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Normally I do not pay attention to shotguns at this show, but I saw a few interesting ones this go around.

As usual. the doubles were either crazy expensive or hulks, also lots of older blackpowder ones, just walked on by.

* Saw an incredibly well-worn Marlin 1898 for $250, the finish was *gone* and wood well-worn but solid (foregrip had some funky old varsnish on it). It just looked overly complex so I passed on it. It was accompanied by a Winchester 1897 in similar condition that felt sloppy in my hands, also $250

* I did see other 1897s, particularly trench guns, most in the the high-three/low-four digits

* I went years before seeing a Marlin Model 90 O/U, and bought one made for sears a few years back. This year, one seller had THREE. Two were upscale with longer barrels and checkered stocks, they were $750, one had a shorter barrel and was more plain-jane, that was $350

* Almost bit on a chromed Model 10, but it look beat up (very dirty) and the buttstock was missing a large chunk which exposed the back of the action. It was $150 and by the time I decided I would haggle for it, it was gone.

* Did see a couple more modern shotguns, a Mossberg 500A and Winchester Model 12s, but the prices were a bit on the high side.

Overall, still a fun show to look through, just hoping I didn't let a bargain slip away with that Marlin 1898
 

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Remington Model 10? oooohhhh, you don't want that one! extremely complex, and as the example you saw proved, the stock wood in the pistol grip area is paper-thin (the bolt travels way back into the grip area). I bought one for $100 at a gunshow, and it took a youtube video to figure out how to take the action apart and put it back correctly, so that the flapper would raise a shell up in the proper timing. I found a new replacement buttstock,( because the original stock was cracked, like all the rest of them) but it took endless dremeling to get clearance for the bolt.
 

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Thanks, now I don't feel so bad.

Though I am still wondering if the Marlin 1898 was worth it, it looked like an oversized Model 39...
 
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