Purchased my first really old shotgun

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  1. Mar 24, 2019 #1

    Fireman13

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    As luck would have it, yesterday I was able to purchase a Winchester Model 1887 lever action 10 gauge. Serial number puts it at a year of manufacture of 1890.

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    I was surprised as to how nice it appears for a shotgun that's around 130 years old. I know I may be dreaming but after a through cleaning and an inspection, I hope to shoot it.

    All the research I've done online pertaining to shooting older shotguns suggests using lite load shells. (Which I'm not sure I can even get at my LGS. I'll be stopping by on my way home from work tomorrow to ask.) Have any of you ever used a shotgun this old? None of the guys I shoot with have first hand experience with older guns like this so I was hoping for some helpful advice and/or suggestions from the collective forum mind.

    Thanks in advance for help you can offer.
     
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    That^^, a shotgun that old I would suggest birdshot type ammo rather than slug or buckshot.

    If you have any reservations about it's integrity you could always load it with a round, sandbag it and use a string to pull the trigger for the first several shots. At the very least if it did happen to malfunction it wouldn't be in your hand or up by your face.
     
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    Remember those are not 3-1/2" but only 2-7/8" chambers. My brother had a Winchester 1901 and we shot that quite a bit.
     
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    That is a sweet looking 10 gauge.
     
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    Important!
    My dad had a 1901 model. You can only fudge some 3" shells with a short roll-crimp.
    It was commonly referred to as "The Jailer's Gun" and mostly used by LE.
    My brother loaded ammo for it and created something he called "The Shell Circumciser" to shorten regular 3" shells.

    Only other side note: it will kick the snot out of you because, for a 10-gauge, it's pretty light.
     
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    Nice Score on a piece of Winchester Americana...and a 10 Gauge besides !!

    WoW !!

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    Nice!
    report back on how it shoots!
     

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