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Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:27 pm
by somo_setters
I posted some pics of this gun earlier in the year. The gun is Serial #3 and is a two barrel set, and built as an ultralight (per notes on the card, to be built as light as possible).

Unfortunately, the stock and forend of barrel set #1 are pretty much toast so I chose to replace the wood on the original gun. It will be done in the spirit of the original, same checkering and shape, but made to my dimensions. The receiver is in good shape (30-40% color) and will remain as I found it.

We are now finished with inletting and shaping, so on to checkering and finish. Attached are a few pics of the gun as found, along with some of the current restoration.

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Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 2:48 pm
by fox-admin
Nice, good luck with the restoration. Craig

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:14 pm
by Jim Cloninger
Wow, # 3! That is something. What are the lengths of the barrels? Jim

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 3:26 pm
by somo_setters
Jim: Both sets are 28", 3 weight barrels.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2018 5:57 pm
by Jeff S
That's going to be a sweet 20 ga.!

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Tue Dec 25, 2018 6:43 pm
by vaturkey
Love it.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2018 9:13 pm
by Foxnut
Keep us updated and post pics as the restoration moves forward. Glad she will get a second chance! That is a special 20 gauge!

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 12:21 pm
by somo_setters
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Replaced stock and forend #1 are nearing completion. Note the checkering pattern, which is original to the gun. From my research there was quite a bit of variation in checking patterns in the early small bores.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:17 pm
by larrys
Very nice gun, when you have it finished come down to Wausau and give it a test drive. Lots of sxs guys and Fox folks there.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 6:26 pm
by vaturkey
Curious. Some early CE grades had the ebony tip and some didn't. How about your two foreends?

PS. Looks absolutely super.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:51 am
by somo_setters
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This gun did not have ebony inserts. This pic is of barrel set #2 (refurbishing this forend).

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:28 pm
by somo_setters
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Here are the two completed forends. Top is the original, barrel set #2, restored. Bottom is the newly built forend for barrel set #1. I thought they matched well. Excited to get it in my hands.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:53 pm
by Researcher
Except for 200002 which now sports a Deeley style forearm with the black tip, the other early CE-Grade 20-gauge guns I've saved pictures of are all without a black tip --

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This one has the "other" style ejectors and hence no escutcheon.

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Can anyone add some more to this inventory? The next CE-grade 20-gauge I have pictures of is in the 202xxx range.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 5:53 am
by Folson
This ejectors style is pretty rare, isn't it? It looks amazing.

Re: Early 20 bore CE Straight Grip - Restoration Update

PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2019 10:23 am
by somo_setters
Project is complete. Very pleased with the restoration.

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