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

  1. Jackrabbit1957

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    My oldest shotguns are an L C Smith damascus 10 gauge....not sure of it's birthday. The next one is a Parker DH grade N series from 1906. It's my go to bird gun. I load black powder substitutes in those boobie pink shells I find everywhere.
     
  2. Jessesky

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    Schmidt and Habermann 2.5” 12ga. These were made by a small manufacturer, there is no serial number documentation. The best I could determine from the proofs is 1900-1920
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  3. hps1

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    That's a beauty; any full length pictures?

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  4. Jessesky

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    The leather pad is for Length of pull. I wouldn’t want to modify the wood just so it fit me.
     
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  5. hps1

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    What a beauty! It would be a shame to alter that stock. Thanks for pics.

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  6. troy fairweather

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    shes a beauty, now it's killing me that i don't own that gun.
     
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  7. SwampWolf

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    Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's (exquisite) gun.
     
  8. Jbird45

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    I have a 12 gauge from my grandfather and it is a W.P. Wonder. From what I can tell in my research, if the internet is accurate, that it was made in the late 1890's and wp wonder was a brand of laundry detergent. If you bought 25 boxes of laundry detergent they sent you a free shotgun. I don't know the historical accuracy of the above statement, but that's all I could find on it. All I know is the thing kicks like a Kentucky mule
     

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  9. tbob38

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    Boy o boy, lots of fine old shotguns in the membership! I've only got a Win model '97 made in 1912.
     
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  11. troy fairweather

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  12. hps1

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    Interesting......and accurate re: the Kentucky mule part, at least. :rofl:
    When I was a teenager, went duck hunting with two buddies using a Stevens single shot 12 ga. that looked just like that. I had two boxes of shells and shot most of them. I fired the first shot of the day and got a duck; also the last shot of the day with same results. Should stop there, but in the interest of full disclosure, didn't drop a feather in between. Was black and blue for a week!

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  13. mokin

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    I have my Great Grandfather's single shot 12ga. It's stamped "Waltham Arms Co." .

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    It was given to me by my grandfather some time ago. From what I've been able to find, along with family lore, the shotgun was likely produced between 1910 and 1920.
     
  14. hps1

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    Looks like Granpa took very good care of it.:thumbup:

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  15. mokin

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    I don't fondle this gun much. Doing so gives me the urge to load some paper hulls with black powder and go shoot it.
     
  16. vizslas1

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    My great grandpa left me his L.C.Smith hammer gun. It has fluid steel barrels.
    It shoots very even and tight patterns.

































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  17. hps1

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    I did a little reading to refresh my memory and found out it was Parker that Remington bought rights to, not L C Smith as I stated before.

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  18. Jackrabbit1957

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    And the quality also went downhill. There is nothing like the fit and finish of and older Parker.
     
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  19. Picher

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    I like to look at old shotguns, but don't want to own...or much less...shoot one! Most old doubles have way too much drop and punch the cheek. They're often too short for me and steel buttplates don't give me a thrill. Damascus is the killer fault, though. However, I'm very glad that some people love and care for them!!!
     
  20. Jackrabbit1957

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    It's kinda interesting about Damascus barrels, some fellows a while back did some testing and found them to be every bit as strong as fluid steel barrels from the same era. I know the ammo maker's did their best to turn people off to the idea of Damascus steel barrels.
     
  21. George P

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    The main issues with Damascus barrels came from black powder, which is very corrosive; add in minimal cleaning, a little rust here and there, little to no heat treating and modern pressure loads and you MIGHT have a kaboom scenario. I said MIGHT because if well taken care of, Damascus barrels, even old ones, can be safe to shoot
     
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  22. Jackrabbit1957

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    I shoot my Damascus Parker quite a bit, it's my favorite quail gun. I also have an old Stevens 16 gauge that's Damascus. Haven't shot it much.
     
  23. 22250Rem

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    Time for me to make a better contribution to this thread than my previous non-functioning wall hanger topic. Recently picked up an Iver Johnson Hercules Grade 12 ga. double in a two gun purchase. Wanted one of these for years, as, since age 17, I've had a pre - WW2 Iver Johnson Champion 16 ga. single barrel break open that was one of their budget guns. I knew the Hercules Grade was one of their better, higher price offerings but never had the opportunity to see one in person. In 1940 a Hercules Grade double cost approximately 4 times the price of a single barrel Champion according to my reprint of the 1940 Shooters Bible. This one I'd rate as pretty decent, used but not abused, and seems to work well. I have some Hercules Grade serial number information that puts this one as a specimen of the 1925 production run. So this one has now become my oldest functional shotgun. Planning on it only seeing some occasional, light use. So far I'm liking it. IMG_6189.JPG IMG_6194.JPG
     
  24. Jeb Stuart

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    I have no idea what I own. No marking etc.

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  25. troy fairweather

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    anything on the underside of the barrel, at first i thought there was a huge chunk missing from the butt stock but it was just a leaf lol. looks like a nice gun tho.
     
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