I know this is a SWEDISH forum, but couldn't find a better place, and think that Valmet brand is well-known in Scandinavia.
I have several Valmet shotguns and a combination gun, all but one of them imported by Savage back in the 1970s. Have several questions about Valmet shotguns which I hope somebody can answer or give me some directions to find answers:
1) Did Valmet make shotguns before the O/U that they apparently based on the Remington 32 and Kreighoff designs (the sliding "top lock")? Did they make any side-by-sides?
2) Was the O/U design based on the Kreighoff or the Rem 32 or both, and who was the designer at Valmet?
3) Did Valmet ever make a 16 guage version of the O/U? (I've seen ONE advertised but didn't actually see the gun).
Any answers or comments greatly appreciated. I'm a shooter and a hunter, not a collector, but have managed to "collect" a Valmet "Finnish Lion" 12 ga O/U, a Savage/Valmet Model 333 12 guage O/U, a Savage/Valmet Model 330 12 guage Magnum O/U, and a Savage/Valmet Model 2400 12/.308 combination gun over the years. Love 'em all!