Project "Big Bore" Remington model 1889 10 Gauge


September 15, 2013, 12:18 PM
Snapped a few quick pics prior to starting the project, between a new promotion at work and a newborn, free time is hard to find. This will be a long term project, G.A.'s uncle has requested stock repairs and a gloss finish + a rust blue, already have the replacement buttplate on hand, but it needs some trimming.
Weighs in at nearly 10 pounds (!) I have nothing but respect for the ole timers that humped something like this up into these mountains.

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September 15, 2013, 01:20 PM
The incredible hand fitted mech's inside the side plates.

September 15, 2013, 08:06 PM
Stock is stripped, its amazing how much dirt and grime 100+ years build up on a gun stock, note the major crack on both sides, 3 ton clear epoxy will be used to reseal any damage.

September 15, 2013, 08:15 PM

September 15, 2013, 08:16 PM
Cool I'm drooling at the thought of the finished project

September 16, 2013, 08:07 PM
Looks like a fun project for a few rainy days. Please let us know how it turns out, I love seeing old wrecks get a new lease on life.

September 17, 2013, 07:19 PM
The old Remington SxSs are a personal favorite of mine.

Are they Damascus barrels?

How about the drop on the stock - all of mine have a lot more drop that modern guns.

You may want to consider sub-gauge adapters so that you can fire 12 gauge ammo from that gun when finished.

September 25, 2013, 07:30 PM
All the cracks have been epoxied, the new buttplate arrived and it has been ground to fit, final sanding is done, ready to start finish.

Dave Markowitz
September 28, 2013, 08:33 PM
Looking good!

September 29, 2013, 03:07 AM
Boy one strips these old guns down and can really see the difference between old growth walnut and the new, young, even easier to crack stuff available now.
No wonder plastics have become so popular with gunmakers as a stocking material in our Modern world!

October 1, 2013, 12:18 PM
Side lock shotgun... what's not to like?

I think the Model 81 got the same buttstock shape when it replaced the Model 8.

October 20, 2013, 06:53 PM
Stock and forearm are finished, barrels got blued today along with the dozens of smalls, hopefully final assembly on Tuesday.
Barrels Before:

Barrels After:

Finished Stock:

October 21, 2013, 01:51 AM
That's gonna be purty!

You planning to use it? There are few things as cool as going afield with one of these old scatterguns. I love my L.C. Smith 10 ga hammer double. Best we could nail it down, it was made about 1891. Bores of the stub twist barrels were a tad rough, but not bad, so I honed them gently with 400 grit on a soft rag, took careful measurements all down both tubes, strapped it into a lead sled and proceeded to fire off a couple boxes of Bismuth 2-7/8" with a 12' string, measuring between each shot. Everything looked good, so I ordered up 100 RST 2-7/8" light shells and now it goes for pheasant and turkey.

Not as nice looking as your resto will be, but I like it:

I'm still mindful of the dangers of 100+ year old twist barrels, so I hold it differently than I would a modern gun, never wrapping the tubes with my support hand and keeping it as much under the fore end as possible. But even with the inherent risks, I feel that the overall condition of the gun, the known quality of L.C. Smith shotguns, and with the availability of such specialty low-pressure shells as RST that it would be a shame not to use it.

You may want to consider sub-gauge adapters so that you can fire 12 gauge ammo from that gun when finished.

Per my discussions with a couple of folks that really know these older shotguns, it is a better idea to use 20 ga adapters and stick to 2-3/4" shells. The heft of the adapters and the massive difference in bore volume make the 20 ga adapters a much safer prospect. And remember, fluid steel barrels of the era were actually weaker than twist steel barrels. They don't have the same problem with corrosion between the ribbons after a century, but were still designed around black powder running pressures in the 6,000-8,000 PSI range.

I use Gaugemate Silver 10-20 adapters. Shooting 20 ga field loads out of these 9+ lb behemoths is like firing a .22 rimfire. lol.

October 21, 2013, 03:58 PM
That is just awesome, and I admire the restoration. Nice to see the handwork evident in that gun.

I would use it as a wall hanger as it is as much art as functional tool. I might be tempted to shoot it a bit but not very much. It is definitely a tool from an age in which skilled labor was inexpensive and tools were expensive.

October 24, 2013, 12:59 PM
Sneak peek of the finished project, original finish on the receiver was case hardening, cost to recase was in excess of $300, the owner decided to just keep the receiver and side plates in the white, sealed to prevent corrosion with the hammers and topsnap rust blued with fire blued screws.

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