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Old 08-26-2013, 07:23 PM   #1
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Well the 10 day stupid period is over, and we picked up our first shotgun today. It's a J.C. Higgins model 583.25 distributed by Sears and Roebuck. It's a 20ga bolt action. Excellent condition, as you might be able to tell from the pictures. The action is buttery smooth. We paid $110 out the door, which includes taxes and whatnot. The shotgun itself cost $75. The choke is fully adjustable. Pretty neat.

It holds 5+1. Yes, I've already loaded it fully. I believe usually these models only hold 2+1, but I believe there's a dowel rod in the tube that prevents it from its full capacity. If that's true, a previous wonder removed mine. Not a bad thing at all. I was gonna do the same anyway.

Not sure when we can get to a range to test it out. It might be as long as a month, unfortunately. Oh well, for now we'll just admire it.


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Old 08-26-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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Very nice. I wish you years of enjoyment from it.

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Old 08-27-2013, 02:49 AM   #3
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Great find. Should be fun. Never really though about a bolt shotgun. except maybe an 8 or 10

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My 1st shotgun

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Then i convert to this..

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Great find. Should be fun. Never really though about a bolt shotgun. except maybe an 8 or 10
I never did either, but we were in the LGS a little while ago and saw it, saw the price, and made up our minds right then and there. I can't wait to shoot it.
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The plug that is in a shotgun limiting capacity to three rounds pertains to federal migratory laws. If you're hunting ducks or geese you can only have the three rounds in the gun. It must have the plug in it and it must be such that the plug can not be removed without dismantling the gun.

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The plug that is in a shotgun limiting capacity to three rounds pertains to federal migratory laws. If you're hunting ducks or geese you can only have the three rounds in the gun. It must have the plug in it and it must be such that the plug can not be removed without dismantling the gun.
Interesting. Thanks for the info. I'll have to do some research on my own about that, of course.
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Interesting. Thanks for the info. I'll have to do some research on my own about that, of course.

He's right. Here ya go:

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With a shotgun that can hold more than three shells, unless you plug it with a one-piece filler that cannot be removed without disassembling the gun.
(The latter two restrictions do not apply during light-goose-only seasons in certain authorized areas of the Central and Mississippi Flyways.)
Of course state laws vary. Those would be the ones to check if you plan to take it hunting. In my state as long as you're not duck hunting, no dowel rod is just fine.
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He's right. Here ya go:

http://www.fws.gov/le/waterfowl-hunting-and-baiting.html



Of course state laws vary. Those would be the ones to check if you plan to take it hunting. In my state as long as you're not duck hunting, no dowel rod is just fine.
you might want to refer to this. the federal migratory bird laws.

http://www.fws.gov/le/waterfowl-hunting-and-baiting.html
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