I think you are in the market for a Double Barrel.
Best Bet: If you can locate a IOF DBBL made 1968-1980, they are quite decent. Just change the sear springs(will cure misfiring) and lightly stone the internals and reassemble the gun. You will have a gun good for hunting/self defence/light duty target shooting.
Earlier ones had ejectors with numerous problems. Later on the ejector was dropped, but the guns used to shoot loose and misfire frequently. Around 1968 IOF finally rectified most problems but not infrequent misfiring.
Some Jammu built guns (NSA), Doubles only/(not their singles), from the same period were quite good. They were in fact complete guns imported in the white from Spain, stocked and blued in India. The guy only had a licence to import barrels, but managed to import whole guns illegally.
Other than that people I know tell me modern Indian guns have the following problems: Misfires, Failure to cycle, Extractors jumping the cartridge heads and cartridge sticking in barrel, with high brass ammo guns lock after firing and foreend needs to be removed to open gun, doubling is a common problem, Firing pins not retracting completely with risk of gun firing on closure.
Problems are rampant across all brands.
Imported guns too have problems.
When I was shopping for my DBBL in 1978, I came across quite a few problems/scams with imported guns. Dealers would swear the guns were A1 condition. They had no idea I knew better.
Most all Belgian Hammer/(some Hammerless too) guns were Black powder proofed despite having fluid steel barrels. Lot of English hammer guns, had Desi barrels. Many guns were cheap guns with fake Big names branded on the ribs. Some guns had paper thin barrels (scrubbed to get rid of pitting). Two thirds of guns had desi replacement parts and were badly blued. Many guns had rust underneath the ribs (checked by tapping of barrels). Some guns had no chokes because the barrels had been shortened to get rid of Bulged ends. Most guns had dents in the barrels. Most stocks were weak due to heavy oiling, quite a few guns had replacement desi stocks. I can go on and on.
Such was the state in 1978 when most shops in Delhi had quite a few Imported guns in stock. With no new imports and 28 years gone by, things could have gotten much worse.
That is why I suggested the IOF gun. (It might not be great but still functional(Sear springs replaced) and you will probably pay very little)
PS:Ultimately I found a great (New In Box) Webley Scott Double from a private party. I still have that gun under my Masar's licence.
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