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Need help identifying older 16ga shotgun

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Tjdubbya, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. Tjdubbya

    Tjdubbya Oregon New Member

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    Hey folks!

    This is my father-in-law's shotgun that he has had for (at least) my wife's entire life of 32 years. He has had some trouble identifying it, since it was his brother's (who has now passed away), and it was passed down onto him.

    Any thoughts on who makes it? It's semi-auto, 16 ga, and has "Ranger" in the side of it - with what looks to be a small cowboy (pretty faded).

    Any thoughts? Thanks in advance! Barrel 2.jpg Barrel.jpg

    Cowboy.jpg

    Imprint.jpg

    Ranger.jpg

    Side.jpg

    Stock.jpg
     
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  2. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Looks like a Sears Ranger to me. It's based off the Browning Auto 5 design.
    Before shooting it, I would take a look at a You Tube video by Jim Green (Down East Gunworks)
    He has some of the best dis-assembly and re-assembly videos of vintage firearms on the web.
    Especially what mechanical issues you should look for when taking it apart.
    Also, the friction ring needs to be correctly installed for the type of loads you will be shooting.
     
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  3. Tjdubbya

    Tjdubbya Oregon New Member

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    Excellent! Thanks so much. :)
     
  4. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    If you work on this, use hollow ground screwdriver tips.
    If you look at the receiver closeup pics, the screw slots are bunged up from some kitchen table repairs.
     
  5. Tjdubbya

    Tjdubbya Oregon New Member

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    Will do! Thank you again!
     
  6. Tjdubbya

    Tjdubbya Oregon New Member

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    So cool! ImageUploadedByTapatalk1407647923.344031.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1407647945.292760.jpg

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  7. WAYNO

    WAYNO Oregon City Gold Supporter Gold Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Savage and Remington made the Auto 5 when they weren't being imported from Belgium.

    I've never known a Remington with a department store brand on it, so I'd seriously consider this shotgun is a Savage.

    WAYNO.
     
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  8. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Savage model 720 if your looking for parts.
     
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  9. Tjdubbya

    Tjdubbya Oregon New Member

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    Beautiful!
     
  10. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Even the old stuff that ain't often talked about is better than most of the new stuff. You should search for Belgian proof marks on the barrel or receiver: this would make it an equivalent of a contemporary Browning at least as far as material and function.

    I should add that the Rem Model 11 was the initial and first marketing for the stalwart Browning design for the American market: debut of the "Humpback" !
     
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  11. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Interesting. First thought was a Sears version of the Remington mdl 11. No so.
    The Ranger is actually a Savage/Stevens 720.

    Watch it on old 16 ga guns. The old ones had a 2 9/16" chamber. Newer ones are
    2 3/4". No definite date on the change to 2 3/4", but if it is pre WWII you might
    want to have it checked.
     
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  12. Qjay

    Qjay Vancouver, not BC, Washington, not DC Active Member

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    Wow, $29.95 when it was brand new?
    Heck, I'll give you $20 for it now since it's used. ;)

    Congrats on getting to learn from that beauty! Have fun with it!:D
     
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  13. DeanMk

    DeanMk Poulsbo, Wa. Active Member

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    That's a beautiful gun, and its being presented on an equally beautiful dinner table.
    Take care of both.


    Dean