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Ex Tax: $13,750.00
Product Code: Ebbs & Forgett SLE Magnum 20b sn008


General Specs: Ebbs-Forgett, Year 1974, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 1/2", DAC 1 7/16" Serial Number: 008 Here we have a stunning example of a fine English BEST GUN 20 bore at an incredibly affo...

Call: 1 (616) 292-6240 To Purchase

General Specs: Ebbs-Forgett, Year 1974, 20 Gauge, 5lbs 11oz, Chokes IC/M, LOP 14 1/8", DAH 2 1/2", DAC 1 7/16"
Serial Number: 008

Here we have a stunning example of a fine English BEST GUN 20 bore at an incredibly affordable price.  This gun, and a matching, consecutively serial numbered 12 bore also available, was built by Master Gunmaker Brian Ebbs in 1974 and remains unfired and in new condition.  Brian Ebbs was born in Birmingham England in 1938 and began as an apprentice gunmaker at an early age, ultimately achieving status as a Master Gunmaker in the elite world of British gunmaking.  His firm is listed in the seminal volumes of Nigel Brown, BRITISH GUNMAKERS, VOLUME 2, as EBBS-FORGETT OF 5/6 Price St., Birmingham, England from 1967-1974.  Ebbs was commissioned by an American, John P. Hundley, to build a matching set of 9-pin sidelock guns in 12 bore and 20 bore, which VFI is fortunate enough to have up for sale.  We are selling the guns individually if necessary but would prefer to keep this unique set of guns together if possible.  Maybe a couple of shooting buddies can buy them so they remain united.  The guns comprise a very versatile and useful set and are a better bargain purchased together, as it is always more costly to build a matching set of guns.  BOTH GUNS REMAIN UNFIRED.  It seems Mr. Hundley met an unfortunate death in a plane crash and never had the privilege of shooting these fine shotguns.  The 20 bore is MAGNUM PROOFED for 3” loads at 3 1/2 tons, which is a rare find in a British gun.  Balanced perfectly on the hinge pin and weighing 5lbs. 11oz. with its 27”IC/M finely struck barrels, this is the ultimate 20 bore upland gun, even for tough late season pheasants, ducks, or even turkey with its magnum capabilities.  The action and barrels are adorned with stunning Holland style scroll engraving, executed by an engraver that also worked for Holland & Holland.  The depth of the cuts, background shading, and perfection of the scroll is superior to any gun in its class.  There are no visible primer marks around the firing pin holes, indicating an unfired gun.  The mechanics are perfect, crisp, and new, and the gun is stocked to the fences with finely figured French walnut showing perfect wood-to-metal fit, crisp drop points, and delightfully engraved heel and toe plates with a checkered butt.  The trigger guard has the rolled edge, and the fences are beaded as well…attributes of a British BEST.  The barrels, action, and forend are marked “2” in gold inlays, and the gold stock shield remains blank, ready to be personalized with your initials.  The metal and wood finishes are 100% and untouched since leaving the shop in Birmingham.  If you choose to buy the set or just one gun, we can custom fit a case of your choice to the gun(s) within a few weeks of purchase.  To order a new British sidelock gun in today’s world, hand fitted and made as this gun was in 1974, would cost many times more than the price this gun can be purchased for.  There will be no better time than now to finally own a brand new, unfired, British 20 bore, Magnum Proofed, BEST GUN as beautiful as this one you see now.  Don’t hesitate, life is short…write the check!  Thanks for looking.


Barrel Length:  27"
Chokes:  .006/.018  IC/M
Bores:  both mirror 
Bore Diameter:  .619/.617
Wall Thickness:  .022/.030
% Blue:  100% original
Chambers:  3"  3 1/2 TON PROOF
Ribs:  Churchill style; tight
Sights:  single brass 


Action:  tight
Ejectors or Extractors:  ejectors, strong, timed
Case Color:  100% original
Screws:  perfect untouched
Engraving:  full coverage Holland type scroll
Trigger Type:  double, crisp
Trigger Guard Color:  100%


Type:  straight stock/splinter forend
LOP:  14 1/8"
DAH:  2 1/2"
DAC:  1 7/16"
Cast:  1/4" H 3/8" T Off
Checkering Condition:  perfect 28 lines per inch
Butt Treatment:  heel/toe plates; checkered


There are more photos upon request. There is a 30 day mechanical warranty on this gun. Call us for full details. Please see all of our fine Vintage Firearms on this website. We have many more sxs shotguns for sale and soon to be listed, check back or email us for a preview. Thanks for looking!

Payment and Shipping

Payment Methods: Credit Card, Money Order, Certified Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer (Advertised price represents the 3% cash discount price. Actual price if paid by credit card is 3% higher cost)
Inspection Period / Return Policy: Three Days from the date the item was received.
Sales Tax: 6% Michigan Only
Shipping & Insurance: Ground $140.00 We ship internationally!
Item Condition: Used
Requires FFL?: Yes


Call to purchase #616-292-6240.  If you have any questions please call or email us, at jay@vfiguns.com or sales@vfiguns.com. Thanks! Vintage Firearms Inc

We employ a full time gunsmith on premises and can perform alterations to suit your needs within a few weeks of purchase. Common requests are: -stock bending to suit your particular requirements -addition of any specified butt pad to increase length of pull -alteration of chokes to suit your shooting preferences -lengthening of chambers and forcing cones -darkening stock color with penetrating stains -restoring any part of the gun including rust blue, charcoal blue, bone and charcoal case color, wood restoration and checkering recuts. If you like one our guns but it needs "tweaked", let us know and we can quote you a time and price. Some enthusiasts like the guns "as found" and others want them "just so". We often list guns as found and let the particular buyer choose how they want their gun to fit or look.