Vintage Build-Don't break the bank, but make it look like you did.

Weatherby Model 82 Slug Gun with period correct Weaver style Redfield Rings and Redfield 3x9x Scope.

Weatherby Model 82 Slug Gun with period correct Weaver style Redfield Rings and Redfield 3x9x Scope.

Just in time for the opening of slug shotgun seasons around the country, here is our next build project for you to buy or copy.   This one is almost sure to be the prettiest shotgun in your neck of the woods this fall.  It’s glamorous look will make it seem like you broke the bank, even though you didn’t.

We started with a very nice, clean, Weatherby 2 ¾’’ model 82 semi automatic shotgun with a smooth bore slug barrel.   It had already been tapped for a weaver base so all we had to do is locate a set of Weaver style Redfield rings, then pick the right scope to for a cool, period correct look.  We found a unique Redfield 3x9x with a finish and accents to perfectly complement the model 82.  We are happy with the results and feel like this very well could have been a package put together in the 1980s by that guy in, let’s say Iowa, who took his deer hunting seriously, but still wanted to hunt with a classy gun. It was easy to do back then. Almost every one was made of a nice piece of wood, shiny blued metal and wood finished so well you could see your reflection in it.

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This month’s build celebrates the 1980s, the peak of glamorously built production rifles that didn’t break the bank then, and are still great collector values today. Lots of fun for not a lot of dough.

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One glamorous slug gun.

One glamorous slug gun.

James Brion