They are no worse than the hammerless Stevens.
Actions are fairly well made and stay relatively tight through years of shooting.
I wouldn't shoot loads heavier than 1 1/4 ounce 3 3/4 dram field equivilent loads but they will handle a steady diet.
Never, ever, dry snap one of these old guns!
The firing pins are the weak link and they will pitch firing pins in no time flat if you dry snap them.
Always use snap caps.
Pins can be easily made and can usually be found at parts dealers but it isn't cheap getting somebody to replace them and fit them up so they don't pop primers.
Why spend the extra money if you don't have to.
You bought yourself a decent old hammer gun, treasure it.
September 28, 2006, 11:12 AM
Onmilo, thanks for the tip. John, that 235 looks similar, but maybe cuz it's 16 gauge it looks different in some respects. Thanks for the help.
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