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Old 10-08-2016, 03:34 AM
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i have a shotgun given to me by my uncle close to 20 years ago. was brand new and i only put less then 10 rounds through it shooting skeet at friends house. has been stored since in case.would like to use again to shoot skeet but not sure if its ok to fire after sitting that long without cleaning. should this be gone over by gun smith before using or ok as is?
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Check the barrel for obstructions, and clean it. Good to go
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I have a couple Model 12 Winchesters that sat around a very long time and shot them without a problem. These are pump guns. A pump gun, double barrel or over/under should not be an issue. An automatic might be different because of all the moving parts. Still doubt it would be a safety issue. Any shotgun will give you a problem if the barrel is blocked. I'd be sure the barrel is clear, use a low brass round and shoot it from the hip for the first round.
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Old 10-08-2016, 04:42 AM
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its a Remington 11-87. wont be using it for a couple weeks so maybe ill take it to the local range and have 1 of the instructors look at it. used to shoot on regular basis but got away from it. got this gun when i thought i was going to do this more often but a couple of the guys stopped then so did i so gun has been sitting
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Safety first. If you're not comfortable with the weapon bring it to a gun smith to be broken down cleaned and lubed.....Good to go!
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ammo goes bad over time,,,clean & tiny tiny bit of lube,,,go thru the motions a few times,,,here the click,,,load a round and squeeze one off
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check barrell

maybe shoot some rem oil or plb brake free around the action

it will be just fine
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1st off when properly stored ammo has an almost indefinite shelf life and storage is nothing more than being kept in a clean, dry and temp controlled location such as INSIDE the house... I've some ammo purchased nearest to 30 years and it still goes just as expected...

2ndly if the gun was kept inside under the same or better storage location as described above and had not accumulated huge gooey dust bunnies in the action it too will be good to go...
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Spray a couple of shots of lube into the gas vents at the top front of the forend, give it a wipe down, and as others have said, let her rip.
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Originally Posted by teecro View Post
1st off when properly stored ammo has an almost indefinite shelf life and storage is nothing more than being kept in a clean, dry and temp controlled location such as INSIDE the house... I've some ammo purchased nearest to 30 years and it still goes just as expected...

2ndly if the gun was kept inside under the same or better storage location as described above and had not accumulated huge gooey dust bunnies in the action it too will be good to go...
This and I have ammo 50 + years shoots perfect.I would make sure no obstructions action functions clean and oil .
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The O-ring will likely be dried out. The gun will fire, but may not cycle properly. Not an unsafe condition, but annoying. Clean it, replace O-rig, and you're good to go. (I get 3-4 seasons out of mine before it needs replaced)


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Originally Posted by Sneaky Snooker View Post
Check the barrel for obstructions, and clean it. Good to go


If it was sitting around for 50-75 years, then yes, have a gunsmith take a look. Ten years? Not a problem.
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Two things you can not wear out. Shotgun is one of them. You can guess the rest.
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Originally Posted by golfnut View Post
Two things you can not wear out. Shotgun is one of them. You can guess the rest.
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If you're not qualified to check out the shotgun before firing it I would highly recommend taking it to a gunsmith.
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Originally Posted by total mayhem View Post
its a Remington 11-87. wont be using it for a couple weeks so maybe ill take it to the local range and have 1 of the instructors look at it. used to shoot on regular basis but got away from it. got this gun when i thought i was going to do this more often but a couple of the guys stopped then so did i so gun has been sitting
There are several you-tube tutorials that will show you exactly how to take down an 11-87 clean it and put it back together.

Do it.

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Originally Posted by classic25 View Post
the o-ring will likely be dried out. The gun will fire, but may not cycle properly. Not an unsafe condition, but annoying. Clean it, replace o-rig, and you're good to go. (i get 3-4 seasons out of mine before it needs replaced)


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