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WTB old shotgun

 

I'm looking for a reliable old side by side shotgun.  I prefer a coach length 12 gauge, with external hammers old enough so that the safety does NOT go on every time that you close the action.  If the gun has a safety I'd like a manual safety not something that constantly gets in the way.  I prefer a modern steel gun but I can live with Damascus steel if it has not been horribly abused or neglected.

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Good luck finding one Mike. 

Good luck finding one Mike.  Those are pretty collectable.

I have an old one at home, not with external hammers, but it's a great side by side from at least WWII.  My grandfather got it in the war, and used it every year since to kile partridge, and even his biggest deer ever.  My Dad even shot a deer with buckshot once.

One day I will break it out during a season and give it a go.

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they are out there

They are out there - the only trouble is finding a reasonably priced one.  Picked one up at auction ast month for $150 and having it repaired at the gunsmith now.  Right barrel was missing a firing pin and small spring.  I missed a bargain last week saw a gun advertsied and called for it.  Agreed to take it for $100 and pick it up in the morning.  When I called to confirm pick up while on the way there - the former owner told me that he had sold it the night before despite admitting to having sold it to me already. I guess it was my own fault for not going to get it ASAP but I had other obligations that night....  Oh well - I guess it wasn't meant to be.  I just get to keep looking for another :)  It's all good.

You should definitely shoot your heirloom.  Just use common field loads rather than nitro or magnum loads and you should be good to go as long as it locks up tight and is not heavily rusted or pitted.  Give us a range report!

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