View Full Version : Need help identifying an old shotgun

April 13, 2005, 06:25 PM
I have an old shotgun that was my grandpa's, it is in a 12 guage pump action
On the side of the receiver it says "Ranger" with some fancy scroll work around the letters .In the lower corner it says "Model 30x. The gun breaks down by turning the magazine tube and unscrewing the barell and tube from the receiver. Also near the trigger guard is some numbers "U88846" stamped in the metal. The barell is stamped "proof Tested 12 Guage". No other marking on this gun i can locate .Any help Out there? :confused:

April 13, 2005, 07:11 PM
Ranger is a brand name used by Sears, but I can't find a shotgun listed as the Model 30.

April 13, 2005, 07:53 PM
Dfariswheel is correct, "Ranger" was a tradename used by Sears, Roebuck & Co. for various arms it sold. It was also a tradename used by the J. Stevens Arms Company. According to one of my references, a Ranger model 30 (without the "X") corresponds to a Stevens model 520A (also a pump-gun), so this might be it.

Hope this helps.

Good luck, and good shooting!

April 13, 2005, 08:43 PM
ok, thats great! thanks. any way of dateing the gun? :confused:

Harley Nolden
April 14, 2005, 05:53 AM
Is it a pump, semi-auto dbl bbl?


April 14, 2005, 05:03 PM
pump 12 guage

Harley Nolden
April 15, 2005, 05:07 AM
Does this look like your shotgun?


Harley Nolden
April 15, 2005, 05:15 AM
I think this is the gun you are looking for:\


April 16, 2005, 08:54 PM
yes thats it only mine has a hump back receiver. i took it to a gunsmith today and he help me find alot of things on it. such as it was one of the first guns made for sears and it was designed by mr .Browning himself.The feller said it was his first savage 520 he had seen to have scroll work around the words "ranger". also the gun was made in the 20's. :D