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Pawn Shop Find!

Post by Bandersnatch » Mon Nov 02, 2015 7:51 pm

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Found this in a skanky little pawn shop in darkest Lower Alabama today! No, not the Winchester, or the Henry clone....

I'll post pics as soon as possible....
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by Hardrada55 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:19 pm

Yeowww! Nice find. What caliber and.....how much?
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Post by Bandersnatch » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:12 am

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The bolt wouldn't lock to the rear and the rifle was full of gunk. It had been repaired in 1949 and the barrel jacket is much newer than the rest of the gun. Look at that itty bitty hole in the muzzle! :)
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Broken firing pin. Fortunately, I have a spare.
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Getting a bath.

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Post by Bandersnatch » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:18 am

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The barrel jacket looks new as does the recoil spring and buffer spring. The barrel was dirty but the rifling is sharp and strong and shiny.

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The wood was refinished at some point.
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Post by Bandersnatch » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:21 am

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The new lady with her friends. :)

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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by Adam Lee » Tue Nov 03, 2015 6:40 am

I'll be the first to say it: nice score on an early .25!!

And I'll bet the pawn shop price was very fair....!
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by 81police » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:34 am

Adam Lee wrote:I'll be the first to say it: nice score on an early .25!!
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Adam took the words out of my mouth. What a find! I can only imagine what your faced looked like the instant you saw that springpole on the wall :shock: :shock: :o :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by rem81auto » Tue Nov 03, 2015 7:44 am

Nice find. Congrats

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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by Bandersnatch » Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:53 pm

Thank you, gentlemen, and it was quite a shock, I can tell you, to see the old pogo stick on the wall. "The rest of the story" is that the pawn shop owner, while a nice man himself, was not the owner of the rifle. His employee of many years collects and sells antique guns of all kinds and had bought this Mod 8 several year ago and didn't even know what it was! He thought it was some kind of shotgun at first and then saw it was a rifle but never knew what ammo it used or even the model number. I showed him how it worked and that it needed repair (by myself, of course) and he accepted my counter offer. His initial price was in line with which most people think they can get for one of these on GB. My offer was more in line with what they actually sell for and, while I'm sure he made money, we were both rather pleased with ourselves. I'll be having peanut butter and ramen soup for the rest of the month, but no matter: I have a .25! And she works now!

The nice pawn operator also has a nifty model 14 in .30 on the wall. Might have to see him about it next month....
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by 81police » Wed Nov 04, 2015 7:31 am

love stories like this!
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by Bandersnatch » Wed Nov 04, 2015 11:20 am

These guns are exceedingly rare here in the Southeast. This is only the third one I've ever seen in the wild and it's the second one I bought over the counter, the first being my 81 which I found at a gun show. I passed up an 8 at another pawn shop a couple of years ago because it had obvious mechanical issues and the guy wanted too much for it. Of course, the guy sold it two days later. I still kind of kick myself for letting that one go.

But these guns never really sold in the South, probably because the region was so poor, particularly after the civil war. Mostly Winchester, Marlin and cheap sporterized military rifles were used. So, to see an 8 running loose around here is a real treat.
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by olskool » Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:29 am

Imagenice find! here is mine i found one day in a little shop. it is also in 25, it did a number on this coon, those 85 gr. noslers bt. is bad to the bone!
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by Bandersnatch » Sat Nov 14, 2015 7:12 pm

olskool wrote:nice find! here is mine i found one day in a little shop. it is also in 25, it did a number on this coon, those 85 gr. noslers bt. is bad to the bone!

It sure did! I've got a little ammo coming in, and I've got some cases I can neck down, so it's going to be a little while before I can make this thing say "bang". Hopefully, I can knock down a few varmints after deer season.
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by olskool » Wed Nov 18, 2015 5:10 am

i use imr 3031 behind that nosler, it shoots better than i can. i just run 30 rem. brass through the 25 rem. die. at first i had no 25 rem. dies so i necked the brass with a 250-3000 die, it worked perfect until i found a nos set of bair dies on ebay. every now and then you may lose a piece of brass due to stress from sizing down the necks, it's a small price to pay to be able to shot a part of history......
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by curdog » Wed Nov 18, 2015 6:00 pm

Olskool - if you'll run the 30 case up in to 7X57 or 7mm08 die first, and just start a little of the neck, it will eliminate your case losses. Works for me.

I always anneal 'em afterwards, too.

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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by Bandersnatch » Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:09 am

Oh, I found a boatload of brass at Buffalo Bore. :)
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Re: Pawn Shop Find!

Post by olskool » Mon Jan 18, 2016 10:48 am

next time i will try that with the brass, thanks....
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