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Need info on Ward's Western Field 16M 20ga

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by rritter, Oct 23, 2003.

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  1. rritter

    rritter Member

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    A friend of mine has inherited an old Wards 20ga shotgun and asked me to help figure it out. I know pretty much nothing about shotguns. This is a bolt-action gun with a fixed box magazine that looks like it could hold two or three shells. The outside length (front - to - back) of the magazine is 2 3/4 inches.

    Looking around on the net, it seems that shotgun shells for a particular gauge come in different lengths. Which length would fit this gun? Is there a default length for 20ga. shells?

    Does anyone have any more information about this model? Again, it's a Wards Western Field Model 16M 20ga repeater. Web searches don't seem to turn up very much. Anything much I should look out for before shooting it? I've disassembled it and don't see any obvious problems aside from a crack in the forestock. The firing pin tends to stick forward when I dry-fire it, but I don't think it will do that with a cartridge in the chamber.

    Thanks!
    Roger
     
  2. Steven Mace

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    Roger, your Wards Western Field Model 16M is the same as the Mossberg Model 85 which were made from about 1934-1940.

    Steve Mace
     
  3. rritter

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    Thanks, Steve.

    I'll try cross-referencing to that.

    Roger
     
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