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Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:08 PM
So today was like Xmas 10 times over...I was given 3 shotguns, a savage 22 bolt action and some ammo for the 16ga shotguns. So my question is.. he said the shells are about 5-10 years old. They look practically new minus some blemishes on the brass itself. I am wondering if i would be able to shoot it off?

Im afraid to go out and do it before finding out if i could or not. What could happen? misfire? blow up? or just be like normal?

One of the guns is a semi auto browning 16ga shotgun from 1935 with original paperwork (which is in amazing condition) in 1965 it was sent to the manufacturer to get set up to shoot 2 3/4 shells. Whats awesome is that the receipt said it was $45.60 lol.

So anyways, any help would be appreciated.

Pics of Ammo:
(and yeah i will never be able to shoot of the rifle ammo, they are pretty rusted) The federal is for a 32 auto, and they look like they just came off of the shelf.
http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/ub3rphoto/WTF_1207.jpg

This is the shotgun ammo, I have about 50 boxes of the same thing
http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/ub3rphoto/WTF_1208.jpg

Malthusian
08-07-2010, 3:14 PM
Go for it
Shouldn't be a problem

pepsi2451
08-07-2010, 3:15 PM
They aren't safe, send them to me for proper disposal. Seriously though, they are fine.

CSACANNONEER
08-07-2010, 3:18 PM
The ammo is more like 20-85 years old. It should work fine but, some of it is worth more as a collectible than as ammo.

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:18 PM
All your ammo are good to go !!!

But I probably won't shoot them because of their vintage. Its just nice to display a few box of really old ammo ... The Sears stuff are no longer being made, as are the Remington rifle ammo. I think the ammo are WAY more then 10yrs old !!

The #4 shot in the 16ga are not allowed in most shotgun target range, if you choose to shoot them. Big 5 or BassPro sells the 16ga ammo for like $7-8 per box, and Walmart sells everything else you need.

Mr. Beretta
08-07-2010, 3:19 PM
Pull the trigger.

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:19 PM
yeah im gonna keep all the vintage ammo, i feel it adds a nice touch to my gun safe :D

I was only planning on shooting the remington 16ga shells.

Anyone know what a remington model 31 pump action 12ga worth?

Malthusian
08-07-2010, 3:20 PM
They aren't safe, send them to me for proper disposal. Seriously though, they are fine.


I am willing to help with the disposal as well

Ed_in_Sac
08-07-2010, 3:25 PM
The UMC box looks pretty old certainly more than 5-7 years. Hard to tell from a picture but old ammo usually just goes bang...or not. The corrosion is of little concern to me, would try them if the firearm is is good condition (me).

The Remington 257 Roberts also looks a bit older than the stated 5-7 years, same strategy.

The Sears shotshells are quite old and the blackening near the base concerns me a bit, are they reloads? Those are the ones I would be cautious about but from what I can see in the picture (a picture doesn't tell the whole story). If you are really concerned take them into a reputable gun store or gunsmith and have them look at both the firearms and the shells. If ok, enjoy!

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:26 PM
BTW ... How about some pics of your new toys.

:useless:

:D I've been waiting to use the no pics smiley !!! :D

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:28 PM
yeah im gonna keep all the vintage ammo, i feel it adds a nice touch to my gun safe :D

I was only planning on shooting the remington 16ga shells.

Anyone know what a remington model 31 pump action 12ga worth?

The 31 came in different grades and configs ... They could go from almost worthless to thousands :eek: for a D-grade gun. PICS PLEASE !!! :D

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:30 PM
Here are the guns i got :D

Lefever nitro special 16ga (1935-1947) no serial number
http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/ub3rphoto/WTF_1213.jpg

Remington model 31 pump action 12ga #11329
http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/ub3rphoto/WTF_1212.jpg

Browning 16ga semi auto A5 (1935 w/original paperwork)
http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/ub3rphoto/WTF_1210.jpg

Savage arms .22 bolt action
http://i953.photobucket.com/albums/ae15/ub3rphoto/WTF_1209.jpg

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:30 PM
The Sears shotshells are quite old and the blackening near the base concerns me a bit, are they reloads? Those are the ones I would be cautious about but from what I can see in the picture (a picture doesn't tell the whole story). If you are really concerned take them into a reputable gun store or gunsmith and have them look at both the firearms and the shells. If ok, enjoy!

