column By: Upland Almanac Staff | January, 21
On the Bench
The Plantation model has a true, case-hardened sideplate action with an abundance of configuration options for stocks and barrels.
Each version features deluxe, hand-fitted Turkish walnut forends and stocks with either an English, Prince of Wales or pistol grip. Additionally, a beavertail forearm option is available. Optional customized stock dimensions are also available.
The Plantation comes in all popular shotgun gauges and in a variety of barrel lengths. All gauges except the .410 feature thin wall taper-style flush choke tubes. Chokes on the .410 are fixed.
The 20-gauge model we tested had a checkered butt, straight grip, long tang trigger guard and splinter forearm. It was one of the new Hi-Rib models and weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.
Triggers were weighted at roughly 5 pounds apiece. The ejectors and action springs were very strong.
The receiver was treated through the traditional, bone charcoal case coloring process. Barrel finish was a high-gloss blue and appeared robust. A subtle detail was the jeweling on the receiver’s water table. Jeweling always adds a classic and elegant look to a shotgun.
The general operation was smooth, and the gun did not feel overly tight.
The cost benefit and effective-ness of the shooting steel are well understood, limitations of vintage firearms, which this shotgun emulates. The draw of this shotgun comes from the modernity of its features coupled with a classic appeal.
Competent in regards to its features and available in many variations, the Dickinson Plantation excels within its range.
At the Range
The gun is beautiful. That’s the first quality that was obvious from the moment the shooters unboxed it. The case-hardened coloring and the finish on the wood. “Stunning,” said Rick Thomas.
Ed Moore liked how the action closed “crisp and firm” and how trigger pull was crisp while Gilbert Holt liked the double triggers, the “aesthetic appeal” of the sideplates and how the forend was long enough that he could extend his pointer finger fully without running off the front end.
All three shooters felt the gun handled well. Holt and Thomas thought the gun swung well —“as if the barrels were longer,” said Holt. Thomas found it “held steady while swinging.” On the other hand, Moore thought it felt a little “whippy.”
Even though the gun seemed light enough when the men were just carrying it around, Holt thought that “it was heavy enough to absorb any recoil; I didn’t perceive any recoil at all.”
Said Thomas, “This is a nice, beautiful, two-trigger side-by-side that won’t break the bank.” Moore felt the MSRP was “spot on.” Holt agreed and said he thought the gun represented “a value for the beginner side-by-side shooter.”