Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by 357smallbore, Jun 1, 2019.
Yea, that guy is still here. That guy is me lol! Except it's a 71 IH Loadstar and it hauls more firewood than anything. Its beautiful country, for a fact. I was born and raised here, and though I've travelled a lot I wouldn't want to live elsewhere.
Google Mike Orlen, he does good work according to the SGW forum, and is very reasonable. I don't know where you are, but if near N. Arkansas, I recommend Delloyd Sparks. He does all my work and isn't far from me. If you would like his contact info, pm me.
Had a lot of fun with it last fall, this was the day before Christmas.
Walked about 200 yards and had three roosters. If I had the double triggers mastered I'd have had my birds in the first 100 yards.
Edit, These days I guess I have to mention, they are wild birds. Never shot a raised bird other than fliers when training dogs.
Mike is in MA next door
I really really like my Pedersoli SXS 12 Ga.
Will the chambers on that Sterlingworth accommodate 2-3/4" shells? Those old timers were often chambered for 2-5/8"
Anytime, pard. Mike is in Massachusetts, so he isn't too far. His turn-around time is pretty good also, from what others have told me. Sure hope that he'll work out for you, I like to see those old guns in the field.
Most say the shoot 2 3/4" light loads in their Sterlingworths with no issues.
Now I'm working with a 1923 Lefever 16 gauge with Full/Cylinder chokes that I'm almost certain was chambered for 2 9/16" shells. I haven't read that Ithaca short chambered those, but that could be more of an issue if they are short chambered. Depending on what it may be short chambered to. I have to get both chambers (and leads) measured to see what I've really got. They are both 95 years old and it is not inconceivable that either or both were upgraded sometime in the 95 years.
Fortunately 2 1/2" shells are available for both albeit from the internet. I'm not overly concerned with the 12 gauge Sterlingworth but I am a bit concerned about the 16 Gauge Lefever.
"Fox Sterlingworth" stamping indicates Savage manufacture. Since chamber length converion occured ca 1930 vast majority of Foxes from Savage will have 2&3/4" chambers.
I love your tag line.
Mine happens to be 1923 manufacture with no added markings for chamber length.
Paul - the 'Fox Sterlingworth' stamping you mentioned, is that what Savage put on the side of the receiver when they began manufacturing them in Utica? My 1923 Sterlingworth just has 'Sterlingworth' on the receiver. (maybe I read too much into your post).
I didn't have enough room to give credit to Hunter S. Thompson.....
What chokes do you have in your double? We moved south from NE Washington state, so used to be not far from you. Turkeys were getting to be rampant when we left.
Yep. Sometimes for just the heck of it, sometimes because there's a dress code in invitational hunts, specifying SxS sidelock, boxlock acceptable. In hunts like those you can take photos that look like straight from 1800's if you use sepia filter in your camera. Maybe it's an european thing...
Buy a new gun-it makes more sense economically.
I'm sorry, but I disagree. I'd much rather spend $100 on a gun I couldn't use to make it where I could than spend $500 or better on a new sxs. You save $400 AND get to enjoy a classic piece of the gun makers art.
i have a new 308 mauser barrel that's like 19'', the chamber was buggered up. any thing to clean up the chamber is not the best with only 19'' and don't want it in a mauser anyway. i was thing of making a chamber insert for a sxs. i am on the look out for a newer sxs all mine are old. i thing i could do 7.62x39, 3030 would be easy tho. .
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