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martin mcknight
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USA
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Posted - 11/24/2004 :  8:20:50 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have a JC Higgins Bolt action 12 gage shot gun. It is model 5837.
What is its worth in good condition????

FrancF
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USA
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Posted - 11/24/2004 :  8:30:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not to sound bad, but the worth is in the shooting condition. It was sold by Sears & Roebuck from 1946-1962 and there are a lot of varents.







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Edited by - FrancF on 11/24/2004 8:31:39 PM
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nunn
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USA
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Posted - 11/24/2004 :  10:35:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
See the below letter.

There are certain model number listed, but Sears has been paying the bounty on just about any bolt from any 12 gauge bolt action shotgun with their brand on it.

I even got paid for a bolt from a much newer Sears shotgun, and the bolt handle was BROKEN OFF.

HIGH STANDARD/J.C. HIGGINS, MODEL 10, 12 GAUGE BOLT ACTION SHOTGUN
AND SEARS MODEL NUMBERS: 583.13, 583.14, 583.15, 583.16, 583.17, 583.18, 583.19, 583.20, 583.21 AND 583.22
The model of shotgun may be subject to a BOLT FAILURE. When this occurs the bolt will dislodge from the action, striking the shooter causing serious injury. These shotguns were manufactured for and sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co. during the 1950's.
Call (800) 817-9165 for identification verification. Instructions for the return of the bolt and refund of $160.00 will be provided.
Source:
American Rifleman, April 1998; page 24

HIGH STANDARD/J.C. HIGGINS, MODEL 10, 12 GAUGE BOLT ACTION SHOTGUN
AND SEARS MODEL NUMBERS: 583.13, 583.14, 583.15, 583.16, 583.17, 583.18, 583.19, 583.20, 583.21 AND 583.22
The model of shotgun may be subject to a BOLT FAILURE. When this occurs the bolt will dislodge from the action, striking the shooter causing serious injury. These shotguns were manufactured for and sold by Sears, Roebuck & Co. during the 1950's.
Call (800) 817-9165 for identification verification. Instructions for the return of the bolt and refund of $160.00 will be provided.
Source:
American Rifleman, April 1998; page 24





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sculpinslayer
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USA
9 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2007 :  12:31:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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My Uncle recently had a shotgun stolen from him that had a great deal of sentimental value. It was his first gun.

1954 JC Higgins - 12 ga., Bolt action

I would very much like to surprise him and replace the shotgun for him. It won't be his, of course, but at least he can hang it where the old one left an empty space.

If anyone knows where I can purchase one, please let me know.

Thank You
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Marc1301
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USA
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Posted - 02/01/2007 :  1:30:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
http://www.GunBroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=64894840

Here is one on GunBroker, only it is 20 gauge.



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Edited by - Marc1301 on 02/01/2007 1:32:01 PM
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woodshermit
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USA
3730 Posts

Posted - 02/03/2007 :  08:55:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I called the number and they have changed this program effective in Dec, 2006. All they will give you now in exchange for the bolt is a $50 Sears gift card.

Sculpinslayer, I realize it is short notice, but, if you will post again so that I know you are still around, I will post an email address for you to contact me as I will be at a sale later today that is offering a JC Higgins 12 gauge bolt action shotgun Mod 583-1101, which is not subject to the recall.
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deputydog214
Junior Member

USA
475 Posts

Posted - 02/04/2007 :  10:45:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In your search engine run " J C Higgins Shotgun Recall" and you will find all kinds of info. My understanding is there is not a problem with the bolt itself but the screw that stops the bolt from coming out. Through repeated firing the screw either backs and falls out or backs off enough it sheers off during chambering another round. Some of the suggestions I read were to "Locktite" the screw and check to see if the threads were stripped. I have one of the recalled shotguns-- checked the screw, shoots fine.

Besides why do you muscle the bolt back so hard you bust yourself in face with it?

The original point and click interface was a Smith & Wesson. Maxine
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