old 12 gauge

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old 12 gauge

Postby nhtrkybstr » July 15th, 2009, 1:19 pm

I have a question for the guys who have dealt with older firearms.

I have an older shotgun that was passed down to me when my dad passed away. I'm not sure of it's true age. It is a traveller, and is probably in the range of 1912. I really don't know.

To get to the point, I would really like to take a turkey with this shotgun. I think it is only chambered in 2 3/4, and I'm not sure it could handle a magnum load.

Should I have it inspected by my local gunsmith before I proceed?

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RE: old 12 gauge

Postby allaboutshooting » July 15th, 2009, 4:45 pm

Hey Mike,

I'd recommend that you do just that. There are so many things that should be checked on an older gun before shooting it. A good gunsmith can do that pretty quickly and tell you about the gun, the approximate age and overall condition.

Best of luck and please let us know how it goes.

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RE: old 12 gauge

Postby CB on the run » July 18th, 2009, 3:18 am

Yes, as Clark stated. I have a hand-me -down Savage auto 12ga with a 2 3/4" chamber. It belonged to my father and was purchased in 1939 brand new from Spiegel catalog. My son decided he wanted to take a fall bird with it several years ago and I had some 'magnum' 2 3/4" turkey shells. I do exactly know what happened but the gun malfunctioned when he shot. I had a hard time extracting the remaining rounds and of course it ended up at the gunsmith. I shoot only field loads out of it now.


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