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sammio
June 29, 2005, 04:40 PM
I inherited my dad's shotgun. It is a Remington Automaster-Model 878. Could someone please tell me the estimated age and value of this gun? Thanks!

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Tony44
June 29, 2005, 04:53 PM
Priceless.

Fred Fuller
June 29, 2005, 10:05 PM
Remington might be able to tell you te exact mfg date given the serial number. As to value, someone with a Blue Book at hand will have to answer that one. The Automaster wasn't around too long, and some critical parts are now hard to find. Be careful with it, don't shoot it with steel shot or magnum loads, best to treasure it as an heirloom and use it sparingly.

lpl/nc


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Rupestris
June 29, 2005, 10:26 PM
According to the Standard Catalog of Firearms there were Approximately 60,000 made between 1959 and 1962. Available in 12 gauge only while the Model 58 was available in 12, 16, and 20ga.

Excellent condition is listed at just under $300.

Being a couple years old (the book, that is) I assume its off by a few bucks. Of course price will vary by location, condition, and ones desire to own one.

With that said, Lee has it right. There are some parts listed on gunbroker.com but few. use it sparingly, but do use it.

Sorry for your loss. While you have a very nice shotgun, Its not the best way to acquire one.

sammio
June 30, 2005, 10:59 AM
Thank you everybody for your replies!

My dad died 13 years ago. My stepdad has cleaned the gun for me over the years. It does work, but probably only only been shot three times in the last 15 years. I am a female (daddy's only child) who doesn't hunt and don't know much about shotguns. I do not have any children to pass it down to. I have kept it because it belonged to daddy and I treasure everything I have from him. I have been considering selling it, because I don't want it to sit and eventually ruin. Now, if I do decide to sell it, I will have an idea of where to start, or maybe I will get a nice case and hang it on the wall somewhere!

Thanks again for the info!

Fred Fuller
June 30, 2005, 02:10 PM
Sammio,

Sorry I forgot to welcome you to THR earlier- glad to have you aboard.

It's always hard to get a gun by inheiriting it from someone you loved, but it can be a good way to remember someone. I have my grandfather's vintage 1929 Winchester Model 94, and I treasure it immensely. I have no children of my own to pass it on to but it will go to one of my cousin's children who will treasure it also. I haven't shot it in decades but I recently inspected it to make sure it was in good shape- and it was fine.

It doesn't hurt for a gun to sit unused as long as it is properly stored, it won't ruin or go bad as long as it is taken care of. It is best not to store a gun in a case, as that can hold condensation against it and make it rust. It should be stored in an area where the climate is controlled, outbuildings, basements and attics are not necessarily good places. A closet can work well.

There are various approaches to storing guns which will not be used for a time. I like to do it this way- First be sure to write down the make, model and serial number on a card or paper. I field strip the gun to be stored and give it a good cleaning, coat inside metal surfaces with plain petroleum jelly, reassemble and release all possible springs (in this case, make double sure the chamber/magazine is empty, push off the safety and pull the trigger so the hammer is at rest). Then lightly but thoroughly coat the wood surfaces with Johnson's paste floor wax- if you get it on the metal it will not hurt and can actually help. I also coat exterior metal surfaces with a light application of plain petroleum jelly. Then I wrap the gun completely in waxed paper, wrapping it in form-fitting fashion. It is good to pad sharp edges (muzzle, sights, bolt handle) with swatches of wax paper as you wrap to keep the wraps from tearing as easily. I use masking tape to secure the wrapping.

I then add a wrap of butcher paper, or plastic lined freezer paper, with the plastic side inside, also secured and completely sealed with masking tape. I write on the outside of the butcher paper the make, model, serial number and origin plus any other information I have about the gun with a permanent marker. This will allow you to store the gun without attention for years. It had been about ten years since I last put my grandfather's gun in the back of the safe wrapped in this way, and it has not deteriorated at all.

If you want to display it instead, there are numerous ways to do that. But security becomes an issue for guns on display, they are a favorite target of thieves. It is difficult to display a gun so that it is secure from theft. We keep no firearms at all visible at home, though we would like to be able to do so here (the air rifle over the back door doesn't count).

I hope you can find a way to keep your dad's shotgun as an heirloom and enjoy having it. It is an unusual gun and marks a step in the development of Remington's semiautomatic shotguns, from the Model 11 (recoil operated, the Browning design) to the Model 11-48 (also recoil operated but streamlined) to the Model 58 (Remington's first gas operated semiauto) to the Model 878 (also gas operated) and culminating in the introduction of the Model 1100 in 1963 and its evolution into the Model 11-87 25 years later.

Regards,

lpl/nc

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