Western Field Shotgun Questions?

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Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby baseballboy07 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 12:10 pm

I just received an old shotgun from my grandparents who know nothing about it and hasn't been shot in a while. It looks in decent shape. It is a pump Western Field shotgun. I looks old to me but I am probably completely wrong. I can't find any info on it, I didn't know were to start. The cereal # is 19579 B but that's all I know about it. Any information about this is appreciated. Value? (Shouldn't be much) Is it safe for steel if not bismuth would like to know because it would make a good goose gun?(It is a smooth 30in barrel no fixed choke or anything) Would a gunsmith be a good place to figure out if it is safe to shoot? Sorry I am new to old guns this is my first, so if i'm asking dumb questions I am sorry. An information on this gun is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby z51 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:33 pm

Gee, it be great to know the model # and gauge. (That cereal # is for corn flakes.)
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby baseballboy07 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 3:36 pm

Okay the model # was stated and its a 12 gauge
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby z51 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 6:00 pm

baseballboy07 wrote:Okay the model # was stated and its a 12 gauge


Humor me and look at your post. The model number would be something like 550A. Why not google western field pump shotgun pictures, and look at some pictures.
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby baseballboy07 » Tue Jun 24, 2014 7:50 pm

Took it apart and looked at pictures. Found the date 1957 on the end of the reciever. On the barrel the only set of numbers is 9579. Would that be the model # if not I can't find anything else it could be.
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby Fsbirdhouse » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:34 pm

Weren't those sold exclusively out of a franchise hardware chain?
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby mudpack » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:47 am

The Western Field guns were sold by the Montgomery Ward chain of department stores. As I understand it, various models of WF guns were made by various manufacturers, most of whom are no longer making shotguns.

As z51 said, Google "western field pump shotgun" and see what comes up.
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby z51 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 10:59 am

One other comment, if it's a 30" full choke barrel from 1957 I would not recommend you shoot steel shot in it.

Out of curiosity the safety doesn't happen to be on the top rear of the receiver and slide does it?
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby baseballboy07 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 11:22 am

No the safety is in the trigger guard with the trigger. Something I reasearched call it a suicide saftey. I totally agree no steel but what about bismoth or hevi shot in it.
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby cluckmeister » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:35 pm

Id say that the gun was made by Savage/Stevens due to the location of the safety. If it was located on top it was possibly a Mossberg. Id call, Savage at 413) 642-4260 for Historical Information. Tell them about the gun and ask them for their advice

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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby Pumpgunner » Wed Jun 25, 2014 7:49 pm

Bismuth or Hevi Classic Doubles would be OK to shoot through it I would say.
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby rebelcj7 » Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:36 pm

I would definitely suggest getting your hands on some Hevi Shot Classic doubles. Should suit you well!
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Re: Western Field Shotgun Questions?

Postby mudpack » Sat Aug 30, 2014 5:15 am

baseballboy07 wrote:It is a smooth 30in barrel no fixed choke or anything

Your gun almost certainly has a fixed choke. You need to find out which choking the barrel is bored at.
On the barrel, at the chamber end, you should find stamped in the barrel either the choke (Modified, Full, etc.) or a series of asterisks ( **, ***, etc.). These will tell you if the barrel is safe for steel shot in sizes 2 or smaller.
If it's Full, you may not want to shoot steel, although many do shoot the smaller steel shot through these guns without experiencing any angst. The gun was probably produced by Stevens or High Standard or another reputable gun manufacturer here in the USA, so it's not like it was made in Taiwan.
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