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Old November 23, 2012, 01:30 PM   #1
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Rusty Old Shotgun

No, I do not need to remove rust from one of my guns, I actually want a beat up, crappy looking, rusty shotgun! I want a project gun, preferably one that needs stock and metal refinishing. I'm sure plenty of you have done a project gun at some point, the question is: Where did you get your shotgun? Were you just patient, hitting all the estate sales and gun shows? Or did you find a website that deals in low end, rusty, crappy shotguns?

Just looking for ideas, Thanks.
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Old November 23, 2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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I haven't done a project gun in a long time...but if I wanted one, I'd go to the local gunshows...or to a local used gun shop ( both of them will have some project guns ) my area.
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Old November 24, 2012, 04:16 AM   #3
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Some sites have a gunsmith special section. Might be worth looking there.
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Old November 24, 2012, 06:13 AM   #4
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Most of the old beat up, rusty, crappy shotguns you find you cant get wood for unless you make it yourself.
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Old November 24, 2012, 10:36 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestions.

Hawg - I was considering making the stock anyway.
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Old November 24, 2012, 11:04 AM   #6
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I try to visit older gunshops, ILO newer EBR-only stores, and either look in all the dark/dusty corners, or ask if they have any handyman/gunsmith "specials" that need some work.

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Old November 27, 2012, 05:37 PM   #7
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Stop at any gunshop and ask what they have in the back.

I've come up with a couple of "beaters" at give away prices that worked fine as project guns and the shop owner was glad to get rid of them.
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Old November 28, 2012, 12:46 PM   #8
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Watch out for non functioning guns. My friend got an oddball single shot and while fixing the extractor a bolt fell out of the gun. The hole it came from had no threads left and the gun would no longer work.

But I've seen old H&R shotguns for $30-$40 that just need cleaned and operate like a new gun.
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Old November 28, 2012, 02:05 PM   #9
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good idea. it is important to have someone look at it(besides man selling it) that can help you fix it or tell you how to if you don't know how and give you the go-ahead that it is a safe firearm. they can be dangerous depending on the age or faults.
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Old November 29, 2012, 11:27 AM   #10
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1300's are great sg's. Cut the barrel, mag tube extension, etc ..
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Old November 29, 2012, 12:32 PM   #11
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Thanks again for the ideas. If I am able to find something that works out I will ressurect this thread and let you know how I did, although it may be some time as I'm not in a rush.
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Old December 1, 2012, 12:03 AM   #12
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Note the seller on...

.....this auction and save it. He frequently has shotguns that need work.
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Old December 2, 2012, 02:24 AM   #13
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Hit the pawn shops and gun shops after hunting season and ask. Or look in the last spaces on the gun rack thats furthest in the back of the shop. I have six or eight single shot 12 and 20ga guns and .410 and 12ga bolt actions laying around that I saved and restored and I don't think I paid over $40 for any of them. Around where I live cut down single shots used to be good sellers, old hunting guns turned into short defense guns. They were pretty popular behind the counters of businesses in my area.
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