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Posted: 12/16/2016 9:48:29 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 9:50:15 AM EST by mjohn3006]
I picked up this old shotgun for cheap. It is a Lefever Arms Nitro side by side 12g double trigger. It is nothing special. Just an old shotgun

It is in fair but functional condition. There is minor pitting on the outside of the left barrel. Finish is mostly gone. Stock beat to hell.
But the chambers are in fine shape. The gun looks sound. It functions properly.

1. Keep gun exactly as is. I will shoot skeet with it occasionally. Maybe some pheasant hunting or something some time
2. Try to restore it. Re-blue. refinish the stock
3. Cut the barrels down to 18" and carve BOOMSTICK in the stock with a knife
4. Cut the barrels down to 18", duracoat the whole thing flat black
5. Cut the barrels down to 18", paint the stock pink, paint the barrels white, put hello kitty stickers all over it.





Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:49:43 AM EST
Shop smart. Shop S-Mart.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:50:43 AM EST
looks just like my old Fulton, wall hanger
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:51:14 AM EST
No option for bandsaw and garbage can...
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:53:01 AM EST
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Originally Posted By BHertz:
No option for bandsaw and garbage can...
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Why would you say that? It is not an AK.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:55:27 AM EST
SBS. Cut barrels to 8-10". Cut stock into a pistol grip.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:56:49 AM EST
Oil it up, pattern it, then go bird hunting.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 9:57:43 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:16:30 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 40xb-shooter:
I would get the tax stamp for making is a SBS and cut the barrel a inch or two in front of the forestock.
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That could be interesting as well.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:21:07 AM EST
Make it stupid short!

Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:24:57 AM EST
What's wrong with it currently?
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:25:16 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 10:27:18 AM EST by DonOhio39]
Cutting that old shotgun down is akin to "sporterizing' an old military rifle. A number of people here would call you nasty names for doing that.
If you "just gotta" have 18 inch barreled sxs, buy a Stoeger Coachgun, sure as hell some sxs fan would like to have your gun as it is.

At the end of the day, it's your gun, do with it as you want.

Don in Ohio
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:26:26 AM EST
SBS pistol - think Mad Max's shotgun. Have a holster made for it out of distressed leather. Don't refinish it.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:27:13 AM EST
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Originally Posted By xerxes2695:
Make it stupid short!

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Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:30:04 AM EST
Don't mess up an old LeFever. Those were great guns, leave it be.

If you want to experiment with an old double, find a Stevens 311 and carve away.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:30:27 AM EST
SBS, put some picatinny rails on it, and RDS!
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:30:56 AM EST
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Originally Posted By coltc:
SBS. Cut barrels to 8-10". Cut stock into a pistol grip.
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This
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:32:52 AM EST
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Originally Posted By DonOhio39:
Cutting that old shotgun down is akin to "sporterizing' an old military rifle. A number of people here would call you nasty names for doing that.
If you "just gotta" have 18 inch barreled sxs, buy a Stoeger Coachgun, sure as hell some sxs fan would like to have your gun as it is.

At the end of the day, it's your gun, do with it as you want.

Don in Ohio
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Pretty much this. I voted "restore", tho the "Hello Kitty" option was tempting.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:36:03 AM EST
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Originally Posted By dex357:
looks just like my old Fulton, wall hanger
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If not Damascus, your Fulton would be ok with low brass loads, probably. Mine was.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:36:15 AM EST
If you see yourself reblueing other guns in the future, here's your chance to practice.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:37:51 AM EST
I voted keep it the same. I'm a sucker for old guns. Once you cut that up there is no going back. If you want something to cut up/make into an sbs, buy a newer double barrel. At least the newer gun is replaceable.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:38:04 AM EST
Please do not butcher it. It's a piece of Americana, even if it's not a premium brand.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:41:58 AM EST
I vote restore...but I'd prefer it to become an SBS honestly.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 10:51:00 AM EST
Leave it alone or restore.

I'll never forget being in a gunsmith's storefront and the two middle aged guys in front of me are instructing the smith to cut the barrels down on two identical Belgium Browning A-5's.

Very sad fate .
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:02:54 AM EST
Coach gun! Give it a second life, deep blue the metal and refinish the wood to a deep dark lustrous reddish-brown with tinges of black and top it off with a gold or ivory bead...
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:09:50 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 11:13:57 AM EST by GreenBastard]
I have more use for an SBS boomstick than an old ass long ass side by side.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:11:40 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 11:11:55 AM EST by shaggy]
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Originally Posted By 40xb-shooter:
I would get the tax stamp for making is a SBS and cut the barrel a inch or two in front of the forestock.
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This. And cut the stock down to pistol grip size.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:12:33 AM EST
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Originally Posted By 40xb-shooter:
I would get the tax stamp for making is a SBS and cut the barrel a inch or two in front of the forestock.
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This!
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:13:53 AM EST
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Originally Posted By sitdwnandhngon:
Oil it up, pattern it, then go bird hunting.
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Here, here!
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:14:25 AM EST
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Originally Posted By WI_Bill:


If not Damascus, your Fulton would be ok with low brass loads, probably. Mine was.
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I've shot everything in it, not damascus, sum bitch kicks like a mf
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:16:35 AM EST
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:17:07 AM EST
When in doubt....hacksaw!
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:21:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 11:21:45 AM EST by johnh57]
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Originally Posted By Old_Painless:
I can't see the wood closely, but I would probably clean up the wood and refinish the wood. Might also
    rust
blue the metal.

