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Ever have a gun you sold and you later regretted doing so? Here’s mine. Today I got it back after selling it 20 years or more ago to a buddy. I traded him out of it after years of semi-begging for it. I bought the gun over 30 years ago from Thad Scott. At the time, I paid too much for it--$800. Serial #500691 made in 1939. NID 10 gauge, chambered for 3.5” shells. Field grade with ejectors. I used it for turkeys but got tired of carrying it around. So did my buddy. I’d call it a safe queen, but it was more of a gorilla than a queen. I’m happy to get it back. The Prodigal gun returns with its hairline stock crack and non-factory pad. 'Tis a brute with its 32" barrels.





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Wow - awesome. I love those big 10s. Congrats on getting her back.

Not to be a jerk, but is the stippling on the bottom of the lug original?

Have a great season.

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Great gun! I have wanted one of those since I was a kid reading Elmer Keith and his Lubaloy #3's.

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Congratulations on getting the gun back. I have one that I like using on Canada goose and Swan, when I draw a permit.
mine has Stippling on the bottom of the lug also.

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Nice wood for a Field Grade. Why not replace that pad with a reproduction Sunburst?

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Agree with Larry...its a nice gun ... and that ol badly fitted tripple magnum pachyderm pad needs to go.

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I have gone through a great many guns over the years and still wish I could find the 16 Sterlingworth I stupidly traded away.


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There are a few things I want done to the gun. Have the stock glass bedded to stabilize the crack and replace the pad with the repro pad. Someone years ago went inside and buggered up screw slots. He must have used a tire tool or butter knife; I'd like to get those cleaned up. It always amused me why it was ordered with ejectors as if someone felt the need/urge to fire the brute rapidly. In the trade, I got back my old Mec Sizemaster and 10 lbs. of lead #3's and several pounds of Italian nickle-plated BB's. I haven't seen true #3's available in decades. I had a handloaded 2.5 oz. load of #3's that was devastating on both ends of the gun. I feel like I've found a long lost child getting this gun back. Gil

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Been meaning to follow up on the stock repairs by Mark Larson on my 10. The head of the stock had small cracks on each side where wood fits against the metal. I sent it off to Mark early November to stabilize fissures and glass bed the stock. There was more damage than expected. Mark shaved the triangular shaped side panels down about 1/8" and added walnut veneer panels and blended them in to strengthen the head. We first tried the sunburst reproduction pad, but it was too small and didn't look right. We settled on the period pad replacement. The gun was ready by mid December but I had to stop him from shipping it as we were out of country Christmas. This is the second stock repair I've had Mark do in the last two years and I couldn't be more pleased.

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really nice workmanship

next pic is expected to be with it laid over a brace of geese

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