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20 GA Shotgun
20 GA Shotgun  
I have a Wards Western Field 20 ga shotgun. The numbers on the barrel are:  04M 215A0 GA.-2 3/4 IN. Proof Tested. It has a screw on full choke. It was purchased used by my dad around 1956.

Can you please tell me what it's approximate value is?

Thank you.

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Hello Mel.
  Although Montgomery Wards sold shotguns, they did not manufacture them. Your WesternField was actually manufactured by O.F. Mossberg as the models 75 and 85. The Model 75, which did not have a clip, was manufactured from 1933-1940.The Model 85, which had a clip magazine, was manufactured from 1934-1940.
  Though it is old, it is not a collector's gun. They are, however, very well built. With the proper care, it will function long into the future. In very good condition, one like it can be purchased for around $100. It will only shoot 2 3/4" shells, and the chokes and clips, along with most other parts, are almost impossible to find. If you have not already, have it checked by a "COMPETENT" licensed gunsmith before you fire it. When you are satisfied it is ready to shoot, shoot it. You will enjoy every minute of it!
  Thank you for asking for me and please leave a feedback comment and rating. 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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