Info on an old shotgun

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  1. XDRoX

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    My best friend inherited a Browning over and under shotgun and offered it to me for $200. I assume it's at least worth that and since I don't have a nice shotgun I'll probably buy it. I just wanted to post it here first to get any info on it.
    All I know is that it's a Browning. My buddy still has the hand written receipt that his grandfather got when he bought it used in 1960 for $200. And it's a 12 gauge.
    Besides that I know nothing.
    Can I shoot it considering it's age?
    Will it make a good trap gun?
    Any problems to look out for?
    I can take more pics if you need them.
    Thanks in advance for any info.

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  2. eisman

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    Take it! And thank your friend.

    A Browning Superposed like that is worth $1500-$2000.

    Yes, you can shoot it. It will last another 100 years if you care for it.

    It's a field gun, not a Trap gun, but it's a better gun than most folks on this BBS will ever own. You can shoot trap, or skeet, or sporting clays, or whatever with it.

    Measure the Barrels. They should be 26/28/30" long. Look on the left side of the barrels when the action is open; you'll see some marks like this (*, **, **-). Let us know what they are and we'll tell you how it's choked. There should be two sets (one over the other).
     
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  3. flagg

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    if it's as clean as it looks then it has to be worth more than $200.
     
  4. XDRoX

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    Thanks for the info. I'll look right now.
     
  5. XDRoX

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    Is this what you mean?
    Looks like 1 * on the top and 2 *'s on the bottom.
    And the barrel measures 30".
     
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    Forgot the pic:
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    Browning Superposed is the Cadillac of shotguns.
     
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    Wow thanks for the replies. He already took it and got it appraised. He said he could get $1100 for it but would rather I have it.
    There is one thing. The stock has been cut down about an inch for a short person I guess. When his grandfather bought it he had the stock re-lengthened. So you can see that the end of the stock has different wood on it. Whoever did it did a beautiful job, but you can tell it's not original. My buddy told me if the stock had never been altered the gun would be worth over $2500. But since it was cut and then re-lengthened, it's not even worth half that. He knows I'll shoot it, so he offered it to me for $200.
    Sounds like I should buy it, which I probably will.
     
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    Amazing friend, a name your first born male after the guy type of friend. Get it, take care of it, take him out to shoot after you have had it long enough that he wont change his mind.
     
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    With 30" barrels and, based on what you've posted, Full (*) and Modified (**) chokes, you'll have a fairly decent gun for trap.

    Don't worry about the stock, except maybe to have it fitted to you sometime. It's having been cut down does effect the value, but if the later lengthening was done well, not 50%.

    I would suggest you take it and have a qualified gunsmith clean it, to include taking off the wood and getting inside. They do tend to gum up a little if they haven't been used (or have been stored away) over the years. It may cost $100 but it will be worth it.

    Another thing you could consider would be to send it to Briley and have changable chokes installed, but then you're looking at $500.

    Don't hesitate, buy it. And take and shoot it. That's what they were made for.
     
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    $200 for a Superposed, even one in rough condition, is the buy of a lifetime. Throw two bills at him and don't look back.
     
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    My heart skipped a beat when I saw the price.

    Inasmuch as I'd love to buy a Superposed for $200, I don't know that I'd feel good about it unless my friend knew he could get a lot more for it.
     
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    My buddy already took it to a gun store so he knows what he could get for it. I was surprised also when he said $200. I just ordered him a part for a Luger which I'm going to get for him. $60 for a screw:wow:
    So the total will be $260.
    He also sold me a Colt 1911 for $800 that he could have gotten a lot more for. He knows I collect guns and since they were family heirlooms he would probably rather I have them. He's like a brother.
    Here's another pic of the modified stock:
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    In that case, I'd be all over it.
     
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    Wow. Now that's a score.