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Old January 22, 2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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'Closet' gun question

I am considering re-tasking an old 'Ranger 5000' - 12 guage into sort of a 'Lupara' home defense gun. I don't know the vintage since there is no serial number. The receiver and forearm are both stamped C5389 - from this I assume it might have been early in a production run but not sure. I was thinking a good cleaning, oiling and chopping the barrels to around 19 inches. My only concern is would it handle modern loads. Any thought/comments would be appreciated.
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Old January 22, 2013, 05:26 PM   #2
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It would need to be first checked by a competant double gunsmith (not some parts-changer), since your post mentioned barrelS (plural).

IIRC, the Ranger's SxS's were early 1900's Steven's - which would definitely need to be checked for being "on face" (or not), sound (or not) ribs, and any dents/bulges in the barrels, besides ID'ing the chamber specs.

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Old January 22, 2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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Also note that a lot of these old guns have 2 1/2" chambers instead of the modern 2 3/4".
Shooting a longer modern round in an old short chambered gun is very unsafe.
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