The black ring is just from the older powder !! They should be fine to shoot ... but again I probably won't shoot'em because of their vintage !!!

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:31 PM
The UMC box looks pretty old certainly more than 5-7 years. Hard to tell from a picture but old ammo usually just goes bang...or not. The corrosion is of little concern to me, would try them if the firearm is is good condition (me).

The Remington 257 Roberts also looks a bit older than the stated 5-7 years, same strategy.

The Sears shotshells are quite old and the blackening near the base concerns me a bit, are they reloads? Those are the ones I would be cautious about but from what I can see in the picture (a picture doesn't tell the whole story). If you are really concerned take them into a reputable gun store or gunsmith and have them look at both the firearms and the shells. If ok, enjoy!

well the only thing i have guns for is the 16ga and 12ga. the 257 and 250 i have no idea what they even came from.

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:32 PM
on the lefever, i really want to replace the buttstock pad because its old and crumbly.

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:37 PM
ok so on the remington 31 i found out the serial number means the date ... so im assuming its from 1939?

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:39 PM
$500 Lefever Nitro, It doesn't look like a higher grade gun.
$300 Remington 31, ^ ditto.
$1000 Browning A5, Nicer A5s are going to have interests and yours look pretty good from this angle.
$200 Savage 22, I don't know if this is an old Anschutz, I am not too familar with them but my guess would be yes

These are just estimates from ME, don't bank your budget on MY estimates ... :D

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:44 PM
well it definetly look as if the remington 31 has been used, but the browning literally has no rust, scratches or anything on it. savage i dont care about but what was amazing is that the scope was still zeroed lol.

*edit and i dont plan on selling any of them...im just curious on pricing

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:46 PM
on the lefever, i really want to replace the buttstock pad because its old and crumbly.

There are period correct replacement pads you can put on this old gal !!!

http://www.csmcspecials.com/product_p/pp028.htm

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:47 PM
*edit and i dont plan on selling any of them...im just curious on pricing

Good plan !!! The next generation will appreciate it ... :D

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:47 PM
AWESOME! thank you!

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:49 PM
Just give tham all a good scrub down and oil them. Be very careful with the wood and oil, at this age the wood can get soggy from the oil !! And then they will be no good ...

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:51 PM
this is the best week ever, i just finished my AR-15 just awaiting for my new eotech to be in the mail and now these....man i have the biggest smile ever. Now i get to go shoot in about an hour!

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:52 PM
this is the best week ever, i just finished my AR-15 just awaiting for my new eotech to be in the mail and now these....man i have the biggest smile ever. Now i get to go shoot in about an hour!

HAVE FUN !!!! :D

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:52 PM
The #4 shot in the 16ga are not allowed in most shotgun target range, if you choose to shoot them. Big 5 or BassPro sells the 16ga ammo for like $7-8 per box, and Walmart sells everything else you need.

why arent 16ga allowed at most ranges?

bjl333
08-07-2010, 3:53 PM
why arent 16ga allowed at most ranges?

The 16ga are allowed, its the #4 shot size in the ammo thats not allowed.

EDIT: They only allow 7 1/2, 8, 9 shot sizes.

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:55 PM
excuse my ignorance but, ive never owned a 16ga....whats the difference? I usually shoot 12ga out of my nova...like sport loads from wallyworld or sometimes buckshots.

Ub3rDorK
08-07-2010, 3:57 PM
oh i get it...thanks

gotta love wikipedia

bjl333
08-07-2010, 4:00 PM
16ga used to be very popular, it is between the 12 and 20ga. A lot of older guns are chamber in 16ga, the old saying is "light as a 20, hits like a 12" The standard 16ga load is a 1oz shot load.

The modern gauge goes as follows: 10, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 36 ga. The 24ga is not popular at all and the 36ga is a 410 bore that we all know. I think there used to be a 32ga also as well as a 8ga, 6ga, 4ga, but those are dinos.

audiopro74
08-07-2010, 11:48 PM
You can go ahead and ship me all that 257. I'll make good use of it for ya :-)
You are a lucky man. Got a nice little collection all in one shot. Have fun with them.