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Sunday, January 22, 2012

UPDATE! Remington Arms 1900

Guess what? For the first time in God knows when, this shotgun made some noise today!






I view many posts from Bloggers about how we as legal responsible gun owners are "winning". To be true hearts and minds are paramount. On the other side I present another reason we are winning.

Remember this? (Click to enbiggen any photo)


 














I did some digging. This is a Remington Model 1900 Shotgun. Based on my Google-Fu, this particular boomstick was made from 1906 to 1910. Unfortunately my reference manuals here and more Google-Fu gave very little more information about this shotgun. 

Without a schematic and a gun that does not even show up in the Standard Catalog of Firearms, I chose a minimal cleaning and function check. This shotgun is based on the Model 1894, just made a bit cheaper. 

So first get the crap out of the barrels. Here is what I got:






















The action side did not look any better:












The forearm? Pretty much the same:












So here is the forearm action soaking in "something" after cleaning:
















Gentle cleaning is rewarded with this:













A long time was spent on the barrels. For some reason the left side one was more uh, dinged up than the right. No matter, they both cleaned up well:




























The forearm action? Cleaned up well:

















So the wood got some oil soap and lemon oil. The function check? Looked like this with dummy rounds:


















That looks great! So later today we shall see how she works. 

For now? For this 100 year old gun? Where is it? Standing guard. Right here:






















Imagine how many pistols, rifles, and shotguns are languishing around in basements, attics, back closets, under beds and even forgotten by owners. With even a little care these firearms will function. 

Sadly I will return this shottie to its owner. 

22 comments:

  1. That was a lot of work, but you were rewarded with a functional shotty! I honestly didn't think there was much chance of bringing that one back. Good job Sir!

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    1. Thanks NFO! I enjoyed having it here.

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  2. I was given a very similar Enfield side by side, it belonged to a great uncle that I'm sort of named after.

    I really need someone to fix the internals, only the right barrel works and then only after several attempts. Also since the firing pin on the left barrel is frozen forward if you were to load it and the recoil from the other barrel jarred it just right double barrel shotgun gets a whole new meaning.

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    1. Ouch! That would not be good! Wish I was closer.

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  3. Looks like some animal had made its' home in the barrels. Nice job cleaning her up.

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  4. I had the same model shotgun that had a few inches cut off of the barrel's. That was common on old SBS shotgun's with damaged barrel's due to any number of reason's.

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    1. There is 30 inches of barrel to play with on this one. I could see how they would get banged up.

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  5. Keads, not sure if you ever look at Numrich Gun Parts web sight, butI've often found parts for many old guns there and they have a lot of free schematics, plus schematics you can purchase online for like 99 cents...

    Here's a link to parts for your gun...
    http://www.gunpartscorp.com/catalog/Products.aspx?catid=11868

    Looks like you did a great job going over that old shotgun...

    Once, I had a friend bring me an older side-by-side shotgun with lots of rust and some pitting in the bore... I actually hooked the DeWalt drill to a cleaning rod with a copper 12 gauge brush and ran the drill slowly as I moved the rod and brush back and forth the length of the bore in each barrel... actually had good results... although I don't think that's what the Hoppe's would recommend...

    Dann in Ohio

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    1. Dann- I will have to keep that in mind. Thanks for the link too!

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  6. I like to see stories of old guns brought back from the dead. Thanks for the post.

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    1. Thanks ML! It was fun and I always learn something.

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  8. Nice! I know it has been very satisfying to, with the help of Murphy's Law, get all of Dad's guns that had been laying around unused for years and years functional again.

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    1. PH- It is rewarding! I know that all of your Firearms are in good hands!

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  9. Since it fired well and didn't blow up- I guess those weren't cracks in Pic #7.
    That looked like a pair of cracks (or one crossing both barrels) right under the locking tang...

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    1. KurtP- Those cracks are the ejectors.

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    2. I see now.
      My only experience with a SbS was cowboy shooting (which doesn't have ejectors).

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