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Old 08-01-2012, 07:52 PM
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Default J.C. Higgins Model 20 12 ga... opinions?



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from the limited Googling I've done so far the J C Higgins Sears line ran from 1908 to 1961 and was replaced by the Ted Williams one. And that the model 20's were manufactured by High Standard.

It is the model 20 pump action.. I'm going to get it in trade for a slightly older laptop.

I found a couple 20's for sale on online auctions.. one of which going for $400!

What do ya'll who know more than I do, think about this scatter gun? Any potential problems I should look for when I go to see it?
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JC Higgins model 20 are the same as the HI Standard model 200 ...... most important that you check the barrel alignment .... the barrels were factory set and screwed up if improperly removed or tampered with ....
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Ha!, just oiled mine tonight.
My dad bought it in 1959. Not many gunstores in rural areas back then.
Just Sears or Western Auto, etc., so house brand shotguns were popular.
They are well made shotguns. 23/4 chamber only. Mostly plain barrel with a bead.
Fixed chokes typical. Some had the adjustable choke installed.
Mine is a fixed full, and shoots and cycles effortlessly.
They are heavy though!
They aren't tacticool, but they are built the way God meant a shotgun to be.
Blued and wood.
I've seen them even recently for $150 or so. $400 would really be pushing it id think.
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$400 seems high and i buy ted williams guns when i can.What can i say i'm a bosox fan and I Love their boat motors.
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to be fair it was nice looking gun. Blueing and wood was in damn near perfect condition and it had the choke/muzzlebrake looking deal on the end. (looks kinda like a muzzlebrake anyway).

I figure I'm coming out on the winning end in this trade

traded a desktop for an A. Rossi .50 cal inline last month in pristine condition
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Finally found one of those reasonably priced last year, I paid $135.00. I wanted a riot gun that could slam fire/no interrupter. Its a great gun!
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to be fair it was nice looking gun. Blueing and wood was in damn near perfect condition and it had the choke/muzzlebrake looking deal on the end. (looks kinda like a muzzlebrake anyway).

I figure I'm coming out on the winning end in this trade

traded a desktop for an A. Rossi .50 cal inline last month in pristine condition

The muzzle brake looking thing sounds like either a Cutts type compensator or a Poly choke adjustable choke.

I have a Sears Model 200 20 gauge and it came with the adjustable choke, Mine was made by Winchester. Those house brand guns are some of the best deals out there since you can get them considerably cheaper than the same gun with a name brand on it.
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I'm going to second the poly-choke theory.

Local shop has a J.C. Higgins semi auto for sale right now for $135, the J.C.'s don't fetch high prices, I paid $35 for my boy's SS .22 and $60 for his SS 20g.
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Picked it up this evening.. I def came out ahead in this trade! The endpiece of the barrel is a choke/muzzlebrake combo. The choke on this was was removable and with it installed there's roughly an inch gap between it and the barrel itself.

Only shot 4 rounds through it to verify it did indeed shoot, I must say it's been 8 years or so since the last 12 gauge I've shot but I could swear I remember them being louder. And kick a bit more

Now to research and try to determine a manufacture date.
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This is the exact one I now own.

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Thumbs up I have the Owner's Manual in .pdf JC Higgins Model 20

I have a copy of the JC Higgins Model 20 Owner's Manual from April 1949 scanned into .pdf.
I'd be happy to email you a copy of it, email me at [email protected].

**Here is a websiite that has the manuals for different variations of the model 20 on it.
Click on Shotguns and look for your Sears Number in the list. Mine is 583.56

http://www.histandard.info/manuals/sears/index.html


That POW-er-Pac Choke Assembly is a nice piece of candy at the end of the barrel!

It shoots great, and I bet you could mow lawns with it too
Thanks Sears & Roebuck!

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Trading an older laptop for just about ANY gun is worth it in my opinion. Computers depreciate in value very fast and never gain value. Plus their usability drops as time goes on due to the older hardware and advancements in software. I say you've got a good deal.
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