I have 2 jc higgins model 51 rifles in 270. My grandfather purchased them both at the same. One has the original barrel and has a red rubber buttpad with an ivory ring between the pad and the stock and also has an ivory ring on the grip capped by a black cap. The stock is also checkered at both ends.I think this was the deluxe type stock. But the stock has no raised cheek. I think my grandfather may have sanded it off not sure ill ask my dad. The barrel is stamped J.C.Higgins model 51-L sears roebuck and company. Then the serial ###.
The other has the plain plastic black buttpad with the husqvarna emblem and black plastic grip cap with the same checkering and a raised monte carlo cheek. At the time I believe early 60s he had a custom heavy 28 inch target barrel but on this one. The barrel is stamped J. Shannon. He used it for elk and for target shooting. My dad said when he was 8 or 9 he remembers using it in turkey shoot competitions. I dont know the model for sure on this one though cuz it was stamped on the original barrel that we definetly dont have. I do know they purchased together at the same time though and the HVA actions are identicle.
Does anybody more about these than I do? Also who or what is J. Shannon?