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Old 08-31-14, 11:24 PM   #1
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Default J Stevens Arms & Tool Company Chicopee Falls MA Model 235

This is a family gun. I just picked this gun up from my father (originally owned by my grandfather) and have a few questions as I am not much of a gun guy. This shotgun is a 12g Side by Side and it is in pretty good condition. It hasn't been used much over the last 75 years (like twice), but has been fairly carefully stored. Other than a few knicks in the stock, I would say it is in good condition.

1) Would you use this gun? As I said, I am not much of a gun guy, but have a couple of times a year when I might be invited to shoot. (ie a pheasant hunt)

2) Who would you take this shotgun to in order to have it checked out? I live in Duluth and work in Midtown, so anywhere in town is fine.

3) Any pointers to where I might find out more about this gun? It appears from at least one source on the interwebs that this gun may have been manufactured between 1912 and 1915. I don't know much more than that.

Anything you might be willing to help me with on this would be great.

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Old 09-01-14, 07:14 AM   #2
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Chuck's Firearms next to the Fish Hawk might be a good start.
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Old 09-01-14, 09:51 AM   #3
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I have my grandfather's 12 gauge LC Smith double that was built in 1915 and I shoot it all the time. They say you should shoot low pressure shells out of these old guns, but I shoot standard target rounds in mine without any concern.

Having said that, you should get the gun checked out by someone who knows what they are looking at to be on the safe side. But as long as the barrels are solid with no stress cracking (which I am betting they are), then you should be fine. On the other hand, old Damascus steel barrel guns should be hung on the wall for good; too risky to shoot IMO.

Drifter's recommendation of Chuck's down in Buckhead is a good one. I also know a guy up in Ellijay that repairs and restores antique shotguns and is considered a world class expert when it comes to old shotguns. If the gun needs any sort of repair, he is your guy. He has no website, in fact he does not even own a computer so calling him is the only way to arrange to see him. PM me if you want his phone number. I also know a guy out in Oklahoma that can hone the cylinder walls to like new condition if the gun has a decent amount of pitting.
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Old 09-01-14, 12:41 PM   #4
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Look up "The Gun Pro Shop", Ellijay website. It's on 515 south of Ellijay. Certified Gunsmith Shop with lathes, milling machines and welding. Very interesting game mount room there also. They can build you a gun, repair your gun or make parts no longer available.
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Old 09-01-14, 03:09 PM   #5
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Default Shells for old guns

Depending on the age and what the gunsmith says, if you plan to shoot the gun, some low pressure loads designed for older guns are out there.

An example is the Vintager from Poly-Wad in Macon GA.

I cannot speak from direct experience with the Vintagers, but I use their Spred-R loads for quail hunting, and have had great experience with both the shells and the company.

There are some guys on GON upland forum who are old double aficionados. You might post on there and raise up some more options in terms of how/where to check the gun out.
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Old 09-01-14, 03:59 PM   #6
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Wow. Good stuff guys. Thanks.
Looks like I have a trip to Chuck's in my future.
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Old 09-02-14, 12:35 AM   #7
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I would suggest a taking it up to Georgia Gun club. It is a new shop up here in the Lawrenceville\Hamilton Mill area. There is an in house gun smith, as well as a very knowledgeable staff. They are quickly becoming my favorite gun shop for those and multiple other reasons.
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Old 09-02-14, 06:29 PM   #8
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I would suggest a taking it up to Georgia Gun club. It is a new shop up here in the Lawrenceville\Hamilton Mill area. There is an in house gun smith, as well as a very knowledgeable staff. They are quickly becoming my favorite gun shop for those and multiple other reasons.
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Old 09-05-14, 08:54 PM   #9
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My dad left us a .20 and a .12, though not as old as yours, and they shoot fine. I just cant hit a dove with a side by side as I proved again last year. I'd get it checked out, and the mysterious guy up in Ellijay appeals to me.
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