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I have an excess of riches, three shotguns including a very sweet Fox side-by-side, all in 16ga. It's getting hard finding a good variety of shells in that gauge these days. Dad and Grandpa were fervent believers that 12ga was overkill, and 20ga insufficient for turkeys, so I'm left with the obsolete gauge.
Awesome. I got my Grandfathers .22 Winchester pump that I used as a kid for a couple years when he passed away. I eventually traded it for a Win Mod 92 clone so I could shoot cowboy action shooting. I don't really regret it but I kind of miss it.
Those old shotguns are great and the Poly-choke on the end of the barrel is kind of dated but it made the gun versatile. Modern ammo kind of bridged the gap between 12 and 20 gauge but the 16 is still a sweet gun and a joy to shoot.
Great old guns like this one deserve to have at least ten more decades of use in the hands of family so I would suggest you write down stories and add old pictures of your grandpa to pass along with the gun.
Old Guy, I think you are right about that, I did not look close enough and thought is was a Poly-choke. Either way it is a hell of a gun but you have to get used to the whole barrel moving back when it cycles the shell. Thanks for the correction.
I used that exact gun when I was a kid; 16 Ga. Remington on a Browning patent. It was my Grandfather's; my brother used it until Dad got him a 12 Ga. & the 16 got passed down to me. Unfortunately it was stolen about 20 years ago.
It also had a choke on the end, but IIRC it looked a little different; it wasn't vented like that. You twisted it clockwise or counterclockwise to set the choke. And yeah it was heavy!! My Dad grew up with it & he used a Browning "Light Twelve". I don't think the "Light" referred to the weight of that gun, but it wasn't quite as heavy as the Remington. And all those square-back Brownings are hefty.
My old man sold almost his guns (allegedly) before he died, and I gave the .22 derringers to my brother when I found them. I did get a 9mm pistol, but it didn't have the imprint of "dad" in my head, it's just a hammer for a specialized kinda nail.
I did get an old M77 worm drive Skil circular saw though. I don't use it much, but that reminds me of him.
William O. B'Livion