Just picked up the 235 in the classified section.
Nickel receiver? Very shiny, but I don't think they chromed back then.
1 Should the firing pins have return springs, they don't ?
2 Should the hammers rest on the firing pins when down?
They don't, but when I used a snap cap w/ some masking tape they did make a dent. I am asking because when I fire it w/ snap caps the hammers don't appear to even touch the firing pins, but a dent was left.
3 What should I use to keep the stock from cracking before I shoot it?
I pulled the stock and what looked very minor from the outside looked very bad from the inside.
4 Were they ever made in a chamber shorter than 2 3/4"?
I made a guage out of a 3 1/2" shell, cut to 2 3/4" and hot glued a wad upside down. It goes in without resistance and closes.
Thanks for any info!