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Left Side Receiver
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Left Side
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QUESTION: Mr.Gage,
  In hopes you may assist in identifying the manufacturer of an older 16 gauge side by side shotgun. Very few markings on this piece, I am stumped. Not from what I have seen Savage, Stevens,Hunter, LC Smith or Iberia. Left side receiver RANGER is deeply engraved, bottom of receiver is 23 stamped in a circle; aprx;5/32", Under for-grip stamped on steel & wood the # 760. On barrels @ rear Selected Forged Steel & on left barrel 'Proof Tested 16 Gauge. That is all, no serial number or any other markings.
Any ideas would be appreciated as it needs a spring.
Respectfully,
Don Peebles
Arizona

ANSWER: Hello Don Peebles.
  I believe your shotgun is a Stevens 311, manufactured for Sears, Roebuck and Co. as a Ranger 400. You can find a schematic and parts list at Numrich Gun Parts www.gunpartscorp.com.. If you don't find it there, you might try Hoosier Gun Works at www.hoosiergunworks.com.
  Thank you for asking for me. Charles Gage

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QUESTION: Mr. Gage,
 Thank you for taking the time to respond. At 1st glance it does appear to be a Stevens but the front of the receiver is cut differently (more like a Smith) and the internals are quite a bit different. I have gone through schematics till I'm blurry eyed. Next time I pull it apart I'll take a couple of Pic's of the internals.
Thank you again,
Don Peebles

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Hello Don Peebles.
  Firearms manufactured for hardware stores will have a slight difference in appearance than the 'mother factory' firearms. It is the internal working parts that will be the same. Check Numrich's Cross Reference Chart. It may have been manufactured by another company. I am not a gunsmith, so you may need to keep digging. If either of these companies don't have it, I don't know who would. Thanks again, Charles Gage

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

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I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

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New Mexico Hunter Safety Program Instructor 15 year award.

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