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Hoping to learn something about Darne shotgun. How rare is a 24 gauge. It is marked Halifax on the top pull levers. I am assuming this is the model.
Stock has not been cut and is still curved but a pad is installed. With the pad removed it will have a little over 14” LOP. Where might I find a buttplate?
Very nice wood but pretty plain engraving.

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I'm no expert on Darnes except to say I have an R10 in 12 gauge and love it.
Ted will hopefully be along shortly to give you some info on your 24 gauge.

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24 gauge is more common in Europe than it is in the US. It is scarce to rare in the US. I'd love to have one. Gil
P.S. call Larry at http://www.dutchmanwoodworks.com/ for a buttplate.

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When talking Darne guns, 24 was rare in Europe, too. I asked Hervé Bruchet, 20 years ago, if they still built 24 gauge guns, and he answered, "Yea, but, I don't know why. Nobody buys them. I don't know why they would".
And so it goes. You have not lucked into a winning lottery ticket, just the lowest grade Darne R model gun, with brazed barrels instead of monoblock barrels, in a gauge that is hard to feed. Not impossible, mind you, but, you will have to really want to shoot it, in order to do so. Most of the 24 gauge Darnes I have seen were 2 1/2" chamber guns, as well. The barrel flats will be marked 6.5 or 65 if that is the case.
There was, at one time, a specific "Halifax" buttplate. Older guns often had horn that had lines cut in it (my Halifax is so equipped). The Dutchman buttplate is a reproduction of the typical R model buttplate, and would be perfectly usable, in addition to being made of stable ureathane, instead of the organic horsey hoof plastic the original was, which, is not stable, and tends to shrink and/or crack.
The screws would have been lightly engraved, with a thin slot (NOT phillips head) and skillfully aligned up and down.
Pictures would be good, especially a clear one of the flats of the barrels. You can email them to me, and I will post them here for all to enjoy or to be scornful of.
I like to think that the scornful wouldn't know what to do with a tray of broiled butter and garlic escargots, fresh off the grille, while Brigitte Bardot was sitting next to them, with a big jug of Fischer Alsace in her hand.
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There was a 24 gauge Darne on naturabuy sometime ago and it was in fine shape at a finer price. If I were to have one it would be a gun to handload for and RMC brass hulls would be my choice. Wads are available at Ballistic Products. It would make a nice woodcock gun and no one would try to borrow shells from you. wink Last year someone was selling 24 gauge barrels for a Beretta 686 O/U that would fit the 20 gauge action. I was sorely tempted....Gil

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We shoot a Fausti 24 gauge over under.
Fun gun if you reload, the factory ammo is a
bit wimpy.
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Ted a few pictures sent more to follow tomorrow.

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Got a few:





We have a Halifax with a conventional R model safety, decent wood and case colors, and a SWEEEEEET white line pad of some sort. I'm not positive why one needs a pad on a 24 gauge, but, someone did it.
We have guys here (skeettx comes to mind) who would be out in the garage turning bullets to produce ammunition for some strange WW! sporter that never got popular, that he is thrilled to own. At the other end are guys like me, who prefer to have guns they can feed off the shelf from Wal Mart. The clearance shelf, preferably.
If you have a new gun, I'm happy for you, and I hope you enjoy it. But, TALK of 24 or, 18, or, for that matter, 14 gauge, is about as close as I will ever get. 16 gauge is getting weird enough.
More pics to come, after the legal legwork from the OP's home state is completed.



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How true, how true, love to bring the neglected firearms back into use. If they could only talk smile
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Thanks for the feedback. Found some 24 gauge shells not as hard to find as i thought they might be. $10.00 to $14.00 per box.
Looking forward to shooting it.

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