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Originally Posted by HomelessjOe
Im sure they do....an occasional plink and a few photo ops.

What do you think the intended service life of a gun is ?

I think it is fair to say I spend plenty of time afield each year. Last fall I spent about 60 days hunting. My vintage guns performed flawlessly as usual.

Intended working life of a gun? Many generations when well maintained, the H&H pictured above is approaching 100 years old and the Wm. Moore rifle is close to 200 years old.


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Thank you Stephen and everyone who contributed to this discussion. Would anyone have a list of smiths who know Grant guns? I have much to consider I still wonder why I've not had this problem when operating this firearm. I have shot this gun several thousands of times in the years I have owned it. I shot about 150 shells after my Nephew experienced he problem and it seemed to work just as before for me.

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You are opening the gun fully on every cycle where your nephew was not, he was opening it far enough to eject but not enough to cock the tumblers. Start here when looking for qualified smiths:

https://www.acgg.org/index.php/membership/find-a-member.html


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Sounds like pilot error !!!

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Originally Posted by Imperdix
Sounds like pilot error !!!

Nope, sounds like faulty timing.


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I have several guns over 100 years that never give me a problem the one gun I have had the longest is a 1926 lc smith fw ejector and it was the only shotgun I had for 20 years I cleaned it and took care of it and had no problems my favorite is a scott
Monte Carlo b 30 in.ne1892 mfg.if maintained property give great service

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Originally Posted by Eric 375
Thank you Stephen and everyone who contributed to this discussion. Would anyone have a list of smiths who know Grant guns? I have much to consider I still wonder why I've not had this problem when operating this firearm. I have shot this gun several thousands of times in the years I have owned it. I shot about 150 shells after my Nephew experienced he problem and it seemed to work just as before for me.

Eric;

There is a gunsmith across the lake from you near Traverse City, MI by the name of Delbert Whitman who has an excellent reputation and as a matter of fact he authored a article in the latest Sep/Oct 2021 issue of Shooting Sportsman magazine. If I were you I would give him a call and see when he could repair your Grant. Do not be concerned about the Grant being difficult to repair, which it is not. I personally know of work that Whitman has done and his reputation is spotless. Take the ferry across Lake Michigan and visit with Whitman and see for yourself about him.

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Eric;

I thought I would add some information for you concerning the failure of your Grant SLE gun to fully cock the tumbler/hammer. In my experience, the more likely cause of this issue is that the cocking levers pivot pin/screw is worn or the cocking lever pivot hole is worn (both hole and pin are likely worn combined).

Stephen Howell

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