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 Post subject: How to grade a Flues 16 ga. double
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 4:57 pm 
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Can anyone tell me how to tell the grade of a Flues 16 ga.,made in 1915. There is no grade stamped on the water table. Only the serial number and the gauge. I have pics,but don't know how to post them on here.


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 Post subject: Re: How to grade a Flues 16 ga. double
PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 10:48 pm 
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I'm pretty sure the grade number would be on the watertable; some have F for field grade. Just be aware the pre WWI Flues had more fragile receivers and require low pressure shells which are easily available. But, I would advise in old guns to shoot low pressure shells because of the old wood.

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 Post subject: Re: How to grade a Flues 16 ga. double
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:10 am 
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In the pre-WW-I years the Field Grade Ithaca Flues model doubles had a half-pistol grip stock and Smokeless Powder Steel barrels --

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The No. 1 Special had a capped pistol grip and Cockerill Steel barrels --

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The No. 1 had Twist barrels and a capped pistol grip --

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The No. 1 1/2 added a bit of zig-zag engraving around the receiver and had Damascus barrels --

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Mid-1915 the No. 1 1/2 got the bold floral engraving and the option of Krupp steel barrels --

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 Post subject: Re: How to grade a Flues 16 ga. double
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:41 am 
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I have a 1909 Grade 2. It has a 2 on the watertable. It has the Krupp Fluid Steel barrels.
T.W.K.


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 Post subject: Re: How to grade a Flues 16 ga. double
PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2012 1:18 pm 
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My gun looks like the one in the last picture. The 1915 grade 1 1/2 ad. Mine also has krupp fluid steel barrels with a (3) -improved modified, and a (0) - cylinder chokes. There is nothing on the water table except (16), (259xxx) which dates it to 1915, and (patd). Nothing else, not even lightly stamped. So I'm satisfied that it is a grade 1 1/2 gun. Thanks for the info.


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