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Shotgun Smith Recommendations

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Post by Iunnrais » Thu May 16, 2019 11:39 am

Hi folks,

I brought home the family shotgun recently. It’s just an old Stevens pump so worth more sentimentally than financially. That said, it’s about 90 years old and spent most of those years out on the farm and so could use a good bit of TLC on the finish and furniture.


Do y’all have any recommendations for a good gunsmith to Go over it, refinish and make it good for another 90 years of family service?

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Post by AndyC » Thu May 16, 2019 11:41 am

In Houston - Briley. They did the screw-in chokes for my O/U and did an outstanding job.
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Post by Iunnrais » Thu May 16, 2019 11:44 am

Yep, in Houston:)
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Post by joe817 » Thu May 16, 2019 1:37 pm

The Stevens model 520 is a joy to hold. It has a great take down feature and is light. I've had 2 of them although they weren't sporting shotguns. A beautiful shotgun. One of my favorites! :thumbs2:
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Post by berettadave » Thu May 16, 2019 2:46 pm

Might even try Larry Feland with Feland's gunsmithing.

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Post by Scott B. » Thu May 16, 2019 4:31 pm

Those are really the only two answers (Briley and Feland) for Houston that I give to customers asking about shotgun work. Be curious if anybody knows of a third?
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Post by puma guy » Thu May 16, 2019 4:52 pm

AndyC wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 11:41 am
In Houston - Briley. They did the screw-in chokes for my O/U and did an outstanding job.

:iagree: What Andy said, Briley!
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Post by Iunnrais » Fri May 17, 2019 2:15 pm

Dropped off the old girl this morning. Pricey :) could have picked up a new Browning on just the deposit.

We’ll see how it turns out later this year.

Clean & Inspect to start. Then bring the steel back to a satin polish & re-blue (slow rust). New stock (the one on it is incorrect and damaged). Strip the fore end. Clean up the checkering (and checker the new stock). Refinish the wood to high polish.

Should be better than new when completed and last a few more generations.
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Post by puma guy » Fri May 17, 2019 3:13 pm

Iunnrais wrote:
Fri May 17, 2019 2:15 pm
Dropped off the old girl this morning. Pricey :) could have picked up a new Browning on just the deposit.

We’ll see how it turns out later this year.

Clean & Inspect to start. Then bring the steel back to a satin polish & re-blue (slow rust). New stock (the one on it is incorrect and damaged). Strip the fore end. Clean up the checkering (and checker the new stock). Refinish the wood to high polish.

Should be better than new when completed and last a few more generations.
You did right by that old gal! Looking forward to seeing photos.
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Post by LTUME1978 » Fri May 17, 2019 5:04 pm

Ed Vanden Burg (south side of Houston) put screw in choke tubes on two 870 18 inch barrels for me and did a perfect job. He has also done trigger work on my 1911s and it was superb. Might want to talk to him as well. He has a web site.


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Post by MaduroBU » Fri May 17, 2019 5:32 pm

Feland is exceptional, but he may be more than what you need.

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