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Old 07-24-2012, 01:24 PM
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I enjoy old guns and I just bought a .16 gauge Champiopn Iver Johnson single-shot. It appears to be in good shape. I will be trying it out soon. Anybody know any details about this make and model that might be interesting? I plan on doing some carving on the stock and using it for turkey hunting next year.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:03 PM
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Since a .16 gauge shotgun would fire a ball weighing over 6 pounds, I assume you mean a 16 gauge. The Champion was a budget-priced single shot. Older ones are of better quality than the single shots on the market these days, IMO. Decent ones can usually had for $100 or so, sometimes less. If it patterns well and shoots to point of aim it should do fine as a turkey gun.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:48 AM
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I've got the Champion in 20 Ga that belonged to my father. I still fire one round per year through it on the opening day of Dove season - just like he was still here. The IJ Champion shotguns and inexpensive mantle clocks were often given away to farmers/ranchers by feed companies when you purchased a lot of their feed/seed products. I love the classic lines.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:22 AM
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I have 2 16 ga singles. the Champions are a little heavier than most SS 16 ga.

For 70 years iver Johnson made quality low cost guns, many were also sold under other store names like Western Auto, and Montgonery Wards. they are well made, which is why they were heavier. they made all shotgun ga and many variations or models, including a checkered model and a trap model. they also made some with various design actions under the Champion model/name. Of interest at least to me, is the lightweight model they made.

nice gun. I use 16 ga 2 3/4 inch chamber for turkey in the spring, light to carry. You want to be sure it has a 2 3/4 inch chamber (shouold be marked on the barrel). some of the earlier 16 ga had shorter chambers and shoould NOT BE FIRED with 2 3/4 inch chells.

I add sling swivels, for an easy carry turkey gun, and a fiber optic front sight.
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:06 PM
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Unless you handload, finding good ammo is sometimes a problem. I thought about turkey hunting with my Winchester 37 16 gauge but, couldn't find shells with more than 1 1/8 oz. I'd prefer shells with 1 1/4 oz. I know that if you can always get gobblers at 30 yards or less it probably wouldn't matter much. But, you can't always get them that close. I do wish you good luck though.
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Old 08-13-2012, 07:11 PM
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Unless you handload, finding good ammo is sometimes a problem. I thought about turkey hunting with my Winchester 37 16 gauge but, couldn't find shells with more than 1 1/8 oz. I'd prefer shells with 1 1/4 oz. I know that if you can always get gobblers at 30 yards or less it probably wouldn't matter much. But, you can't always get them that close. I do wish you good luck though.
I started my turkey hunting career using a CVA 12 ga. double barrel muzzleloader, cylinder bore, loading 1 1/8 oz of #6 shot. Yes, getting them in close is a challenge, but I assure you such seemingly paltry loads can hammer turkeys.


I carried a Winchester Model 42 .410 on several hunts last spring. Never got a shot at a gobbler on those hunts, but if I had, I would not have fretted over being under-gunned -- the little gun shoots a very worthwhile pattern out to 35 yards, right to point of aim.

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