First year R ?
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Author:  ohio mike [ Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:29 pm ]
Post subject:  First year R ?

Bought a 16 gauge R out of Bowie TX. Serial # 70049 dates to 1941.The gun came from the factory with a 13"LOP. and a Mod. barrel. A polychoke was added afterwards and is of the first design. The gun must have resided for years in a hot closet as the but plate shrank about 1/2" and the grip cap not only shrank but curled like a potato chip.The gun is very worn but not abused although it was never disassembled and cleaned.Must be dry in Bowie as there's very little rust. It's apart for a deep cleaning right now,when I get it back together we'll get some pictures posted. I'm inclined to think this may very well be the first 16 gauge R built which makes me hesitate to refurbish it although the choke makes it not original.

Author:  1977cutcher [ Tue Jan 28, 2020 5:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: First year R ?

I would think it is at least possible that the gun came original with polly choke even with the choke stamping. I'ts possible that someone simply grabbed a finished gun to fill an order but no one will ever know. That being said, if the gun is in poor but restorable condition I don't think you are going to loose value with the re finish.

Author:  IthacaMatt [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 7:45 am ]
Post subject:  Re: First year R ?

Some solid ribs were produced prior to the 70K serial number block. I have a 16 solid rib that falls in the 1940 range, 25220. I believe they were introduced in 1940. I don't have my flyer in front of me.

Author:  ohio mike [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 6:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: First year R ?

Matt,that's actually good news. Now I have no qualms about returning the old gal to her former glory which was my intention all along.Been wanting a 16 gauge polychoke gun to use as my primary field gun for some time.Being a prewar just makes it all the better.

Author:  drcook [ Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:55 am ]
Post subject:  Re: First year R ?

Having the rib on the barrel makes a polychoke look not so obnoxious (I have 2 that have poly's myself). The rib helps the visual transition both in a functional as well as esthetic manner.

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