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January 2, 2011, 12:45 PM
Hi everyone, this is my first post on this forum.

I just got my great grandfathers shotgun from WWII for X-Mas.

It is a Model 29 Remington Full choke, takedown shotgun.
2 3/4 shell serial 14xxx, It has a few markings that I don't know what they are.
It is 95% blue.

Original carry case.

My question's are,
Can I ever shoot this gun even once just cause I really want to.
If yes What kind of ammo. Modern? Cowboy? or Special made loads?
This shotgun comes in a few different Grades-
How do I find out which grade.
it is?
How do I find out when it was made.

Thank you all in advance for your help..
I am a NUB Sorry

January 2, 2011, 01:23 PM
Any shotgun that has 2 3/4" chambers and built after 1919 or 1920 should be perfectly safe to shoot with modern ammo. Any gun built in the years 1925+ to WWII should be as good as most modern guns.

Your gun was built between 1930 and 1933 and looks to be in great shape. http://www.remington.com/products/archived/shotguns/pump-action/model-29.aspx

If your bore is not heavily pitted from neglect, I would get a 100 pack of low base from Wally World and head to my nearest skeet range right away:)

January 2, 2011, 01:49 PM
Greetings TRAINWRECK and welcome aboard

It's my understanding, although the custom shop may have offered guns up to the elaborate F-Grade, typically the Model 29's were standard or target models. The 29T (Trap) had a 32-inch barrel with a rib. Yours seems to be a plain barrel standard model.

January 2, 2011, 08:08 PM
That is all good info thank you very much..
I am still curious if there is anyway to know for sure the differences between the grades... I am positive it is not a 29T target as the stock is curved on mine, also the barrel is too short.. its 30''.

"If your bore is not heavily pitted from neglect"
The bore does not looked pitted, But it has a bit of dust and a Tiny tiny bit of rust..
Any suggestions on what gun cleaning kit to buy for this gun?
Will solvents hurt it?
Thanks again.

January 2, 2011, 10:18 PM
Get a traditional shotgun cleaning kit. It'll have a three section rod w/ multiple tips, solvent, gun oil, brushes, swabs and wipes. If there are areas of light rust, you can use a polishing cream like Flitz.

January 2, 2011, 10:41 PM
Do not feed your Model 29 a steady diet of high-pressure shells, it will batter the action and loosen it up. This is a common problem with many old take-down pump shotguns. Until after WW2, shotgun shells were still loaded to black powder pressures in deference to the old BP shotguns still common.

January 3, 2011, 09:42 AM
"shotgun shells were still loaded to black powder pressures"

Is there anyway to buy shotgun shells loaded to black powder pressures?
what were black powder pressures?


There are some low pressure shells here.^^. What do you think about them..

Does anyone know around what a gunsmith would charge to check over my gun, and to fully clean and oil it?

Thanks for everyone's help!

January 3, 2011, 11:42 AM
I don't think the learned Scorch was suggesting that you get special loads; but, he's cautioning you to avoid a steady diet of heavy loads. You'll be okay with standard 2-3/4 dram equivalent target and game loads.

Simmons (simmonsguns.com) gets $70 to clean, oil and test fire pump guns. ADM (admgun.com) wants $100 for the job without a test firing. Prices vary, check with your local full-service gun shop.

January 3, 2011, 06:30 PM
I cleaned the barrel and action.. The tiny bit of rust came right off.
There is not even one pit in the barrel. The gun looks to be in perfect condition. :)

I am gonna take it to a gunsmith later this week just to see that is ready to shoot.
Thank you for all your help.