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JC Higgins 12 gauge bolt action

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by myron_23, Jan 22, 2011.

  1. myron_23

    myron_23 Roseburg, Oregon Member

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    I bought one of these for forty bucks. Can anyone give me any info about it.
     
  2. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Found this on another forum.



    Found 2 different sources that claim the 12 ga JC Higgins/Sears/H&R is or has been up for recall due to bolt issues.

    Anyone know anything about this???? :insane:

    Those may be hard to find a bolt for. Sears has issued a recall for them, offering $160 for the return.Shotgunworld.com • View topic - J.C.Higgins HELP


    The JC Higgins bolt action shotguns were made for sears by H & R I believe. The 12 gauges are not safe to shoot. the locking luggs on the bolt is not strong enough for a 12 gauge. The 16 and 20s are fine because there is more metal there.

    If you call Sears and ask them about the recall on them they will give you a number to call. You call the number and give them your address and they send you a box to mail them the bolt and they send you a check for $160.00 if I remember right .

    I had one of this for years. I loved the gun for squirrel hunting but when I found out about the recall I sent the bolt back for the money. A guy I know would go to flea markets and such and buy them and send them back for the money. You could but them for $50 or $60 . I would like to find a nice 16 or 20 gauge to hunt with.

    Jimhttp://www.graybeardoutdoors.com/phpbb2/viewtopic.php?t=39393
     
  3. BillyDa59

    BillyDa59 King County, WA Member

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    I've only heard that the recall was unnecessary. Something about the bolt-related-injuries being the result of one guy removing the bolt stop screw. Purportedly, this guy removed his bolt stop screw, and as a result the bolt hit him when he cycled it a little too hard. Also, supposedly 3 different manufacturers produced an identical shotgun like this. Sears, High Standard, and JC Higgins. Only Sears did the recall.

    Again, I've only heard this. I may be totally wrong.

    Also, I've tried researching it, but can't find anything; I really need to know! Will this Bolt Action 12GA shoot 3" shells?
     
  4. myron_23

    myron_23 Roseburg, Oregon Member

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    Thank you for the response the stock has a crack I am going to fix and then decide whether or not to shoot it. It only shoots 2 3/4 shells.
     
  5. kp454442

    kp454442 upstate,NY New Member

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    About the JC Higgins 12 gauge.My 1st post by the way...so hello everyone.My Dad won 2 of these guns in 1954.I still have one and I dont believe there is any problems with the bolt.
     
  6. deadeye

    deadeye Albany,OR. Moderator Staff Member

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    What is the model
     
  7. CharonPDX

    CharonPDX Portland, OR Active Member

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    BOLT action? I have a Higgins Pump-action from my grandfather that is solid as a rock. It was his primary hunting weapon for 50 years (and he hunted for food for 20 of those,) and I've probably put an equal number of rounds through it purely in target practice in the past 10 since I inherited it. No problems with it at all. (I didn't know they MADE a bolt action version.)
     
  8. darkminstrel

    darkminstrel PDX Well-Known Member

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    Wow. I'd love a bolt 12ga. Sounds like it would be fun to shoot.
     
  9. myron_23

    myron_23 Roseburg, Oregon Member

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    It's a blast to shoot ! The action is not the best but it works. The only complaint I have is it only shoot 2 3/4 shells, other than that I love to shoot it. It's a model 583.20 I believe, I will check tomorrow to make sure.
     
  10. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm. I have a J.C. Higgins Model 20. It's a 12ga pump. It was the fist gun I ever shot in my life. Inherited it from my dad. It still works just fine!