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 Post subject: Another 37
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 7:18 pm 
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Just bought a 1940 16 gauge on Gun Broker . Been looking for a prewar 16 gauge,but not anymore. Now I've got a new project,cosmetics are in order.




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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:12 pm 
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can't wait for the glamour shots. Before and after the makeover.

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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:11 pm 
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37s are addictive.


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 7:38 pm 
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Tell me about it,this is the fourth one in less then 2 years. Next is a R,S,or T after the wife calms down a bit. I got the old "Yea I know this is the last one I'll ever need" comment. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:03 pm 
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I need another one like I need a hole in my head but since I let my 20ga go to a friend with a need, I have been looking for another. It'll be a '54 or older with a plain barrel and ringtail forend. I've kind of got a pattern you see.


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:43 pm 
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Congrats on the new member!

ohio mike wrote:
Tell me about it,this is the fourth one in less then 2 years. Next is a R,S,or T after the wife calms down a bit. I got the old "Yea I know this is the last one I'll ever need" comment. :lol:

I like the 16 also and try to stay with them. However recently picked up a prewar 20 ga. field. I don't have a prewar 16 field but do have a prewar 16 R. And a 12 prewar 37T. Would like to have all of the prewars in 16 but the stars will really have to align correctly for that to happen. There really is something special about those prewar 16's to me.

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I need another one like I need a hole in my head but since I let my 20ga go to a friend with a need, I have been looking for another. It'll be a '54 or older with a plain barrel and ringtail forend. I've kind of got a pattern you see.

In 16 ga. with 26" bbl. chocked IC it is the best grouse gun ever made, at least in my hands but there are more than a few others that agree. They are hard to find been looking for a friend of mine for awhile now. I will never give mine up.

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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:42 pm 
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Nice find ohio mike.
I have a 1941 in 16 gauge with an adjustable choke. It's my first model 37. I will use it for grouse in October and pheasants in November. It is truly "featherlight". I have a sunburst pad that I need to install and it will be ready to go.
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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:09 am 
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I too have a pre-war 16. This is a "R" All original and such a sweet handling gun.

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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:50 am 
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After getting the gun home I discovered the gun had been carried more then shot and never taken apart,ever. The bluing is at least 75% much better then the pictures showed. The complete reblue I had planned won't be necessary but some touch up is. The stock is solid and checkering is good,never used it before but I ordered some French Red to use on the refinish. Couple of odd things, the stock is hollowed out which I'm sure is factory done. The guts were filthy but oddly enough when I cleaned up everything I discovered the bolt is coated in what appears to be black enamel that's hard enough to be ceramic. It's quite a bit lighter then my 1966 16 gauge do to the stock I'm sure. Speaking of which while roving thru GunBroker I found a very nice 26" vent rib, imp/cyl. barrel for the 1966 so I bought it too. That gun is now a 3 barrel set and my go to field gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 9:42 am 
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The stock on my 1940 is very hollowed out as well. Done for balance purposes and these were done at the factory.

I think mine sat in closet for a very long time. It had been shot and looks like it was basically left alone. Insides were very dirty and gummed up. A good clean and polish and it cycles like new.

You will really like that gun, let's see some pics!!


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 12:28 pm 
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Matt,I believe mine sat in a closet too. It has a dime sized spot of surface rust on the barrel right were somebody would grab it. Any idea what the deal is with the coated bolt? Pictures when done (if I can figure out how) right now it's in many,many pieces.


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 1:37 pm 
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Ohio Mike congrats on your new pre war 16 I also bid on it,and saw you were bidding so I stopped hope in you would win it.nice gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:05 pm 
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Elviscolt wrote:
Ohio Mike congrats on your new pre war 16 I also bid on it,and saw you were bidding so I stopped hope in you would win it.nice gun.


Thanks for the courtesy,you don't see much of it these days. You definitely saved me some money. Was looking at a double at a local gun shop when I came across it while browsing GunBroker. I have really been wanting a prewar 16 in this exact configuration. Would have actually gone up to $500.00 on it maybe a bit more. You saved me enough to buy the 26" barrel for the 1966 gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Another 37
PostPosted: Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:10 pm 
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Glad I could help you out, would have gone $450 easy.




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