Wednesday, March 10, 2010

My New Swedish Girl

I've lusted over hammerguns for years and finally took the plunge and bought one. She's just an entry level gun, a Husqvarna Model 20 in 16 ga. of course. Known as a farmers gun in her home country, the Model 20 was an inexpensive but sturdy gun built from 1877 to 1956. Mine was built in 1942 and balances the scales at 6 lbs 8 ozs. She's built on the strange looking lefaucheux under lever action, having no top lever to open the barrels. A steady diet of todays high-pressure shells would surely loosen her action so I'll be feeding her low-pressure 2 1/2 inch roll crimped reloads. I've only shot a couple of boxes of shells through her at clays but am very pleased with the results. She's choked full and fuller like many of her kind, I guess the Swedes like to be able to reach out for their game, so I'll be having the chokes opened for my grouse and woodcock hunting. The finish on her birch stock is rough so I;ll be refinishing it this summer. I'm guessing my Grulla will be seeing less brush this year as i carry this little "plain jane" Husky through my Allegheny coverts.
The Lefaucheux under lever action in the open position.

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