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Craig Larter 09-29-2020 03:58 PM

Does this checkering look correct for a Grade 2 UL
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Here is a gun coming up in the RI auction, I have no interest in acquiring this gun nor am I the seller. I am curious about the checkering, to me it appears much coarser than normal and the checkering on the forend is 100% coverage and appears very course. The gun is serial number20845 8ga UL 32"bbls. What do you say in that the stock and forend appear to be factory in shape with a metal butt plate which would appropriate for the period. Does the checkering look correct to you for a Grade 2 UL hammer gun??

Dean Romig 09-29-2020 05:43 PM

I believe it very well could be the original checkering pattern and could even be the original cutting.

As far as the checked-all-over forend, a letter might validate it.

And I wonder if a letter would address the initial cap on the knob of the grip?


Brian Dudley 09-29-2020 06:26 PM

The grip looks very correct to me. The forend being full cover on a grade 2 would certainly be different. It appears as if it lacks a border along the top of the forend under the barrel, which would certainly not be the norm in my mind if it were to be factory checkering on the forend. Too bad there is not a better view than that of the forend.

Mike Franzen 10-01-2020 04:28 AM

I have a grade 2 UL a couple years earlier than the one posted. The checkering on the Butt stock is same. The forend is not full coverage.

Craig Larter 10-01-2020 06:10 PM

Well I paid for a letter on the gun just to satisfy my own curiosity. Chuck did his normal masterful job of turning it around very quickly. Now I know, the gun letters as it sits.

Dean Romig 10-01-2020 08:42 PM

Any mention of the initial plate on the knob? Normally those were only seen on Grade-5 and above.


Craig Larter 10-02-2020 05:03 AM


Dean Romig 10-02-2020 07:39 AM

I thought it would. :cheers:


Mills Morrison 10-08-2020 04:59 PM

Ok . . . who got it?

Craig Larter 10-08-2020 06:19 PM

What did it sell for?

Jim DiSpagno 10-08-2020 07:08 PM

Says 6K onsite

Mills Morrison 10-08-2020 10:26 PM

It was 6K plus buyer's premium, etc.

Dean Romig 10-09-2020 08:09 AM

Maybe now we’ll find out the provenance on this Parker and what the inscription on the knob plate says.


Brian Dudley 10-09-2020 10:13 AM

Or it will disappear into a dark hole not to be seen for 20 years.

Mills Morrison 10-09-2020 11:52 AM

Or show back up on Puglisi's website for another few years . . .

Dean Romig 10-09-2020 11:55 AM

$6K+ seems a bit 'inexpensive' for a Grade-2 lifter in 8 bore... but you never know.


Gary Carmichael Sr 10-10-2020 12:48 PM

I ask about said gun, Told me bores were heavily pitted middle section of the barrels, A pretty scarce gun in 32"

Mills Morrison 10-10-2020 09:40 PM

Just as well that I lost out then. We wound up with a ton of pre 64 Model 70s.

Craig Larter 10-11-2020 07:58 AM

It seems like many 8's have surfaced lately mostly hammer guns. The auction prices all seem to be about equal given condition etc. I have been doing some research on factory loaded 8ga shells. Black powder loaded shells were offered until the ammo companies stopped production a short time after 1918. Very few nitro loadings in 8ga were made. I'm sure all the 8's, including the later hammerless gun, saw plenty of black powder loads and corrosive primers hence the pitting.
They a lot of fun to shoot!!

Mills Morrison 10-11-2020 09:51 AM

Although we lost out on the Rock Island ones, we picked up a SBT. Between John Davis' article and my son's growing interest in trap, it was about time. More to follow

John Davis 10-11-2020 12:56 PM

Mills, why don't you post pictures of your new Parker SBT on the SBT forum.

Mills Morrison 10-11-2020 01:57 PM

Will do as soon as it is in hand

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