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Everything posted by Parker

  1. Some Winchester 37's in pristine shape are fetching a lot more than $300 today.
  2. Do you have the magnum receiver & barrel (3" shells) while shooting 2 3/4" shells? 20's operate at higher pressures because of the bore size. The 1100 has had a reputation as a reliable gun with a long track record. Sketchy ammo is always a suspect. Maybe you have a rough chamber?
  3. Standard 1100 barrel with 2 3/4" chamber? These should function well with standard 12 ga. loads from 1 oz. to 1 5/8 oz. loads. Light 1 oz. reloads work fine in my 11-87 (same gas system, only it handles 2 3/4" & 3" shells) provided I keep pressures above 7,500PSI per the load data in the manual. Do you clean out the gas ports on the underside of the barrel? Those should be cleaned with the appropriate sized drill bit often or after a heavy shooting session. Orientation of the piston seal, piston and barrel seal (O-ring) on the magazine tube are also important. I see too many people orient these parts incorrectly. Rather than plagiarize, this is a good article on the 1100: https://www.shootingtimes.com/editorial/gunsmithing_st_1100loads_200808/100259
  4. For informal clays, just about any shotgun will do. Only when you get into the games (skeet, trap, sporting clays) does sophistication and design come into play. Here's a quick read on barrel length, and when and where they are best used. Folks have their personal favorites, but you'll get the idea quickly once you start to shoot regularly. https://www.braysisland.com/life-in-the-field/shotgun-barrel-length
  5. I found this article interesting. Crazy times are upon us, but a market that's been stagnant for a while seems to be seeing an uptick in prices. Fueled by the bidding sites? Who knows. Here's one person's observation: http://www.dogsanddoubles.com/2021/02/its-time-to-sell-the-gun-markets-hot-again/
  6. You need to purchase the trigger guard if you can find one. That screws in to the first hole just forward of the double-triggers in the picture your provided. You will need the machine screw that holds the trigger plate to the frame. (That goes in the hole the string tag is looped through.) Then you'll need the machine screw that goes through the trigger guard to the tang of the receiver, and a wood screw that ties in the trigger guard to the stock. Hope this helps.
  7. Colt has been producing firearms for 175 years. I suspect the various models produced over the years have Colt collectors down in their basements right now rubbing their hands with glee. In other firearm acquisition news, Beretta acquired Holland & Holland earlier this month. https://www.internationalsportsman.com/beretta-purchases-holland-holland/
  8. The trigger guard is usually threaded at the front of the bow to screw into the bottom of the trigger plate. (You can see that in the link I sent from gunpartscorp.com. Some have a thread or two, some have more, other's a simple quarter or half-turn thread. Screws go behind the trigger bow into the stock. There may be one wood screw, one metal screw to the frame top strap, or two wood screws. Every double is different is some small way.
  9. Enough info right there: Full Choke. (About .624" exit diameter) 16 ga. bore diameter is: .667"
  10. Nice, clean older Mossberg. Walnut stock too and in great shape.
  11. PS - You'll probably need the two screws behind the trigger bow as well unless you already have them. Some parts may be scarce for this.
  12. Ithaca Manier model hammerless, made from 1906-1908. Does your model have Damascus or fluid steel barrels? This is what you need to look for: https://www.gunpartscorp.com/products/1002000
  13. The playing field becomes muddied even more; Marlin's, then Remlin's, now Ruglin's!
  14. A similar fate happened to Winchester when they cheapened their bolt action & lever guns in 1964. Anything "pre-64 Winchester" commands a premium today. Sad too that Savage 99's went out of production. A clearly superior lever gun incorporating a novel rotary magazine allowing controlled-round feed for spitzer bullets, with a striker-fired action that could handle high-pressure bottleneck cartridges. It was ahead of its time. Luckily there's plenty of JM Marlin's out there still.
  15. A 16 ga. built on Mossberg's 12 ga. frame. 60's shotgun, pre-68 as others have noted. Probably has a single action bar for the slide. Could have a fixed choke or C-Lect adj. choke at the muzzle. Would generate excitement on http://www.16ga.com/forum/index.php if it was clean and had a walnut stock which many had. But it's certainly not a rarity or collector's item. The 16 ga. is okay if you roll your own, otherwise the right ammo is tough to find, and still doesn't come in as many variations as the more popular 12 or 20. It's become a reloader's proposition.
  16. Thanks for the input. I'll test the waters with a 2X EER scope I dug up. If I like it, I may take the plunge for a real scope. I thought it was funky at first but it doesn't look so bad when mounted and with the low power I can keep both eyes open. Originally this shotgun wore the two-piece cantilever mount but I removed the rear piece that hung over the receiver. With the scope mounted forward the shotgun feels trimmer and loses some weight as well.
