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Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by aarond, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. aarond

    aarond Gresham Active Member

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    Got an old double barrel 12ga.

    Anyone go an idea what it might be worth?

    It says: Mfd by the meriden fire arms co
    Has a damascus steel barrel

    Just curious what everyone thinks... Thanks!
    Maybe it'll move to the classified forum sometime?
     
  2. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    If you open the action and look under the breeches on the frame, what numbers are there? There should be a serial number and some other two or three digit numbers. If you can post those numbers I can tell you a bit more about it.
     
  3. aarond

    aarond Gresham Active Member

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    On the barrel part there's a "11548" that I think is the serial. There's also a "2" in two spots, and another number I can't fully make out. It looks like it says "1 D" but the D is upside down, maybe?

    Then on the receiver there is a "11548" and a "D3o" or "D30"
     
  4. aarond

    aarond Gresham Active Member

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    So a crack starting on the stock and a bit of rust from sitting in somebodys granddaddys basement means it's not worth a whole lot, huh?

    I was hoping I'd scored a million dollar collectors item. :D
     
  5. Stomper

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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    Been down this route myself with greatgrandpa's VERY SIMILAR double barreled... On a GOOD day and in primo condition (which mine isn't)... $200 tops. Its worth more as a family heirloom, and that's about it.

    BTW- Don't attempt to shoot a modern load in it either, the damascus steel won't take the increases pressures.
     
  6. deen_ad

    deen_ad Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Out of curiosity, black powder only?
     
  7. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    D30 indicates it's a Damascus 30" barrel. The 11548 is the serial number. It's earlier than any of the Meriden's listed. The earlier numbers all seem to be marked A.J. Aubrey, but made by the same company. The 2 digit number may be the model number. Find more info here:

    Meriden Fire Arms Co.
     
  8. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    Some people say that it can be fired with the correct black powder cartridges only, but only after a gunsmith checks it out. Chamber length is critical. Some old 12 ga. guns were 2-9/16" or even 2-1/2" chambers. Not good if you fire a modern 2-3/4" length (measured after firing) shell in them. Most people will tell you it's a wall hanger only, but if I owned it I'd investigate whether it could be fired.
     
  9. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    If it is worth anything (doubtful) trying to clean it up or repair it is about the last thing you want to do to it. Collectors like a well aged gun, not one that's been fixed.
     
  10. ZigZagZeke

    ZigZagZeke Eugene Silver Supporter Silver Supporter 2015 Volunteer

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    On the other hand, they told me this rifle was too far gone and it was just a wall hanger. A barrel liner, a year's work, and $2500 later it shoots modern .357 Mag ammo, and does it very sweetly:

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  11. aarond

    aarond Gresham Active Member

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    Mine does have A.J. Aubrey under it.

    Thanks for the info guys!