Remington Model 48

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by CA357, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I was at the gun shop to swap out scopes on my Eddystone and of course I looked at a bunch of firearms.

    I saw a Remington Model 48 Mohawk 12 ga. in stainless steel. It was priced at $349. I just couldn't help myself, I got it for $269. and put it on layaway. I'll pick it up before Christmas. :D

    It was a full choke, but someone shot steel through it, so now it's more of a modified choke. I didn't measure it, but it's either a 28" or 30" barrel.

    It's a handsome shotgun and I hope to use it in Oregon for birds someday. :)

    Did I do good and what can you tell me about it? All I know is that it pre-dates the 1100.

    Edit: I posted that it's a Sportsman, I was wrong, it's a Mohawk 48.
     
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  2. Jusselin

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    :drool: .......
     

  3. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    'Zactly...:D

    Sometimes I get dazzled by shiny objects. ;)
     
  4. BillM

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    Sportsman 48. Looks kind of like a 1100, but is not gas operated. Works
    on the long recoil principle, like a Mdl 11 or Browning Auto 5. I've got
    one in 16 ga, modified choke. Nice guns.

    That said, are you SURE it's stainless? I've never even heard of a
    Sportsman 48 in stainless. Heck--I've never even seen a nickle
    plated 48. Does it say stainless on it anywhere? Does a magnet
    stick to it (not a surefire test for stainless, some alloys are magnetic).

    If you do indeed have a stainless Sportsman 48, see if you can get a factory
    letter on it from Remington. It is not a common gun. Heck--if it's factory
    nickle plated it's pretty unusual.

    However---if some bubba had it plated/chromed or whatever, then your
    $269 price is maybe a wee bit more than it might be worth on the open
    market.
     
  5. CA357

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    Thanks Bill. I'll post pics as soon as I get it home. I don't think it's nickle, but I've been wrong before. It sure looks like stainless.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I screwed up big time. It's a Mohawk 48! :rolleyes:
     
  7. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Nah---you didn't screw up much.

    Sportsman 48, 11-48, Mohawk 48, all pretty much the same shotgun.

    Same long recoil action. Sportsman 48 could only hold 2 shells in the
    magazine. Remington knocked a couple of dents in the mag tube to
    limit it.

    No idea where they came up with "Mohawk"---some marketing dweeb
    probably thought indian names would sell guns. They really got that theme
    in gear with the nylon 66 22 rifles.

    Sportsman, 11-48 or Mohawk, I've still never seen a stainless one. I do
    find a listing to a Mohawk 48 made in 1970-74 on the Remington website.
    Kind of odd--the 1100 came out in 1963. Maybe one of those?
    It's not in my Guntraders Guide, so I'm not sure if they made a stainless
    one or not.
     
  8. CA357

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    I'll definitely post pics as soon as I can. I didn't realize it's recoil operated, but I don't know what I was thinking, I just thought it was a pretty good deal and a pretty handsome shotgun.

    As far as I can tell, it only holds three shells, but I don't plan on going to war with it. I came up with the '70-'74 manufacture dates too.
     
  9. robocop10mm

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    Could have been something marketed with the chromed out Nylon 66. I believe they called that one a Mohawk. Probably bright chromed. Good solid guns. Being long stroke recoil operated they kick a bit harder than a gas gun. My uncle had the model 48 humpback that was virtually the same as the Browning A-5, displayed Browning patents on the barrel. It was a license copy. They later refined the receiver profile and eliminated the hump.
     
  10. BillM

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    Maybe. Remington had a real "indian" theme going with the Nylon 66.

    66MB Mohawk Brown
    66SG Seneca Green
    66AB Apache Black (this was the chrome one)

    Wouldn't surprise me at all if they did a chrome finish Mohawk 48
    shotgun. Never seen one, but that sure doesn't mean it doesn't
    exist. Or it could be stainless--heck, I wasn't even aware that
    Remington resurrected the old 11-48 design and made them from
    1970-1974! Was it an "economy grade" thing? Looks kind of
    like the 1100 but cheaper? One last run before they sold off
    the tooling?
     
  11. CA357

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    I don't know much about it at all. I suppose it could be chrome, i just don't know.

    We've got a sick cat going to the vet tomorrow. Depending on what that sets us back, I may be able to pay it off on Friday. But then I have to wait 10 days before I can pick it up because of the stupid CA laws.

    I'll put pics up as soon as I get it home.
     
  12. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You are absolutely right Bill. The Apache was the chromed version. I guess the Apaches were the inner city bling tribe. If they named one after my ancestors (Blackfoot) it would be dirty, ill tempered and very deadly
     
  13. UnderFire

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    CA357,

    Congrats on the new to you shotgun!! :D
    Sounds like a real gem.
     
  14. CA357

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    Thanks UnderFire. I'm chompin' at the bit to get it home and get a decent look at it.
     
  15. CA357

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    I stopped by the shop to put some more money on it and got a better look. It could be chrome, it doesn't show a grain like stainless and it's definitely not nickle.
     
  16. canebrake

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    Patiently waiting for some eye candy. [​IMG]
     
  17. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Me too Cane, me too.
     
  18. magnum357

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    Remington 48

    Anyone know if this Remington 48 can easily be converted from 2+1 shells to 4+1 capacity?
    I understand it has a crimped tube to limit capacity to 2+1.
     
  19. buckhuntr

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    I have a Model 48 in 16 ga. :) It is recoil operated, and was made in the late 1950's to around 1960 or so. The Model 48 was replaced by the Model 58, which didn't last long before the 1100 came along. I'm typing this from memory, as it's been a couple of decades since I researched mine.
    I do know it is a very smooth handling quail and dove gun.