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char 12-16-2010 09:50 PM

Need help with old shotgun

My grandfather recently gave me his J.C. Higgins model 20 12 gauge, and I have a few questions. I am extremely inexperienced with guns. I am learning on .22's under proper instruction, but I feel the need to interact with the guns I already have in order to increase my familiarity.

My question is, how well do I need to clean this shotgun? It was manufactured in the early sixties, and my grandfather used it frequently (and maintained it properly) up until around ~1990. This gun has not been fired in at least 20 years. Cycling it feels smooth, and I don't notice any significant patches of rust or grime. How would you proceed? What level of cleaning/deconstruction does this gun need? My buddy who is in the military and has been around guns his entire life is coming down on Sunday to help me clean it and the revolvers. Anything specific I need to know based on its appearance? Thanks in advance.

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TheMrMitch 12-17-2010 04:03 AM

Won't be much of a job if it was as you say kept clean in the past.
Look her over and shoot it.

JTJ 12-17-2010 01:20 PM

i have a model 20 and it was built for Sears by High Standard. It is a very slick gun to operate with its single action bar. You will probably have to replace the recoil pad. If it was well maintained, you should have no problems. You should clean it and re-oil it. I dont shoot any 2 3/4" mag loads in mine. There are plenty of good standard 2 3/4" loads out there.

M14sRock 12-18-2010 04:49 AM

You have one of the best pump guns ever made. I have two right now and am always looking for more. Ha.

They are fast, well made, all forged steel.

c3shooter 12-19-2010 02:14 AM

As the man said, High Standard Flite King. Good shotguns. To clean, CLEAR the shotgun. Schematic for you-

You can use a mop/brush solvent on the barrel. Removing #72 (looks like a screw) will allow you to remove trigger group. DO NOT TAKE THAT APART UNLESS YOU HAVE LARGE ASSORTMENT OF PROFANITY. Use spray gunscrubber to flush out dirt, let dry, oil lightly, replace.

The pumps require minimal maintenance. Wipe outside down with a lightly oiled rag, drop of oil on action bar.

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