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J.C. Higgins Bolt action 12 gauge

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by CajunMan89, Jan 4, 2013.

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  1. CajunMan89

    CajunMan89 Member

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    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.
     
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

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    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
     
  3. 303tom

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    Don`t remember it, you got any pictures ?
     
  4. CajunMan89

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    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.
     
  6. 303tom

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  9. Deltaboy1984

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    They are great Farm truck shotguns .
     
  10. gamestalker

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    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
     
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    I would buy one for the novelty

    I think I would like to try a round or two of 5 stand with a bolt action shotgun.
    ("A" card of course)
     
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  13. rcmodel

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    Mmmmm?
    A manufactures cross-referance chart link was in post #2.

    rc
     
  14. El Mariachi

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    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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  15. El Mariachi

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    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....
     
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    Beautiful wood, Mariachi!
     
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    Nice wood and solid ole shotguns.
     
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    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.....
     
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    Bolt SGn's

    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.
     
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    Some research on the JC

    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.
     
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    Just for grins and giggles, would there be any way to put a magazine extension on one of these?
     
  22. El Mariachi

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    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......
     
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    Yes, that's what I'm asking: can the tube be extended and how easy would that be?

    Thanks.
     
  24. JERRY

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    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.
     
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    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
     
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