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How to care for 100 year old 28 gauge?

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My dad just gave me my great grandfathers shotgun - it's an Iver Johnson 28 gauge, single barrel top break. He's never shot it - but he had a gunsmith grease it up a few years back. I'm wondering what I should do to:
1) Get it checked out
2) Keep it maintained, and
3) Shoot it once in awhile, without ripping it up.

I figure it was manufactured between 1906 and 1917 - any advice for a relatively ignorant guy? I want to make it look nice (wood and metal - what to use, what not to use) and shoot (what to put through it, what not to put through it).

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IdK about shooting it but I think alot of old things are more valuable if you dont like refinish them but I could be wrong just wanted to bring that up!
i would have it checked out but i would not advise any refinishing just clean it up and oil it
clean it up, oil it and mount it on some hooks on the wall to display it. As far as value well it's an Iver johnson the poor mans shotgun of yesteryear so most of any of iver johnsons old firearms are not very valueable at all except their owners. I have an Iver johnson revolver in .32 short i believe in the brother has it. Not valuable at all money wise but it'd be the last firearm to go as it was my gp's. Same with my J.Stevens an Tool CO single shot .22lr model Favorite 1915 that was my gp's as well.

As far as shooting a shotgun that old i dont know I'd have a good gunsmith check it over. I probably would not and thats a very very rare thing for me to say since I could have a limited edition 1 off mega valuable gun and as long as it was capeable and safe to shoot I'd shoot it. I just don't know enough about the pressure of a 28ga sg or what kind of metal its made from.
Place it in a box and ship it to Spartan299. I will take good care of it for you and even send pics of my new (your old) gun.
Spartan, thanks for the kind offer. ummmm - no.

I've cleaned it, and my grandmothers winchester 60-22 (bolt action .22 from the 30's). Going to take them to a gunsmith for a lookover - would like to shoot them both, just for the hell of it. The value piece that Charlie talks about - one of these was my great grandfathers (the .28 gauge) the 22 was my grandmothers. Would be cool to teach my kids to shoot with these pieces - but only if they don't blow up!.

Here are some photos of the shotgun.

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I thought it said How to take care of a 100 yr old WITH a 28 gauge! I was WOW!
My dad is only 73, I got the guns off him early!
Looks like my old iver johnson champion 16ga. I love shooting that old gun.
I thought it said How to take care of a 100 yr old WITH a 28 gauge! I was WOW!
That's funny! :D
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