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Old 05-06-2019, 05:36 AM   #1
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Looking for old gun

Hello guys. My name is Payton and Im from Virginia. I was wondering if anybody knew a good place online or something that have old shotguns that need to be restored. I really like restoring guns and want a nice old shotgun. Thanks!


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Old 05-06-2019, 08:32 AM   #2
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I don't know of a site specifically for restoration projects. My suggestion is to try local gun and pawn shops
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Old 05-06-2019, 09:52 AM   #3
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paytonsimmons25,

WELCOME ABOARD.

Imo, it would be helpful if you told us what sort of firearm that you'd like to restore.

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Old 05-06-2019, 01:26 PM   #4
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As above, look in gun shops and especially pawn shops.
You can also buy them on internet auction sites like Gunbroker.com. but most will need to be shipped to an FFL Dealer to be legal.
And you can do yard sales and antique shows.

Depending on what you want the outcome to be, you shouldn't rework an old Damascus barreled shotgun because these are no longer safe to shoot.
If you want a nice looking wall hanger that's okay.
If you want a modern gun that "might be safe" to fire, look for a gun made after the early 1920's but be aware that even modern guns can be unsafe in many cases.
As example a brother of mine had a 1930's Remington double barrel blow out a barrel on him.

As for guns like pump or auto shotguns, these are usually safe but you have to know what to look for to get a safe gun.
Many guns needing to be restored are in very bad unsafe condition, or may have been damaged by home gunsmithing, which is why people often dump them.

If you want to come out with a safe to shoot gun, make sure it can be made safe before wasting money on it.
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Old 05-06-2019, 02:29 PM   #5
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Any kind of shotgun really. I enjoy working on any kind of gun. Preferably pump or o/u. Thanks for the responses!


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Old 05-06-2019, 02:35 PM   #6
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Payton, I attended a gun show this past Saturday that was chock-full of shotguns that needed restoring.

Let's pause for a moment to point something out: you should not "restore" guns that have historical or collector value. Doing so can greatly diminish their value. But that's actually a plus for someone in your position...you're looking for shotguns that are common, in good supply, and therefore cheap. And those guns are plentiful at gun shows.

You're in a state where gun shows should be fairly regular affairs. Google up a couple of good ones, stick a couple of hundred bucks in your pocket, go prepared to haggle, and score a gem. Best of luck and keep us posted.
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Back in the day thousands of cheap shotguns were made for various retailers like hardware stores, mail order, etc. There are a lot of those around and they are still cheap and usually not well cared for. Something like that should work well for you. What the other guys said is good advice, check gun shows and pawn shops, you might check local classified ads.
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Thank yall so much. Will keep you posted. Im gonna try some pawn shop and might even go to some gun shows. Appreciate it!


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Old 05-07-2019, 04:54 PM   #9
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You should have no trouble finding plenty of well used pump guns at any gun show or pawn shop.
Many of the older lower grade makers like Savage/Stevens, Mossberg, and High Standard usually don't cost a lot.
You'll pay a lot more for a Winchester, Remington, or Ithaca unless it's a total wreck.

Over and under guns... not so much.
These tend to be more expensive guns when new and people tend to take good care of them.
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