Joined: 06 Aug 2004
Location: Kansas High Plains
While I don't understand why a guy would want a 24 inch double...
Read Gene Hill's "The Woodcock Gun." I think of it every time somebody mentions a short barreled gun.
_________________ I feel a warm spot in my heart when I meet a man whiling away an afternoon...and stopping to chat with him, hear the sleek lines of his double gun whisper "Sixteen." - Gene Hill, Shotgunner's Notebook
I bought a nice 21, 12 ga from a guy in my gun club. 30 in barrel, ejectors. Mod and full chokes, nothing super fancy but a good gun. Had a hard time getting used to it trying to shoot 5 stand targets at 20-25 yards with those chokes. So, I watched for another that was not as nice and more affordable, got one and had Briley put thin walls in it. Now it shoots 5 stand great, shoot about as well as I did with my semi-auto. I plan to duck hunt with the first gun and use the second one for clays, and maybe a hunt in a nasty area.
Of course they both have double triggers.
Bought up some 2 3/4 inch Bismuth shells on sale at the end of the season. But now I think the fixed choke gun has 3 inch chambers. Found a technique on youtube on how to measure chambers. It measures right at 3 and the gun with the choke tubes measures 2 3/4. Oh well 2 3/4 inch shells should be just fine if I do my part. Gong to have a gunsmith measure just to be sure.
Now got my eye out for a 16 ga, however, my Beretta Silverhawk shoots pretty darn nice.
Sure thing, I'll look it up. The "Duck" guns have 3in stamped on it, but neither of my 2 21s have anything about the chambers stamped on the barrel where they usually are. Nothing I can find under the barrels either.
They are 1934 and 1935 made guns. The nicer one that I plan to hunt with has ejectors and they one with choke tubes has extractors. Not sure if that is related to chamber length.
I have always thought this whole original value bit was somewhat silly. My dad sold a model 21 2 barrel set (20 ga.) back when they were still affordable. Some guy wanted him to take less money since the recoil pad was Pachmayer and not Winchester. Dad told him that he wouldn't sell it to him at all at that point. If the guy had simply made an offer, he might have ended up with the gun, depending on the offer of course.
Ironically, some of the greatest Win 21's where Pachmayer customs. It is odd that it somehow magically matters whose hands actually turned the screws and fitted the parts, as if some other talented craftsmen wasn't worthy of working at the factory had he or she been born in the right place at the right time. It's kind of an insult, especially when their work is actually better than original. But alas, I am unable to change the way things are viewed amongst collectors and therefore will continue to look for "butchered bargains" that I can make my own. I am not in the habit of selling the guns I like.
_________________ Only catch snowflakes on your tongue AFTER the birds fly south for the winter...
Actually this is a gun for sale at a Cabela's gun library. Below is a link. Based upon the feedback above, I'm going to pass. I don't have the kind of money that can throw it away on something that may not hold any value.
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