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Originally Posted By: HomelessjOe
Weren't Sterlingworths the ones that were kinda prone to the receivers cracking...
I’ve never heard that about a Fox shotgun, Sterlingworth or high grade. Maybe jOe is thinking about the 20 ga Ithaca Flues which were prone to cracking??


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I think I recall seeing a few on here that the receivers had cracked.

Keith would know.

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Any reservations about using a LeFever as a shooter? There is one a few hours from me that I'm considering going take a look at.

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Seems like you already got it figured out Sticker.

Go with the Fox Sterlingworth, a great, well built and very reliable double.

Elsies, are very nice but be careful as you no doubt researched, they are very prone to getting cracks behind the lock plates. I have 2, my Granddad's 12Ga. and 20Ga. FW. The 12Ga. still has the original stock with no cracks and the I had the 20 restocked to fit me. It did have a crack in the original stock. I suspect if you are going to use your own reloads, and Elsie with good wood would hold up well to low pressure reloads. I feed mine a seedy diet of RSTs with no issues. If you could find a 12GA FW, Elise that would fit the bill nicely weight wise, again depending on the wood.

Another option would be an Ithaca NID. On the heavy side, but built like a tank.

I hope you enjoy your new to you old american double.


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Originally Posted By: FISHSTICKER
Any reservations about using a LeFever as a shooter? There is one a few hours from me that I'm considering going take a look at.


If you mean an Ithaca/Lefever Nitro Special, that's a good inexpensive one. I suggest the A Grade model. The real Lefevers are ALL antiques. Great guns, but if you break it you'll probably have to buy another one..Geo

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Geo, so the lefever would be more difficult to find parts / repair .

NCA225, I found a Sterlingworth in Canada. Anyone have experience with having one shipped into the US? How complicated is it to have one imported to your FFL?

Thanks guys for the great insight. This is what I was looking for.
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No-Joe- that was the Ithaca Flues designs-- But the best double for the $ today is a Ithaca NID- I bought one (Grade 2E 12-30" DT from Brad Bachelder 6 years ago-love it-foolproof- Brad told me the action, frame,trigger(s) were of the same quality as a M21- and I do own a M21 as well. I'd stay away from Parkers, L.C. Smiths, but the Ithaca made Lefever box locks are good guns. Double triggers and std extractors are also best for your entry level double- and make sure the stock dims fit your size. RWTF


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Ed, a reloader and a Sterlingworth: you're in like Flynn.

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well, thanks king...nice to hear from you...hoping you will contenya...your entertaining wisdom, experience and style is missed here...


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