Thanks for the info guys. I would really like to get a 16 gauge sxs, but I would want one with absolutely zero problems. I am sick and tired of buying "projects" when I thought I was getting something problem free.
There is a great article online, called "How to Buy a SXS Shotgun Right." The guy gives a list of 21 separate things he inspects on used sxs, and how to physically do all of this at a gunshow. Given that most of the mid to lower grade classic doubles were used hard by hunters and are now approaching 70 years old, I get the impression that not 1 in a hundred guns I would examine at a show would pass the 21 point inspection.
This kind of pushes me into the 1960s to 1970s Matadors and Ugartecheas. The Ugartecheas imported by American Firearms Co. in California are often listed online in 12 gauge, in very very good shape, in the $600 range, and every thing I read about them says they are excellent. They were made in 16 gauge, but the only 16 I ever saw was something like a grade 3 for nearly $1,800.
The Matadors seem to be highly regarded as well, but their stocks look someone cheaper.
Of course, I would love to have a high grade Fox Model B made in 1949 or 50 instead, but finding one that isn't broken in one of the 21 ways seems doubtful.
I see a new in box 16 gauge Ringneck for sale for around $1,200 but given the hit or miss quality of some of these, I just can't see spending that kind of money. Many are nice guns, but some get reported as shooting a foot right or left of high, or having firing pin problems. If you are not the original buyer, CZ won't fix them for free, and sometimes just won't fix them at all.