My Dad gave me my grandfather's 16 gauge Lefever shotgun yesterday. I would like to figure out what grade it is and also if I need to try and find 2 1/2 inch shells. My grandfather probably bought it around 1930. It has double triggers one choke improved, the other full. Most of the engraving has been worn off, but you can make out a duck on the receiver. The stock is loose, forearm is cracked and the blueing is pretty well gone. I plan on taking to a local gunsmith to get the stock tighten up because I want to hunt with it. Any help would be appreciated.
I can help you ID the gun with photos.
2 1/2 " shells are available online, from RST, or just go to Lion Country, they are on the shelf.
With all the issues you present, the value is not much, but the sentimental value is priceless. Enjoy !
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If there is a duck engraved on your gun it was probably made by the Ithaca gun company who bought out the original Lefever gun company and made a completely different gun than the original Lefever. A cheaper design but still a stout gun and may be shootable. Have a gunsmith check it out.If it was made in the 30's it would have 2 9/16 inch chambers.
The essence of the shot is how you shoot the bird, not how many. George Bird Evans
Thanks for the help. I found a website www.diamondgunsupply.com that had some good information. According to that website the gun was made in 1927. I have it at the gunsmith's. Basically going to cost around $150.00 to fix the stock. Two cracks with one running the length on the bottom, soaking the stock to get the oil out of it. He is also going to cut several inlays into the stock where the wood has disappeared. Feels it should be ready to go in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to using it to bang away at some grouse in a few months. My grandpa has gone since 1978. It will feel like I'm hunting with him again.
Love the old SxS's!!! Low pressure shells are the key. Reload your own or use RST shells and you'll be fine. RST makes 2 3/4", 2 1/2" and 2" shells. You'll be surprised how well those 2 1/2" and 2" shells smash targets at 50-60 yards!! They'll also take birds with no problems.
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