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Sugar Creek
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2011 3:25 pm    Post subject: Ft. Worth Cabela's Reply with quote

My grandson was looking at a DE grade in the Ft. Worth Cabela's. It has 26 inch damascus barrels and cylinder/cylinder chokes. I wonder if the barrels had been cut. Also the picture showed what looked like a refinished receiver. The serial number is in the 17000 range according to my grandson. Has anyone in the Ft. Worth area seen this gun?
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sidebyside16
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 25, 2011 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sugar Creek,

Original 26" barrels are a scarce item on a Lefever. Considering the vintage and the fact they are cyl./cyl., it becomes even more improbable that these barrels have not been trimmed. The majority of guns from this era were choked tightly by todays' standards, and the knee jerk reaction often is to cut the barrels or ream the chokes. Most of the time, you can tell by looking closely at the muzzles. The barrels should be touching together with no gap or bridge of solder between them. Sometimes you may see signs of a hacksaw cut or file marks. The muzzles may not be perfectly square. You may be able to tell that the sight bead has been relocated.

Unfortunately, cut barrels can be touching at the muzzles and the work can be neatly done without any evidence of desecration. Even if you really wanted a gun with zero choke, I would only pay a very discounted price that reflected cut barrels unless Cabelas could somehow prove that this gun was made with unchoked 26" tubes. Without the original invoice or hang tag, that would be almost impossible. Cut barrels would seriously degrade the value of this gun.

You somehow got this post in the photos section and that is probably why no one else has answered your query.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 26, 2011 8:35 am    Post subject: cABELAS de Reply with quote

I asked this question a few months agao and received this response from a member who has looked at the gun:

The DE at Cabela's does have cut bbls, it also has a shortened stock with a replaced butt pad. I was told that it did appear to have been refinished and the dogs head, on the forearm, had been removed and some sort of filler put in its place with a screw. I can say that the engraving was crisp.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I happened to be in fort Worth last week and I think this old gin is still there. Now it lacks a for end (not related to me looking for a for end in the buy/sell page, as that's for an h grade I picked up). I asked where the for end was. The guy said a customer had dropped it. Ouch. Anyway, it still sits 2 yes after this post. Poor old thing.
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