I'm hoping ya'll can help ID this shotgun. Bought it a couple of decades ago, didn't get a manual or any background with it - guess the gun shop didn't have anything on it, and I wasn't smart enough to ask. I've only shot it once, way back when, maybe 1 box of rounds. Since then, it's been kept loaded with 2 rounds and had the bore cleaned occassionaly.
The only markings I can find on it are:
J.C. Higgins Model 20 Sears.Roebuck and Co. 583.56 Proof Tested 12ga 2 3/4 Chamber
I can't find a serial number on it.
I did some research on it myself, what I came up with was that it's maybe a High Standard model 200, manufactured in the late '40's or early '50's; but I'm not sure that what I found actually applies to this shotgun.
I've (finally) realized that I need to know more about it, one of the things I want to do is strip it down and give it a thorough cleaning.
If it is that old, is it safe to fire modern rounds in it? And, should I limit the rounds to anything specific - such as no slugs, etc? I realize it can only fire 2 3/4" rounds.
I'd also like to find a copy of the instruction manual for it.
I can post some pictures if wanted/needed, but that'll take a couple of days.
Thanks in advance for any assistance.