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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Steel Hayes, Jun 19, 2020.

  1. Steel Hayes

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    Picked this J.Stevens 5100 up today, I’m not much of a shotgun person or hunter, But there was just something about it I had to have.
    Did I mention it was under $200?
    I’m pretty happy today.
     
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  2. Oldschool shooter

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    Nice! I picked one up at LGS 2 yests ago. Not in as nice a shape. Stock had a chunk misding and filled with bondo, but it was tight snd the nores are good. Around here, nobody seems to wsnt a 16, got it for $80 and left like I stole it.
    Have fun with it. They srent fsncy, but they are good solud shooters.
     
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  3. 22250Rem

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    From here it looks like a good deal..... Congrats. I like 16 ga. stuff and there's nothing wrong with them. They just got sort of got squeezed out between 12 ga. loads and magnum 20 ga. shells. Back in my dad's day a lot of pheasant hunters were 16 ga. fans, saying it was a nice balance between the "overkill" 12 ga. and the lighter 20 ga. guns. You can still get 16 ga. shells but not everyone stocks them. Have you found out how that Stevens is choked?
     
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    Why are you posting? You know the police can track you via locator data in the photos?



    Because you STOLE that!

    Congrats. Hope it’s a shooter
     
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    I love the 16. Id have snapped it up too.
     
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  6. Steel Hayes

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    That’s one of the reasons I bought it, it’s been 20 something years since I hunted small game, it’s about time I enjoy it again with my sons.
     
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  7. Steel Hayes

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    Thank you, I cleaned and lubed it after I got it home, I’ll test it with some #8 tomorrow.
    I didn’t realize the lack of choices for 16 gauge ammo.
     
  8. Blkhrt13

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    The lesser choice is due to the lower number of people who choose to run one. I have an old sweet sixteen single I used for small game for years. It’s easy to slide through the woods with it in one hand. 12 is too much gun for rabbits and squirrels to me. But the 16 is just right
     
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    Walmart did when I was there today. And 28ga.
     
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    I had a 311 in 16 that my Dad cut to 22" for a grouse gun, I bought it from him when he got a 16 ga WIn. 97, He still wishes he had both guns, I still wish I had the 311. My cousin bought the 97 from Dad, and would not sell it back, even when offered double and triple what he paid. His son has it now.

    Keep yours, Steel Hayes, you'll never replace it for what you paid!

    Yes, Walmart carries 16 ga.
     
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  11. Scribner

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    Some local gun shops are worth checking. Mine sells it cheaper than Wally
     
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  12. Steel Hayes

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    The Wally World here has pulled all firearms related things(no ammo to be found).
    Stopped at our Tractor Supply Co and bought 2 boxes of Remington #6 and a box of Federal #4. That should get me through the weekend.
     
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    Really good find and purchase.
     
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    Not bad; nice shotgun for something 60+ years old. Savage closed the Chicopee Falls facility in 1960 and moved manufacturing of those shotguns to Westfield. If the gun were 1961 or newer, the barrel stamp would be Westfield, Mass. I had a 12 gauge 311 for a while, and have three Fox B (same basic guns) now, one of which was made in Chicopee Falls. If you can find the date code on the bottom of the receiver (letter and number in a small oval near the break hinge), you can date it even closer. The letter corresponds to the year; "A" is 1949, "B" is 1950, and so on. Letters "O" and "Q" are not used, the codes end in 1970 with "X". Don't know what significance the numbers had, it wasn't the month because they are all single digits.
     
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  16. Steel Hayes

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    It does have the letter B in the circle.
    Thank you for the information.
     
  17. Oldschool shooter

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    To my knowledge, all of the 5100s were choked modified and full.
     
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    It might depend on barrel length. The later Stevens 311 and Fox B used mod/full for 30" barrels, and the 26" and 28" barrels were IC/ mod on both 12 and 16 gauge.

    Are 16 gauge shells as expensive for you guys as they are around my area? You'd think it was gold-plated shot for what you pay for a box. I can shoot two rounds of skeet with my 12 gauge for what one round costs if I use the 16.
     
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  19. Steel Hayes

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    I had to online shop for decent prices, but yes very expensive.
    I’m investing in some reloading equipment.
     
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    Love a 16 ga ,I don't know why. I have a few.
     
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    Yes, about a $2 per box premium over 12 guage and unless you go to a Cabelas, you are lucky to find anything except #6 shot,00Buck, or during deer season, slugs.
     
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  22. eastbank

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    my 16 ga is a mid 50,s model 12 winchester and i don,t use it much as i went to 20 ga years ago, but i do have a nice stash of shells thanks to yard sales and flea markets. costs have been 1.00 to 5.00 a box.
     
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  23. If1HitU

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    Nice find congratulations.:thumbup:
     
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