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Who made the 12 gauge Wards Western Field Model 53 single shot shotgun with a case hardened receiver?

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2009-12-07 16:38:56
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Didn't find a M53 Found a Wards 52 which was a Savage 315 and Models 534 536 and 539 all Mossberg designs

I found that the Wards Western Field #53 is a Stevens Model 530. Made from 1936-1954. Source- Modern Gun Values, 13th ed. page 612, 4th from bottom left side of the page.

Lee 12/7/2009

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