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Old February 25, 2005, 07:48 PM   #4
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The following information is from the History section of the Remington Website (

"Model 1889
Description: Outside hammer, double barrel shotgun
Introduction Year: 1889
Year Discontinued: 1908
Total Production: Approximately 135,000 +/-
Designer/Inventor: E. Remington & Sons
Action Type: Circular action hammers
Caliber/Gauge: 10, 12, and 16 gauge
Serial Number Blocks: 30,000 – 105,000 200,000 – 260,000 (Serial numbers were re-assigned to the 200,000 block circa 1900).

# of Grades Offered:
Grade 1 – Decarbonized steel barrels
Grade 2 – Fine twist barrels
Grade 3 – Damascus steel barrels, engraving
Grade 4 – Damascus steel barrels, better quality engraving, curly walnut stock
Grade 5 – Damascus steel barrels, extra engraving, selected curly walnut stock
Grade 6 – Extra fine quality Damascus steel barrels, scroll engraving, fine selected curly walnut stock
Grade 7 – Superior quality Damascus steel barrels, extra fine scroll engraving, elegant curly walnut stock"

Undoubtedly you know that because your heirloom has Damascus barrels you should not attempt to shoot it using modern nitro-powder loads lest you risk injury or possible death. If you are considering making this piece a "shooter" then please have it thoroughly checked (paying particular attention to the barrels) by a competent gunsmith. If the gun proves mechanically sound overall, then you might ask him/her about sleeving the barrels so that they may be safely used with nitro loads. The feasibility of this depends upon the gunsmith's professional assessment (and the depth of your financial resources).

Hope this helps.

Good luck, and good shooting (but only with a safe gun)!
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