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    Just picked up my dream gun at the Palmer Lions Gun Show from someone that had no clue what he had! I couldn't be more excited!

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    I think one of my Dad's favorite guns he had was his 16 ga. Got any pics?

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    Tell us how good of a deal you got

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    I'll post some pics in a bit, condition is pretty typical for a model 12 (plenty of ware, but I wouldn't have it any other way). I feel like the deal I got was a give away at $325. My wife and I had agreed previously that I would jump on anything under $400, but this is the first time I've seen it this low and finding a 16 gauge is tough enough but modified choke is even more elusive. I've seen them on gunbroker but never with this sort of deal.

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    Without seeing the gun, tough to say, but I'll go out on a limb, and say you got a good deal!
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    Can't wait to see the gun! I love the older shotguns!
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    "older" is right...the serial number sets the manufacturing date at early 1918.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TMCKEE View Post
    "older" is right...the serial number sets the manufacturing date at early 1918.
    WOW.....congrats...!!!

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    May need to watch shooting modern pressure loads through it. I think it was in the late 1920's when the modern pressure loads were introduced! Great find!
    "If I could shoot a game bird and still not hurt it, the way I can take a trout on a fly and release it, I doubt if I would kill another one." George Bird Evans

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    Just a thought. Might want to have the chamber checked to see if it has been opened up to 2 3/4 in. The older 16 ga. were 2 9/16, the chamber needs to be lengthened and sometimes the ejection port lengthened.

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    I still have my dad's Model 12, 16 gauge, improved cylinder bore, 26" barrel with ventilated ridge that he used for partridge (ruffed grouse) back in Michigan in the '50s and '60s.

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    Thanks for all the warnings and things to consider...here are a couple of pictures. Someone at somepoint decided to try to hide some rust with some re-blueing, nothing to major. Oveall, its not in too bad of shape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Str8shot View Post
    Just a thought. Might want to have the chamber checked to see if it has been opened up to 2 3/4 in. The older 16 ga. were 2 9/16, the chamber needs to be lengthened and sometimes the ejection port lengthened.
    Well...it looks like this is probably a good justification to finally learn how to reload my own shells.

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