Lefever Nitro Special made by Ithaca Arms Co.
I was leaning towards a Mossberg Silver Reserve but for now the Mossberg is out. Because last night, I said out with the new in with the old. I got a side by side Lefever Nitro Special in 12 gauge with 28 inch barrels and it's made in 1938/39 (I got the year of production from looking up the serial number.) It's in good shape, a lot of character, and a gun that I won’t be afraid to use in the brush. I wish it could talk, I bet it has some stories. Only two small problems though. All the research that I have done almost positively assures that it takes 2 3/4 inch shells, BUT nowhere on the gun does it specify. But again, from researching, this gun was made by Ithaca so from what I've read it almost certainly shoots 2 3/4. Also, I noticed a very small ding in the barrel this morning that I did not see last night when I purchased it. It's about 4 inches down from the muzzle and you can see internally. Extremely small though, and almost unnoticeable. I think I may take it to a gunsmith though for some reassurance or a possible hydraulic dent repair and approval before I shoot it. I've learned the history of these guns and how Ithaca acquired this line from the originator "Uncle" Dan Lefever. But does anyone have any specifics on these guns like what size shell, what choke are the barrels necked down to etc. Any info about these guns would be helpful, Thanks.
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