J.C. Higgins Bolt action 12 gauge


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CajunMan89
January 4, 2013, 10:34 PM
I posted a thread on this gun a while back. However, seeing that it was a bolt action gun, I automatically assumed it was a rifle, not knowing much about guns LOL.

Is there any way to determine the exact age of this shotgun (date of manufacture)?

I assume that it was made in the 50s, but I'm not sure.

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rcmodel
January 4, 2013, 10:58 PM
Not really that I'm aware of.

Nobody collects bolt-action shotguns, or J.C. Higgins gun.

As such, nobody has done the research on serial numbers, or written the books like you find on guns people do research & collect.
(If your gun even has a serial number. Many of them don't, as they were not required by law until 1968.)

The best you can probably do is cross-reference the Sears model number off the barrel with this.
http://www.hoosiergunworks.com/catalog/cross_reference.html

Then research the years that company was making that specfic model of gun.

rc

303tom
January 4, 2013, 11:23 PM
Don`t remember it, you got any pictures ?

CajunMan89
January 5, 2013, 12:49 AM
Here's one nearly identical to the one I have.

http://www.google.com/imgres?q=j.c.+higgins+model+10+bolt+action+12+gauge&hl=en&sa=X&tbo=d&qscrl=1&rlz=1T4TSNO_enUS505US505&biw=1600&bih=744&tbm=isch&tbnid=uyxwS3mtvksNgM:&imgrefurl=https://www.proxibid.com/asp/LotDetail.asp%3Fahid%3D488%26aid%3D58038%26lid%3D14594839&docid=gGD_elJm_bPRzM&imgurl=https://www.proxibid.com/AuctionImages/488/58038/FullSize/22.jpg&w=1024&h=489&ei=ML7nUJ39Dsea2AWY8YGAAw&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=368&vpy=475&dur=5851&hovh=155&hovw=325&tx=214&ty=145&sig=103741402742711178775&page=3&tbnh=137&tbnw=273&start=65&ndsp=37&ved=1t:429,r:81,s:0,i:339

1911 guy
January 5, 2013, 02:05 AM
I remember the original thread. I tried to look up some info when you posted the original question, but much of the information on Higgins guns was spotty at best and downright convoluted at worst. There were serial number conflicts on a single page, as well as model number discrepancies. You may be out of luck. But it never hurts to keep trying. I just wouldn't make it a life mission, if you know what I mean. Poke at it for a while, but be prepared to call it a day after a decent effort.

303tom
January 5, 2013, 10:37 AM
Ill tell you what I know or should I say, what I think I know. JC Higgins is a brand name used by Sears & Roebuck, they were built by Savage, Stevens & Springfield, Oh & Fox. The shotgun in question is what a 101-xx, something like that, which is a Stevens/Savage 39A, 59A, B or C.........And were built between mid 1930`s & late 1940`s, and it`s worth to the right person upwards of 250 bucks depending on condition, hope that helps.............Oh they even made em in .30 WCF.

rsrocket1
January 5, 2013, 10:57 AM
A liittle Googling turned up these:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_is_the_age_of_a_12_gauge_JC_Higgins_Model_583.10_shotgun
http://www.histandard.info/models/private/Sears/SearsBolt.html
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_do_you_find_the_date_of_manufacture_on_a_JC_Higgins_Model_20_shotgun
http://www.histandard.info/PDF/Sears%20Shotguns.pdf

Rough guess: 2/27/1947

DammitBoy
January 5, 2013, 11:27 AM
Nobody collects bolt-action shotguns...

Not true. Especially the Mossy bolt-action shotgun has started to become considered collectible.

I've sold several for a 100% profit. They used to sell for $65-75 and you can still find them at that price. Collectors will pay $175-180 for ones in good condition with the select-choke.

12ga and 16ga being the most popular.

Deltaboy
January 5, 2013, 11:36 AM
They are great Farm truck shotguns .

gamestalker
January 5, 2013, 06:30 PM
I had one of those back in the 1980's. Interesting to say the least, but it was reliable and put a good number of birds on he ground.

GS

au_prospector
January 5, 2013, 07:08 PM
I think I would like to try a round or two of 5 stand with a bolt action shotgun.
("A" card of course)

oneounceload
January 5, 2013, 09:03 PM
If you go to www.proofhouse.com, you should be able to determine who made the gun

rcmodel
January 5, 2013, 09:41 PM
Mmmmm?
A manufactures cross-referance chart link was in post #2.

rc

El Mariachi
January 27, 2013, 11:24 AM
I'm not afraid to admit that I have four JC Higgins 12 gauge boltys, two operational & two are awaiting the lucky day that I can find the elusive, recalled bolts on them that aren't going for a hundred bucks a pop these days. Real fun guns to shoot and we always get folks coming over to ask about them when we're at the range. The last time in fact,we were at Angeles shooting range outside of Hell-A, and there was a group of about eight or nine kids there in their early/mid 20's shooting clays with a couple of newer pumps. They seemed nice enough so I let them all cut loose with the shiny one that I brought----they had a friggin blast with that one for almost an hour.....:D



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El Mariachi
January 27, 2013, 11:45 AM
Btw, the last JC Higgins firearms were sold in 1961 (with a very, very slim chance that a few were still in the Sears stores in early '62), but it's safe to say that they're all at least 50 years old now....

