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Old April 25th, 2019, 01:56 PM   #1
 
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I got an old Stevens 12ga double barrel shotgun when my Dad passed away ten years ago. The barrels had been cut to 18 1/4 inches, and the wood was really rough. I had stripped and refinished the stock and forend maybe five years ago, but that was about all the attention it received. I just pulled it out of my deep storage safe today (the dust is visible in the pictures!) for the first time in several years. I've decided to do a little work on it. Tools and parts are now on order. I will be filling in the gap between the barrels, as well as drilling and tapping the hole necessary for a brass bead sight. I am undecided on adding a short length of rail to the beavertail for mounting a light. I took a photo of it mocked up to show what it would look like. What do you think? Should I go with the practicality of a light or stay traditional?
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Nothing wrong with adding the light - especially if you're going to keep the old shooter around for warding off things that might go bump in the night.

Gotta like a nice 12 gauge, double barreled shotgun.
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Since itís going to be your house gun, I vote for the light.
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Nothing wrong with adding the light - especially if you're going to keep the old shooter around for warding off things that might go bump in the night.

Gotta like a nice 12 gauge, double barreled shotgun.
The gun is shorter and easier to handle inside the house than my Rem 870 w/ 20" barrel. The light makes sense.
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I get that feeling too. If I change my mind I just have to fill two screw holes. It's only a birch stock, nothing fancy.
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Since it’s going to be your house gun, I vote for the light.
I can leave the AR-15 and the short barrel 870 in the safe while the old Stevens guards the castle.
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I could go for the hidden shelf. The shotgun falling out of the headboard is kinda scary!

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I knew the shotgun had been put away too long when the pics revealed dust bunnies in the muzzles along with cobwebs. The Stevens is tight and solid. I have JB weld Steel Stick putty coming to fill the unsightly gap at the muzzle. A brass bead, drill bit, bottoming tap w/ handle, and center-punch are also on order. A little cold blue and paint should improve the looks significantly. I'll be sure to post pics when it's done.
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It's looking better. The Stevens will never win a beauty contest, but oiled up and with a bead installed and the muzzle filled in she makes an honest coach gun. I'm happy that with just a little effort my Dad's old beater looks better than ever.
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I have your shotgun's "Little Brother" - in 20 gage.
I've had mine for nigh onto 40 years now. If you're up for some different sort of fun - go shoot a couple rounds of skeet with that short double barrel. It's a hoot and will really demonstrate the need to follow thru on your swing!
Virtually EVERYONE that sees it says the same thing - "I Want that shotgun!"

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Nice work. Be careful where you mount that light. Don’t want to give it a running start on your knuckles!
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I have your shotgun's "Little Brother" - in 20 gage.
I've had mine for nigh onto 40 years now. If you're up for some different sort of fun - go shoot a couple rounds of skeet with that short double barrel. It's a hoot and will really demonstrate the need to follow thru on your swing!
Virtually EVERYONE that sees it says the same thing - "I Want that shotgun!"

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I have shot informal clays using a hand thrower. It does well if you stand near the thrower for going away birds and don't let them get too far away. Crossers are a whole different story! The stubby barrels are a real handicap. I have an open choked 20ga SxS quail gun that has the same problem.
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nga, Your little SXS reminds me of one I did for a good friend, although he definitely bubbed up the barrels when he cut them with a hack saw. I got that all squared away and also used liquid steel to fill the gap. I re-did the stock and used cold blue on the barrels. We had a ball on the 16 yard line trying to hit the crossing clays also.
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