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I've just acquired a I-J Champion, single shot shotgun. It's a .16 ga in good condition. I-J is not well collected, but there sure must be thousands of them out there. A little internet work finds that they were made between 1909-1956, .12-.20-.16 ga. I want to shoot this one as it has been used in the field already. I've also learned that the .16 ga. was not standardized on length until the 20's-30's. This one also has serial LETTERS, so it must be of the older issue. Does anyone know of similar copies as to wether it is standard .16 ga. length. If not I intend to have my gunsmith ream it to length. I have not picked it up yet, still waiting my ten days here in the Republic of Kali-fornia. Any additional information would be appreciated.
 

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I have my Grandad`s Iver Johnson in 20 gauge. It is still tight as a Drum. Ejectors work and It will still kill Grouse!! I have no idea the year it was made? . My Grandad passed away in 1956 and I remember my Uncle saying that his Dad had the Gun when he was a kid!!
 

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I still have my I J 410 the bluing is gone and the wood has been repaired a few times but it still locks up tight and the bore is slick and shiny. I got it used when I was 10 and have no idea how old it is. I killed a lot of bushy tails ,rabbits and time with it. They are wonderful old guns from simpler times.

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It's probity ok but have your chamber checked for length. there's alot of "short" chambers out there, alot of 16 were 2 1/2 " shells and when fired are shorter the 2 3/4". I've seen this in 2 L C Smith sxs of a friend. I would have it check can't hurt.

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