JC Higgins/High Standard Model 20 shotguns

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    JC Higgins/High Standard Model 20 shotguns

    Listen up because I am going to give you some great advice.

    One of the best values on the used gun market is the JC Higgins Model 20 pump action shotgun. These guns were made for Sears by High Standard.

    Anyway these shotguns are all steel and they are very well made. They are extremely reliable and really, really slick. In fact they are slicker than frog mucous. You will never find a pump action shotgun as smooth as this.

    The only drawback to the Model 20 is that it is does not feature a detachable barrel. The barrel is screwed into the receiver as if it were a rifle. But these shotguns were made in great quantity and they are available cheaply on the used gun market.

    Squnty got one of these last year and I have to say that this is a wonderful shotgun. It was a great deal for 100 bucks.


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    Hey Fluffy, what do you think of the 16 ga bolt action shotgun by JC Higgins?

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    I really don't know. While I don't like bolt action shotguns, I'm sure that the piece would be a solid gun and a good value.

    Squinty's Model 20 is not a Perazzi. But it is a solid, very smooth shotgun that was a great deal.

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    Fluffy's shotgun.




    Sure looks a lot like a Winchester 12.

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    At Fluffy's suggestion I searched Gunbroker last night and I ended up winning and auction for a 16 ga bolt action shotgun in fair condition. I doubt I'll use it but it'll make an interestin wall hanger. It was $50.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/auction/Vie...Item=129501853

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    If you go to Gunbroker, you can find JC Higgins Model 20 shotguns for prices between $105 and $150.

    Just trust me; these are great guns. They are all steel, solid reliable shotguns. Squinty would not trade his for a new Model 870.

    (The new 870 contain lots of schmoed out MiM parts. The new 870s are not what they used to be. The old Wingmasters were wonderful.)

    The JC Higgins Model 20 is really, really a smooth operating gun. On Squinty's gun, if he depresses the bolt latch, the mechanism will fall free just by itself.


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    you know mac, a bottle of linseed oil, some 220 grit sandpaper a 5 dollar bottle of birchwood casey bluing and that piece will look factory new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeathStick
    you know mac, a bottle of linseed oil, some 220 grit sandpaper a 5 dollar bottle of birchwood casey bluing and that piece will look factory new.
    That's what I was thinking. It's kind of funky cool looking.

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    To update this old thread, I scored a JC Higgins Model 20 on GB for $139. It should be here next week and it can join my JC Higgins bolt action on the wall.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=148876738

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    My grandfather gave me his old J.C. Higgins model 20 as my first gun and thats one I'll never sell. First off he bought it new and a half century later gave it to me, It fits my 6'3" self pretty well, has 3 interchangeable chokes and a fancy looking compensator that always starts conversation. Love that old gun and still get pheasants with her.

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