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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by hps1, Mar 30, 2019.

  1. Random 8

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    I have a Damascus twist single barrel 12 bore that lives at my cabin as a wall hanger. It will only chamber 2 1/2" shells, so little worry about anybody stuffing live 12 ga ammo in it. It has Prussian proofs (not German) on barrel, lock and receiver block which places it older than 1871, exact age unknown. It wears pretty good furniture for a utilitarian piece, the proofs are for a government arm, and the barrel is rather short in the 20" range so it's use may have been police, military, gendarme. It has lived a hard life, but all parts in working order. Can find zero information on the piece. It looks as if it may have been converted from an early centerfire rifle action, but not sure. Looks like a Martini-henry and a rolling block had a baby that became a break action 12 bore. It gets occasional service with shortened brass 12 Ga black powder blanks for dog training or celebrating the 4th.
     
  2. troy fairweather

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    we need pics lol.
     
  3. troy fairweather

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    this is my second oldest, these monkey guns where used in south american or the feather trade. its made in belgium and is .410 bore.

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  4. sean m

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    That looks like it would be fun to rabbit hunting.
     
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  5. troy fairweather

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    it should, only weighs -3 pound, need to work on some loads and see how it patterns.
     
  6. jfurlong

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    1918 Model 12
     
  7. Driftwood Johnson

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    Winchester Model 1897 from 1908. 12 Gauge, full choke. It makes a pretty good trap gun.

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    Not 100% sure when this little Stevens hammer gun was made. I think about 1908. 12 Gauge. Somebody sawed the barrels off at 24" before I bought it, so it is open choked now.

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    My standard CAS shotgun, it only gets fired with Black Powder these days.

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    A Winchester Model 12 that is two years older than me. It left the factory in 1948. I left the factory in 1950. This one is 12 Gauge with a full choke. This one is my favorite trap gun, it gets shot every week. I have a couple of older Model 12s, but this is the only one I have a photo of.

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  8. FL-NC

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    I have a Remington model 17 (20 gauge pump bottom eject, Browning design). No idea how old it is, it still lives at dad's house.
     
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  9. Bama59

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    The oldest and only shotgun I own is my dads JC Higgins model 20 12ga pump. Manufactured by High Standard , I assume he bought it from Sears sometime 1960's
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  10. Scribner

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    Model 12 sixteen gauge from 1915
    & a “Frankenchester” Model 97 in 12 gauge with a 1905 receiver & 1915 32” barrel - it shoots very well
     
  11. 1976B.L.Johns.

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    I proudly possess my Grandfather's Parker SXS 12 gauge, manufactured in 1911.:)
    It was the first firearm he purchased as a young man after arriving in the United States from Scandinavia. Sadly, I do not recall if he came from Sweden or Norway.:(

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  12. tbob38

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    Mine is a Win. Model 1897 12 Ga. made in 1912. Grandfather gave it to me, it's in excellent condition.
     
  13. Trey Veston

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    My grandfather's Remington Sportsman from the 30's...

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  14. George P

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    An unfired 2-3/4" shell will very easily fit into a 2-1/2" chamber, so your best way to ensure safety is to remove the firing pin
     
  15. BigBlue 94

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    Oh boy, I dont know dates on many, but...

    3 Winchester 1897s, two 12ga and one 16ga takedown. The 12s are worn out but the 16 is a shooter. The 16 came in a package deal with my Winchester 1873.

    2 Winchester model 12s, one an older 12ga and a newer 20ga 'short' barrel (about 20"). Both shoot well

    The three 12ga's above are all family guns.

    A Stevens 22-410 circa 1950 with a tenite stock. Tack driver 22 with the open sights. Taken many a squirrel with this guy. My pops bought it as his first gun for $15-20 about 40 years ago.

    Browning lightweight A5 20ga made in Belgium. Super sweet shooter.
     
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  16. troy fairweather

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    i just picked this up today, 12ga western field pump think it's from around 1935 $100 otd DSCN0117.JPG
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  18. BigBlue 94

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    Here's my winchesters. From top:
    1897 12ga, 1898 mfg
    1897 12ga, 1955 mfg
    1897 16ga takedown, 1912 mfg
    Model 12 12ga, engraved, 1926 mfg
    Model 12 20ga, 1942 mfg
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    Engraving on the Model 12

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  19. DM~

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    My oldest shotgun is a Remington 1900, made in 1905,

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    My dad bought it used in the "40's", and we have been shooting it ever since.

    I also have this shot gun,

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    It was built in 1909, I've been shooting it a fair amount for "pest control", it is a good shooting shotgun that's still in use.

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  20. Roger Laird

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    Manton 13 bore manufactured 1825-1830 IMG_4829.JPG IMG_4832.JPG
     
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  21. hps1

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    Very nice!
    Regards,
    hps
     
  22. ridgerunner1965

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    I have a old long tom rem single shot. its a side hammer gun. I don't shoot it but take it out and admire it a bit. it was my grandfathers on my dads side. my dad said it was his dads goose gun. im guessing it was made around 1900.

    my gpa on my moms side left me a rem model 11 auto 12 ga. its one of my favorite shotguns. then there is the couple model 97 Winchesters from my grandfather on my dads side. yeah I have awesum ancestors
     
  23. pkid

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    Iver Johnson Champion, .410 bore break action, likely produced between 1915 and 1919. Decades of dead ants poured from every last part when I disassembled it for cleaning upon inheriting it.
     
  24. CatManDo

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    1925 Winchester Model 12 Full Choke restored.
     
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  25. BigBlue 94

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    This is totally off topic but... I found an old hedge post frozen to the ground last year. Already cut and at least 50 years of seasoning, I thought it would be cool to make some knife scales and pistol grips out of. After maybe an hour in the heated shop, sugar ants start pouring out, having been brought from their hibernation lol. I immediately threw it outside where I proceeded to torch the piles of ants.
     
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