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Hi all, I am new to this forum. I Rrecently inherited what seems to be an old shotgun. Is there anyone that can perhaps share any info or have any insight regarding this gun?

By the markings it is a W.J Jeffrey no 5 and on the barrel it reads: W.J JEFFREY & CO LT 13 kins st St James London. I will try and add some pics aswell. Appreciate any help... thanks!
 

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Hi all, I am new to this forum. I Rrecently inherited what seems to be an old shotgun. Is there anyone that can perhaps share any info or have any insight regarding this gun?

By the markings it is a W.J Jeffrey no 5 and on the barrel it reads: W.J JEFFREY & CO LT 13 kins st St James London. I will try and add some pics aswell. Appreciate any help... thanks!
Oh yes , the serial seems to be 25008...
 

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The proof marks date to 1904-1925, and the King St. address was used until 1905 so that would date the gun.
Nigel Brown's British Gunmakers has Jeffery SN DOMs.

It likely has 2 1/2" chambers and was proved for 1 1/8 oz. shot with a mean service pressure of 3 1/4 tons by LUP = 9,800 psi by Burrard’s conversion.

Cornell Pubs has a 1904 catalog repro. with which you can ID the model
Not sure about shipping to S. Africa however.

The gun appears to be very well used and certainly should be evaluated by a doublegun specialist smith before use.
 

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The proof marks date to 1904-1925, and the King St. address was used until 1905 so that would date the gun.
Nigel Brown's British Gunmakers has Jeffery SN DOMs.

It likely has 2 1/2" chambers and was proved for 1 1/8 oz. shot with a mean service pressure of 3 1/4 tons by LUP = 9,800 psi by Burrard’s conversion.

Cornell Pubs has a 1904 catalog repro. with which you can ID the model
Not sure about shipping to S. Africa however.

The gun appears to be very well used and certainly should be evaluated by a doublegun specialist smith before use.
Appreciate the response, thank you!. I guess I will just lock it up and let it "fade away" :).... thanks again
 

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Appreciate the response, thank you!. I guess I will just lock it up and let it "fade away" :).... thanks again
Why? It is a lovely old gun that with some TLC could be used for years to come. As was recommended, have it checked out by a competent double gun smith and you have a very classic, usable shotgun. Just use the proper lead ammo for it and it will be great for many years to come. Guns like yours have more "class" and handwork in the hammers alone than any modern gun's have in their entirety!
 

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Nice old hammer gun. Needs some TLC but still lots of life left. Be a shame to just let it idle away in some safe or closet. There is a strong hammer gun contingent. Bigger probably than most think. Even without putting any money in it, it would have resale value. Looking at sites like double gun journal might be worth your time.
 
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