Hello all. Just thought I would share some info on my personal quest to find more information about an old double barrel shotgun. As so many other tales I've read in this forum have begun, I have this shotgun that belonged to my grandfather... Just out of curiosity, I wonder how many times that's been said in these forums?
Anyway, here's all of the info on this gun:
Side by side double barrel with double triggers.
Receiver left side - RANGER 101.6
Receiver right side - 5000
Receiver bottom right behind hinge - small 22 in a circle
Left barrel water table - serial number C26663 followed by small capital E
Right barrel water table - small capital M
Top of left barrel in all caps - Proof Tested 12 Gauge
Top of right barrel in all caps - Selected Forged Steel
Left barrel flat - Serial Number
Barrel pivot - S with a P in the upper loop and a T in the lower loop, all enclosed in an oval
Forend lug on bottom of barrel - J with an upside down "&" symbol above it
Forend wood and metal stamped with serial number, as is the stock.
There isn't any blueing left on the gun, but it has a nice patina.
Barrels are 30" 12 gauge with 2 3/4" chambers and include both a main bead and a mid bead. The beads were long gone, but I milled some from brass and pressed them in, as the holes were not threaded. They look pretty good, if I do say so. I don't know the choking, but I have read here about the dime in the barrel test, and a dime will just go in the right barrel, but not in the left barrel. Does that mean the left barrel is full choke?
From my own research I learned that this was manufactured by Stevens for Sears. What was initially confusing to me was what model Stevens it was based on. I found a couple of good tips on the internet and finally decided that it was a 515. The best indicator I had of that was the length of the top tang. It seems the 311 type 1's had a 3 1/8", the 311 type 2's had a 3 1/4", the 315's a 2 5/8" and the 515's a 2 7/8". Mine was 2 7/8".
So off to Boyds' Gunstock I went and ordered a 515 virtual inlet walnut stock and 311 virtual inlet walnut forend. By the way, the original stock had cracked completely in half, and it appeared that the forends were similar between all models.
Well, after waiting anxiously they finally arrived. Did they fit? Yes, with some minor final inletting. My one question would be, what year was this shotgun manufactured? I have many good memories of this gun, and I look forward to using it for many more years. I hope some of this information will be helpful to someone else with an old Ranger double shotgun.