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Old May 5th, 2016, 05:29 PM   #1
 
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Found a New England Firearms 20 ga. single today

I went to my local gun shop today to pick up two Single Sixes I bought off Gunbroker, had exactly, about $200 to spare in my account that was "unallocated"..........so, what do I see, but a 20 gauge NEF Pardner single shot 20 gauge marked at $160......it looked mechanically new, had some rust on the barrel, and some hand wear on the wood, but it seemed like it probably spent more time in a closet than in the field, and it definitely hasn't been fired a lot. It has the Full fixed choke. I won't be putting any slugs through it, at $1-2 a pop it seems senseless and I have no plans to use it for anything but birdshot.

So, I bought it, along with a box of #4 shells..........took it to my parents property and put 3 through it to make sure it works.....

One thing I am missing, from my collection, is a real, usable hunting shotgun. I could have bought a different barrel for my Mossberg 500, but I'm kind of a purist so a single shot 20 just seems more "right".

Looks good, it's the later model with the transfer bar, which I heard was "fragile", lots of reports of the transfer bar breaking and people say these are impossible to fix yourself, but I figure, if it works, it works.

I think I now have the ultimate All American, working man's small game and bird gun, and I was looking for one so I could do some squirrel and maybe upland bird in the fall. I haven't hunted small game since the 1990's, and I wanted to get back into it. For $160 I don't have to care if it gets rained on or scratched a little. I will take care of it, and hopefully it will take care of me.
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Old May 5th, 2016, 06:28 PM   #2
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Nice! I'd like to find one of those for $160. That's about the best "pickup truck" gun and yeah not a bad little squirrel gun either.
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Nice find!
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I don't know about the transfer bar being fragile, but working on it yourself is rough. I picked up a 12 gauge in visibly rough shape a few years ago for a project. Cut it down to a 20" barrel, reblued it and cleaned up the wood some. The internals are almost inaccessible, so I left them alone.

About five years ago my dad got one of the turkey models (12 gauge with a 3.5" chamber and a 20" or so barrel with full choke) for $90. It is a great hiking gun. I'm not sure when prices shot up on the H&R and NEF guns.
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I think after H&R bought out the New England Firearms name, the "original" NEF guns went up in value, going up in value meaning, they went from sub-$100 used to $150-200 for nicer ones.

The NEF Handi-Rifles are becoming desirable, but I don't have much use for a $200-$250 single shot break open rifle, when I can just get an American or Mossberg Patriot for a little bit more.

I don't even know if the "new" H&R single shot shotguns are made here anymore, the H&R pumps are made in Turkey.

I was glad to find this for below $200, it can get me out into the field without having to spend for another pump gun, or have to make my Mossberg or Rem 870 do double duty.

I think it's more about that satisfying "thunk" of closing that barrel, I don't know. Maybe it's just the simplicity of "keeping it simple" , a little bit of old school.......I don't want to shell out for a good double shotgun, so this is a good starter gun.
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Nice OP! I have a H&R single shot 12 that has served me well. That looks to be an older one...they don't make the receiver finish like that anymore.
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The trigger guard is plastic, I don't know when they started using the transfer bar, if I had to take a WAG as to the age of this one I'd say late 80's-1990's. I don't think NEF or H&R has any source of serial number production date look ups.

It looks like it's seen a few seasons in the field, probably some rain, but was likely only fired to take game. There isn't even a "primer ring" on the firing pin bushing, so I don't think it's seen more than a handful of shells.

I'm looking forward to taking it into the field, probably this fall. I don't think there's a summer small game season, last time I hunted was when I was a NJ resident, I have to look up the PA seasons.
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I've had a NEF .410 for decades. Picked up a 12 gauge last year off GB for $85. Add shipping and ffl fees and I came in about $150. Slightly older gun and looks to be hardly used at all. Couldn't pass it up. Now I just need to add the 20 gauge. They are decent little single shot shotguns for sure. Great score on your part.
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