Nice old gun.
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Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:23:54 AM EST
Mad Max it. That's the only even halfway conceivable reason to have a side by side around.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:31:25 AM EST
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Originally Posted By Flatulence:
Leave it alone or restore.

I'll never forget being in a gunsmith's storefront and the two middle aged guys in front of me are instructing the smith to cut the barrels down on two identical Belgium Browning A-5's.

Very sad fate .
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At least with those you could restore with a new barrel, a double is a little harder to do that.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:38:30 AM EST
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Originally Posted By mjohn3006:


That could be interesting as well.
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Originally Posted By mjohn3006:
Originally Posted By 40xb-shooter:
I would get the tax stamp for making is a SBS and cut the barrel a inch or two in front of the forestock.


That could be interesting as well.

Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:41:32 AM EST
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Originally Posted By coltc:
SBS. Cut barrels to 8-10". Cut stock into a pistol grip.
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Boom.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:41:50 AM EST
Keep as is and enjoy it.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:43:37 AM EST
Op likely has little in this gun but pretty much every choice in his pol will reduce the value down the line.

I would go over the surface rust very gently with some OOOO steel wool and some oil. Take wood off first .

Then I would gently take the same steel wool and some BLO and go after what is likely some considerable dirt on the wood.Toothbrush with BLO on any checkering.A damp rag and a iron will lift dents well in most cases

You might be surprised at how well it cleans up.
Good honest wear on a older gun is one thing but once you start refinishing wood and re-blueing it not only looks wrong it messes with any possible value.

To the OP this gun might be considered more or less a piece of junk but it is a great place to practice cleaning up a old gun .
Some guy who got into shooting with a similar gun that belonged to granddaddy or whoever would love to have it in cleaned up condition , not so much refinished and certainly not chopped.

As others have said; OP's gun , OP's choice
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:45:40 AM EST
Do your due diligence and find out if it's worth anything before messing with a it, a quick search shows values all over the map and run from $200-$400 all the way up to a couple grand. 
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:46:07 AM EST
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Bama was bad.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:49:04 AM EST
Coach gun.
Whippet gun.
Or
SBS
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:57:10 AM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 12:00:28 PM EST by Bladeswitcher]
First, that shotgun probably has 2-1/2 chambers. It is not intended for modern ammo.

Second, nothing you will do to that gun will increase its value. Everything you've talked about doing(other than leaving it alone) is akin to setting money on fire.

Your best bet is to sell the gun to somebody who appreciates history and values old shotguns. Take that money and buy a nickel plated Stoeger coach gun or maybe a Hi-Point pistol. Based on your expressed intentions for this old gun those two options seem more suitable for a man of your taste and discrimination.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:57:47 AM EST
SxS 2 trigger guns are the most fun you can have with your clothes on. Go get some 3.5" loads and let both barrels off at the same time, preferably into a pumpkin or watermelon etc. I don't even have one, it just seems like everyone else does. And I don't want to spend 500 on the new stoeger. But I might have to.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:59:46 AM EST
Do it! Do it now!


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Link Posted: 12/16/2016 11:59:54 AM EST
Cut to 20", thread for chokes and add fiber optic front bead. Flat black stock, and tungsten barrel and action.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:02:41 PM EST
Leave it as is and hang it on the wall. Enjoy an old classic.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:09:38 PM EST
I voted tactical. needs a single point sling and a flash light mount.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:11:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Everythingisawesome:
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Well, for starters, it's a side-by-side . . .
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:18:47 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Crash1433:
I voted keep it the same. I'm a sucker for old guns. Once you cut that up there is no going back. If you want something to cut up/make into an sbs, buy a newer double barrel. At least the newer gun is replaceable.
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I'm not a fan of cutting up stuff just for the hell of it either. Keep it the same or try to restore it.
Link Posted: 12/16/2016 12:23:27 PM EST
[Last Edit: 12/16/2016 12:23:45 PM EST by cyborg543]
you now how it was a hobby back in the old days to 'sporterize" military surplus guns?

and nowadays everyone is puzzled why someone would make an abortion out of an 03 springfield or krag or trapdoor or garand?

well, you are doing the same thing except the opposite direction

not old military gun to abortion sporting arm, you're going from old sporting arm to tacticool abortion
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