for people of limited size/strength would be pistol-caliber [or equivalent ballistics] firearms.)

        • One of my first thoughts with 30sc but 380acp/9mak have some history in that field along with 32acp. Either way sized for age 10 is one path and weighted/recoiling for adults of similar strength would be another (but similar) path in design.

        • Tsbhoa the only reasons I don’t mention the wide array of revolver compatible 32 is supply of ammo and capacity. Not that 32acp is much better with potential rimlock but magazine potential for greater than 10 shots in a compact package would be difficult and/or expensive with rimmed cartridges. With that said would love to see more lever action 327 magnum.

  4. Haha… I laugh at you Hilljack Capitalvanians that need fancy GUNS to do your dirtywork for you. All I use for birdhunting is an old school WristRocket slingshot and whatever pebbles are found around me on the ground. Sometimes I switch hands just to give them a sporting chance and I only take headshots. So keep saving your nickels and dimes up for some crappy Hungarian knockoff noisemaker you MAGA wannabes. Oh and Debby will be along shortly to tell how to fit TWO valvestems into this beauty, yuk yuk yuk.

    • Bravo to the dacian impersonator!

      And two thumbs-up for the Beverly Hillbillies meme on slingshot and accuracy reference!

      • Why do you think I’m not the real dacian? Do you think that maybe since my mom has to come downstairs anyway to bring me breakfast and make my bed that I can’t get her to proofread and rewrite my diatribes while she makes sure my meds are kicking in? Ha, didja maybe think of that? Fucking genius you aren’t.

        • Doesn’t your Jr Hill start again this week? Or is too hot in Never Never Land to go to school?

  5. Had me at 28ga. Cannot resist all thingys 28ga. Started with a DU Browning BPS 28ga.
    Downhill slide since. Collect all SxS/OU SKBs. But, the 28s are my passion.

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