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November 24, 2004, 10:34 PM
I have a Springfield/Stevens 94A 12 gauge. I have been told that it is 50 or more years old.
I would like to shoot it.
Is there any consideration to what kind of shotgun load I should use with this gun ?
Phil :cool:

December 6, 2004, 08:37 PM
Have your local gunsmith take a look at it before you fire it. Then, as I am sure he will suggest.......try some very light trap loads. You might want to wrap your arms around a tree...holding the gun in front of the trunk! It may not shoot exactly where you had hoped.....but you won't injure your face! :)

December 6, 2004, 10:36 PM
Well....at least wear eye protection :)

Try light target loads first.

Jim Watson
December 7, 2004, 01:01 AM
Wow, you'd think they were making brass matchlocks 50 years ago.
When I was a kid, Stevens 94 was one of the standard guns. It would handle a lot more than our shoulders could. And still can, assuming it is tight and not heavily rusted.

James K
December 11, 2004, 01:16 AM
Unless it is marked for 3" shells, stick to 2 3/4 and you should be good to go with about anything.

Like Jim Watson, I begin to feel pretty old when someone thinks that a 50 year old gun is an incredibly ancient antique, maybe used by Julius Caesar.