DammitBoy
January 27, 2013, 02:18 PM
Beautiful wood, Mariachi!

Deltaboy
January 27, 2013, 11:07 PM
Nice wood and solid ole shotguns.

oneounceload
January 28, 2013, 08:54 AM
Mmmmm?
A manufactures cross-referance chart link was in post #2.

rc

Proofhouse is just a different one. I have found that sometimes, they do not all have the same data or one might not be as complete. Can't have too many references for this stuff.....

Loc n Load
January 28, 2013, 09:56 AM
I have a JC both in 16 and 20 ga.....the 16 belonged to my dad and he bought it in 50's.....I hunted with it for years....great squirrel gun.....I also have a twin to it in 20....I acquired it a couple of years ago....they are great hunting guns.

Loc n Load
January 28, 2013, 02:12 PM
The two guns I have are identical to the one's pictured by El Mariachi.....except mine as mentioned on the previous post are 16 and 20 ga.
These guns according to Wiki Pedia were manufactured in the 50's in a joint effort by Sears and Hi standard.....Sears apparently owned a portion of Hi Standard back then.....good guns.

Janos Dracwlya
February 3, 2013, 12:45 PM
Just for grins and giggles, would there be any way to put a magazine extension on one of these?

El Mariachi
February 3, 2013, 08:26 PM
You mean extend the length of the tube? Mine were all unplugged(except one, which had a wooden dowel in so that it would only hold 2 rounds) but they all hold five rounds.....plus one in the chamber if so desired......

Janos Dracwlya
February 7, 2013, 09:48 PM
Yes, that's what I'm asking: can the tube be extended and how easy would that be?

Thanks.

JERRY
February 7, 2013, 09:52 PM
i have a Westernfield 20ga. bolt action, 2 shot detachable magazine, with a poly choke....heard rumor it was made by mossberg for montgomery wards way back when ever.

HB
February 8, 2013, 04:30 AM
Bolt actions were the rich mans single shot. While relatively primitive, they offered a second shot faster than most. Honestly, i look at them as a collectible as much as the .32 s&w revolvers of Iver Johnshon, H&R, and others as other cool toys... fun. They are a "relics" of the past that has credibility yet there were the most firepower available until other things were available.

Sure, a pump gun may be quicker, but many a hunter has downed game with a lesser weapon.

HB

John Stimson
February 8, 2013, 08:06 PM
There were a number of different variations of the Sears J. C. Higgins Model 10 which are distinguished from one another by teh Sears reference number 583.??. The 583 part of teh number was sears source code for High Standard. Tha balance of the number tells teh model and variation. After December 1956 there should be an assembly date code on teh barrel just forward of the receiver.

CajunMan89
February 27, 2013, 01:33 PM
The only number on the gun is 583.10. and what the barrel is chambered for.

El Mariachi
February 27, 2013, 10:35 PM
That should be the 1st Generation of the Model 10's then, if the numerology goes how I think it goes. If I recall correctly, my four different ones (marked Sears/JC Higgins) go from 583.13 thru 583.18. And all of them were the recalled ones.....

303tom
February 27, 2013, 11:37 PM
The only number on the gun is 583.10. and what the barrel is chambered for.
It`s a Hi Standard Model 10, 2 & 3/4in. shells..................

CajunMan89
February 27, 2013, 11:37 PM
So if it's considered a first generation gun, was it made in the 50s?

According to the recall that I found online, mine wasn't listed. Definitely a good thing!

Here is a link to another forum that has the recall posted:

http://forum.pafoa.org/general-2/63510-jc-higgins-bolt-action-shot-guns-recall.html

CajunMan89
February 27, 2013, 11:42 PM
It`s a Hi Standard Model 10, 2 & 3/4in. shells..................
Thanks! I just checked and it is chambered for 2 3/4 in shells like you posted.

Just thought I'd ask......is High Standard still in business?

303tom
February 28, 2013, 10:40 AM
Thanks! I just checked and it is chambered for 2 3/4 in shells like you posted.

Just thought I'd ask......is High Standard still in business?
Absolutely Hi Standard is still in business..............Tho the model 10 has changed sense then.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Standard_Manufacturing_Company

saltydog452
February 28, 2013, 09:53 PM
I am officially in the 'geezer' rank and had one of these when in the 6th grade.

Mine had xtractors on opposite sides of the bolt. After several years in the rack and seldom firing, one of the two xtractor 'hooks' disappeared. Although it didn't work as a repeater, it still lit the primer as a single shot.

Its disrespectful, but, I'm inclined to say it was marketed as a 'Ted Williams' Model.

salty

El Mariachi
February 28, 2013, 10:13 PM
I believe the 'Ted's' were not actually High Standards. But I've been wrong before....

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