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 Post subject: 1929 Ithaca Made Lefever 12 Gauge
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 10:42 pm 
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I inherited a 1929 Ithaca made Lefever, Nitro Special, 12 gauge double barrel shotgun. The barrel length is 30 inches and appears to be “fluid steel”. I don’t think it’s a Damascus. Serial number is 290458, which puts its production in 1929.

This piece I know is not worth a lot of money, but as my grandfather’s shotgun and a family heirloom it’s priceless in my eyes. I would like to know the approximate value of this shotgun. I got most of the history off the internet.

I would like to know if it would be safe to shoot. I know that a gunsmith would be the best option to determine its safety, but have read that the “Nitro Special” of this era is a heavy duty barrel and should be safe to shoot. Does anyone think shooting “magnum” loads through the barrels is a good idea? I do know not to run “steel shot” through it. I’ve made an attempt to upload numerous pictures to give everyone an idea of its condition. I do not know how to classify bluing on this piece. It looks like it has none.

There is a dent on each barrel’s exterior of which I’ve taken a picture of. Would this in itself preclude this gun from being fired?
When I was cleaning the gun, I noticed what appears to be a “patch” on the left side of the stock in front of the safety lever. If it is a patch, it was a very good one as I cannot feel the separation or joint between the patch and the stock.

The recoil butt plate is an after market piece and would reduce the price of this shotgun as I have read. I know where I can pick up an original Lefever butt plate to increase the value, but would leave the recoil pad on it as it was how my grandfather used it.

I hope I have given enough attention to detail to give the reader an accurate assessment. I can take more pictures of any area of the gun that anyone needs. I have taken several shots of the “stampings” on the shotgun. Thanks for any help.

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 Post subject: Barrel dents in 1929 Ithaca Made Lefever 12 Gauge
PostPosted: Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:43 pm 
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Nice little batch of pictures; a classic gun if there ever was one.
Those barrel dents are best not to have shot run past them prior to repair.
If you check my previous postings you will see one concerning dent repair amongst the miscellany and I did post pictures, so see the 2 different postings down the page here: (my posts #1 and #4 both have pictures, 2 and 3 discuss the bulge problem)
viewtopic.php?f=53&t=130293&start=20

Notice the the posting at the bottom of the page has the dent photos and repair "after" photos, as well.

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