  17. Can anyone recommend from experience an LER/EER scope they've used with success? I'm looking for a low-powered 'scope that I'll be mounting "scout style" on a shotgun. Fixed-power is my preference, 2X or 2.5X would be ideal. These models seem few and far between today, and some makers have thrown an "IER" (intermediate eye relief) model in the mix as well. Leupold or Burris would be my preference. Something like this Burris would be ideal, just can't seem to find it anywhere in stock: https://www.burrisoptics.com/scopes/scout-riflescopes-series/scout-riflescope-2.75x20mm Leupold modified their design over the years, this is the only fixed power they offer now: https://www.leupold.com/scopes/rifle-scopes/fx-ii-scout-ier-2-5x28mm Just curious if anyone has any experience with either model. Thanks
  18. The MBA predicts an epic increase in lending/mortgage originations for 2021. The highest number since 2005(?) and even higher in 2022 with the potential for a rate increase. The recession was happening before the pandemic began. We would have recovered by end of year but Covid19 has only made things worse. Yet homes in foreclosure are on the rise. Temporary housing, with the potential for 29 million renters in 12.6 million households face evictions in the U.S. (Eviction Lab - Princeton,) is kinda scary. Other estimates predict a higher estimate at 30-40 million. Yet residential homes in my town list and sell in the same day. If they don't sell the day they list it's because they go into a bidding war with multiple buyers that lasts only a few days. Everyone moving into my town is from New York. Those that live in the city, work in the city, find convenient commuting from here to there by car, bus or train. Realtors here are busy, and so are mortgage lenders. I'm dying to know how many people leave New Jersey in 2020.
  19. 34 out of 50 states authorize .22 caliber centerfire cartridges legal for deer hunting. Many meet the minimum of ft.-lbs. in energy for deer. Are they ideal for deer? In my opinion; no. Would you hunt deer with a .22 Hornet? Mmmmm, no. But a .22-250, .220 Swift, .22 Nosler, .224 Valkyrie, and defunct .225 Winchester with the right bullet in the right twist barrel can be the ticket in the hands of a competent shooter being selective with shot placement. Unfortunately, all those variables need to be met in order to be successful.
  20. https://casetext.com/regulation/new-jersey-administrative-code/title-7-environmental-protection/chapter-25-division-of-fish-and-wildlife-rules/subchapter-5-2017-2018-game-code/section-725-523-firearms-and-missiles-etc
  21. Love the 16 ga., provided it sticks to the tag line; "carries like a 20 and hits like a 12." It's a shame it's fallen out of favor.
  22. It's one of the most closely guarded secrets in Bergen County.
  23. SO true. Center-punch a pheasant too close with those mighty loads and you don't have much in the way of table fare. Another load folks swear by are heavy premium trap loads in 12 ga. w/ #7 1/2 shot. Other makers market these as "pigeon loads."
  24. There are lots of answers to this question. Are you hunting pheasants tramping the underbrush alone, hunting over a flushing dog, hunting over a pointing dog? Your method will dictate what you need. Flushing pheasants underfoot are supposed to be easy to hit and will drop with anything. Pheasants that flush far out and have time to get up steam are tough to bring down and when poorly hit they can travel a long distance, both in flight or worse by running on the ground. 12, 16 or 20 ga? When I was young (13) I thought you needed the heaviest loads to kill pheasants. Bigger was supposed to be better. In the 60's I stoked my grandfather's 16 ga. double with the same shells he used for pheasant and ducks; high brass #4's, #5's, #6's. Damn that light gun kicked like hell with 1 1/8 oz. & 1 1/4 oz. loads. I think I weighed 90 lbs. at the time. I didn't know any better, but thought I was doing it right. As I've grown older and wiser, and carried light guns and smaller gauge's, hunted over a good pointing dog, I learned you don't need such big loads to take down pheasants if you hunt them on your terms. My favorites that I put in my shell loops: 12 ga. handloaded 1 oz. of #6's or #5's @ 1235 fps 16 ga. handloaded 7/8 or 1 oz. #6's or #5's @ 1250 fps 20 ga. handloaded 7/8 oz of #6's @ 1350 fps or 1 oz. @ 1200fps of #6's or #5's When I can find copper-plated shot I prefer it, but magnum lead is fine. If you don't handled, factory premium shells use harder lead, so patterns are dense and uniform. But you won't know that until you pattern your gun with the loads you intend to use and determine what chokes are best. Every shotshell maker makes a premium "high velocity" pheasant load, but "field loads" are fine with pheasant with the appropriate shot. The ultimate, most-used pheasant load in a 12 ga. for decades has been the loading of 3 3/4 dr. - 1 1/4 oz. - #6 shot @ 1330 fps Pheasants can motor. Upon flight they average speeds of 45mph. Once underway they've been known to hit 60 mph.
  25. Spent a night on BB-59 in January many years ago with the Boy Scouts. I slept up again that steel bow, and damn it was cold! The kids loved every minute of the tour and overnight.
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