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Old 12-31-2017, 03:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, it's a little more mottled now that rust has had its way...
From what I can gather, they didn't blue their receivers--at least not this model, or this gun. Case coloring is an effect of surface hardening (usually) and makes the mottled, gray-to-straw colors. I like it, on vintage guns.

Good news: the barrel arrived today. Slide on, snapped in place. There's hardly enough wiggle to feel when searching for it--I would expect more from anything with a pivot--and I doubt I could slide a piece of paper between the breach face and barrel.
No fitting needed.
Plus, the pictures didn't do it justice, the guy oiled it nicely, packaged it well, and taped wads of cardboard to either end to prevent dings. I cannot speak highly enough of him.
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Old 12-31-2017, 03:33 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Very Cool project!
I have a old 311 in .410, got it used in 1983. By far my favorite squirrel gun, and it has bagged many over the years.

I agree, love the case finish on the receiver.
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Old 12-31-2017, 03:47 PM   #13 (permalink)
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No fitting needed.
Wow. Really wow. Go buy a lottery ticket NOW before fortune realizes its mistake.
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Old 12-31-2017, 04:02 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Wow. Really wow. Go buy a lottery ticket NOW before fortune realizes its mistake.
I know! Figure this is my saved luck from the year.
There's a hair of wiggle, but not enough to worry my. I'd expect worse from any pre-WWII gun.
FWIW, there's a very small dent six inches down from the muzzle and a very slight bulge at the start of the choke, both on the left side. Honestly probably better than my dad's old barrel. And since I'm telling him to limit it to non-steel, non-magnum loads, not enough to make me worry.
After getting to inspect what was once an affordable workhorse gun, if the old Stevens was still around they'd be getting my business.

Edit: cancel that wiggle. A light tap with a center punch on the inside of the pivot fixed that perfectly! Solid as a rock.
Old machinist trick. And it can be stoned smooth later if needed.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:09 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Sweet! I'm glad it worked out for you.

I've had several of those shotguns and they are worth every penny. Currently only have a 16ga and use it when the weather is too bad for the LC Smith.
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Old 12-31-2017, 08:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Going to get my hunter's safety card. Just in case I can ever get my dad out again.
I don't have a shotgun of my own right now, unless he decides to hand it down, but I could always grab another Maverick. Cheap but that thing worked.
I'd probably opt for 12 in my case, just because it's so much easier to feed.
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FWIW, there's a very small dent six inches down from the muzzle and a very slight bulge at the start of the choke, both on the left side. Honestly probably better than my dad's old barrel. And since I'm telling him to limit it to non-steel, non-magnum loads, not enough to make me worry.
Odd; I have the barrels and receiver of my grandfather's 20ga Stevens, with a dent in the same spot. Makes me wonder if there was a common way of carrying them in a pickup that would cause that, or something similar.
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My theory: it's about where a rack would hold the barrel. Hit a pothole and bounce it, and--dink.
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My theory: it's about where a rack would hold the barrel. Hit a pothole and bounce it, and--dink.
True, but just one dent? All of my relatives from that period routinely drove over a lot of gopher holes and wash outs, destroying a lot of trucks. Maybe you get one good dent and decide not to carry it that way anymore.

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I guess it could be stubbornly keeping it in the same spot where it keeps hitting in the same place.
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:17 PM   #20 (permalink)
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A little progress, using the foregrip to demonstrate. I'm a fan of this tinted polyurethane. Not sure how it will work on the varnish of the stock.
This isn't the original one. It's plastic and I don't think there's much I could do, and it's also like a piece of broomstick. My dad's 6'7" and has hands to match, so made one he could actually grip.

As bare:

And one light coat of Polyshades in Mission Oak:


Edit: I'm unfortunately right. The poly-over-varnish on the butt looks amazing but scratches off easily under a thumbnail. Just spent a few hours with a razor blade, lacquer thinner, and sandpaper to get it down to wood as bare as it can be.
I seriously half think it was just dipped in stain and then varnished. It's a darker wood than the foregrip, and I'm not sure whether the color is natural or just stain that went deep and set up over 50 years. It's some kind of walnut or red oak.
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