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#254605 12/02/11 11:52 PM
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Non-ejector, made about 1913 or so, steel barrels. The wood in the stock is very good, checkering is OK for an old gun. 30" barrels full/full.

I think it's a good gun, tight and on face. Got it at a VERY good price, and although it's heavy, it's a 2 frame, it's probably usable. I think it has 2 7/8 chambers.

Needs re-bluing.

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Duck, turkey, crow, and coyote killer! Any game that is more sittin' than humpin'! Enjoy.

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I don't hump! Too old! Wondering if I should get the right barrel bored to modified? What do you think? I'd not shoot steel in it, though the bores are perfect.

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Depnds on where you intend to use it. My VH was F/F and I opened it to IC/M for 95 per cent of my shooting over decoys.

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The first Parker I owned was (traded,stupid,another story) a VH 30" #2 Frame, full & full: I got it through a mail deal, and when it came, I thought "too much drop, too heavy, choked too tight, and why did I spend my money on this old thing?" Then, I took it hunting.
First bird I shot at, was a quail crossing toward me......stoned him. Next, and immediately after, another quail going the other direction. Same result. Every time I shot that "too many things wrong" gun, I hit the damn bird. Now, I AM a real short,fat, guy; probably built a lot like fellows a hundred years ago, so that may be part of the answer. But, for the past 25 years, there has never been a day without a Parker in the gun safe, and for birds, my "go to" gun. I still have a VH #2 frame, still choked "too tight" and will probably go on to wherever old hunters go with one close by.
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What impresses me is on a cheap Parker, and the VH was only a step above the Trojan, the wood is about as good as wood gets.

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Never a "cheap" Parker. Inexpensive! Mechanism as sturdy as higher grades.

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Hello Gene:

I got a neat old 16 ga. Parker VHE from 1914 about fifteen years ago for the right price ($600). It had very long pipes (32), double triggers, and was oddly choked, EF in the right barrel and F in the left, originally set up for Pacific coast waterfowl I was told. Wonderful figure in my stock as well.

I tried to get a Parker letter on it, and none was available for that serial #. There are some ragged holes in the Parker records apparently.

I hunt upland birds on the prairie usually over pointers. With this choking I had the actual experience of blowing the legs entirely off of tight holding birds or missing them entirely with the front trigger, so decided to do the easiest thing to make it more appropriate... open that right barrel to modified. It is still a bit too tight for some of the shots presented, but for these situations where the birds are sticking I'll often carry a few spreader loads. I'll also shoot a whole sporting clays course with spreaders. In no-tox settings like wetland pheasants I'll shoot factory tungstun-matrix, and have also starting loading ITX #2 and #4 for waterfowl as well, and so far most the patterns look very good.

I'd say, make this new gun work for your situations! That is the only thing that will keep these fine old guns busy afield.

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KING BROWN very good and correct point. jeff


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as the old timers say here in new england, hard to beat a pa ka!

but then there are the fox guys, the ithaca guys, even a few smith guys and of course the everything else guys...

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