Just got the first good look at my recently passed grandfather's gun collection. In the shotgun category there is a Browning B-2000 12 gauge serial number 119xx. Also a Remington Model 11 12 gauge serial number
385xxx and date code DD which i believe means september of '35. The browning is in great shape all around but the remington is showing some wear. The blueing is maybe 75% and about an inch of the bottom of the stock at the butt has split off. Is it better to keep the original finish as is or get it reblued? and I am looking for a replacement stock and am having a difficult time finding any.
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January 20, 2011, 06:58 PM
I have a Remington Model 11 from just about the same vintage, Cabelas sells walnut butstocks and forends, my forend had a split but I used Devcon 2 ton epoxy on it, clamped it and it has never re-opened.
I had mine bead blasted dark matte blue, put a ramp site at the end of the shorter barrel with a fiber optic site, it had some weird site at the rear but I took it off.
Great gun as long as you know how to adjust the compression rings for your loads if you change from heavy to lite.
Please excuse any multiple postings...THR is having a bad day.
January 21, 2011, 01:48 AM
I *THINK* that the Remington 11 will just stand standard Browning A-5 stocks. It was a direct copy manufactured under the Remington name.
As to restoration, if the stock is cracked badly I'd go ahead and replace it, but personally, I wouldn't reblue the gun. Just personal opinion, but in my eyes a reblue "resets" a gun. It looks nice and new, but the history and the character are wiped away. If it's a generic pickup from a shop and I know nothing about it, then sure, I don't care about it's past life anyways, but I wouldn't do it to a family heirloom.
My grandad left behind an old Stevens 200 side-by-side that will be mine when my father is gone (hopefully many years down the road). Its not too rare a gun - there are cracks in the stock, and the finish is all but gone, but for as long as I'm alive it will stay that way.
January 21, 2011, 05:45 AM
Yeah mgmorden I have my reservations about refinishing the steel because it is a family heirloom and because I am almost positive it is the original finish.
I believe my grandfather (born the same year the date code indicates manufacture) must have inherited it from his uncle who served as a Louisiana state trooper. If it was a service weapon that adds even more family nostalgia too it.
Does anyone know the best place to find a replacement stock? and will the browning A-5 stock fit? ive heard of slight compatibility with the wood even though the mechanical aspects are nearly identical.
January 21, 2011, 07:57 AM
I have read that the stock tangs differ from the Remington 11 stocks to the Browning A5 stocks, but then it is wood and can be worked to fit. I did not care that mine being built I think in 1933 had any historical value, the barrel had been cut down to around 21", its reliable as long as I feed it decent 2 3/4" shells and is my home defense shotgun, I even had a light mounted on it once.
January 21, 2011, 08:32 AM
The tang is different. The plastic Ramline stocks WILL NOT fit. I have an 11 made in 1914 and replaced the stock with one from Brownells. It is a walnut one and required a good bit of fitting. Mine is a dark plum/brown color and I paid 60 bucks for it. Had to put 60 into it, but it is a neat old blasting shotgun that gets shot often. I cut the barrel to 18 inches because of a dent in it, re-sweated a bead on it as well.
January 21, 2011, 09:14 AM
I had a ramp site that was already on my cut down barrel, I further enhanced it with a small fiber optic rod. I also bought a medium thick sorbothane recoil pad and mounted it on my stock. The Model 11 seems to have a history of splitting the front stock, I am thinking I may try to acraglass or epoxy a thin sheet of carbon fiber cloth on mine. It was split but after a thorough soaking of brakeclean and alcohol to remove all the oil I spread it just a bit wider and mixed up some Devcon 2 ton epoxy, pushed it in as deep as I could and then compressed the wood and let it cure.
Maybe anything else isn't necessary, my finish is satin urethane, all smooth with no checkering.
January 21, 2011, 09:14 AM
Try this. I got a stock for a Savage 720 from them quite a while ago and it fit perfect. The Savage, Remington and Browning are all the same basic design and a lot of parts (not all) will interchange.