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#569690 04/13/2020 7:06 PM
by canvasback
Well, I am bored and I suspect many of the rest of you are as well. With asthma and a bit of COPD, I'm taking the "social distancing" pretty seriously, until they work out a treatment plan that is consistently effective. Luckily I'm a natural at social distancing, as my friends would say, but still have a little extra time. And starting a thread is more fun than cleaning the house again.

So this thread is going to detail, with photos, the work that has gone into the restoration. It's not quite completed but we can see light at the end of the tunnel so now seems like as good a time as any to start.

3 1/2 years ago I was lucky enough to score a very sharp deal on a Lindner Daly Diamond Quality model 275 in 12 gauge. My original thread can be viewed here:

When I bought the gun, I knew it had a significant dent across both the barrels. A door slam or something that got them both. After consulting with CJO, a member here with outstanding gunsmithing skills as anyone who knows his work will attest, we decided the risk/cost equation was worth it.

However when I received the gun, despite being told it was in "good working order" but for the barrel dent, I found it had a broken ejector rod. A few brief emails back and forth with the vendor, a gun shop, resulted in the hoped-for response. A significant amount of the purchase price was refunded to cover the cost of a high quality repair of the ejectors by a smith who knew what he was doing. A very fair outcome in my opinion. An offer to return for full refund was also made and left as my choice.

Early in 2017 I delivered the gun to Claudio. With gun in hand he gave it a good once over, noting some of the obvious areas that needed attention. When it came time to give him instructions, I simply said "Claudio, repair it as you would one of your own. With as much attention to detail as you see fit for a gun of this quality." I realized this was a rather open ended description for the scope of work I wanted done but Claudio has worked on a number of my guns and over the last 10 years consider myself lucky to have found both a double gun mentor as well as a good friend in Claudio. I trust him.
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#596660 May 7th a 08:54 PM
by canvasback
Well, it's been a long journey.

The snowbirds I bought the new Daly from departed for warmer climes just as we were completing our deal last November. And I didn't want a rush packing job done by people who had never shipped a gun in their almost 80 years. So we agreed to wait until their return at the start of April and in the meantime I sent them a heavy duty aluminum full length travel case (bought for taking rifles to Africa).

The case held the Daly and two Francotte 28 gauge guns just fine and they arrived today. Our respective governments don't make things easy. Diamond Quality Model 275 circa 1906. 20 gauge. 26" barrels. 5 pounds 9 oz. Looking forward to bringing it to life like the 12 gauge. Here's a couple quick snaps of the Daly.

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