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Is is safe to shoot factory loads in an old shotgun?


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2003-10-29 13:22:36
2003-10-29 13:22:36

No one can answer that without examining the gun. Armory steel would have been almost certainly intended for smokeless powder, but what has happened to the gun in the last 80-100 years could make it unsafe now. Also, depending on just how old it is, the chambers may be only 2 1/2". Have a competent gunsmith check it out.

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Get your brother in law to shoot it for you.

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yes your Stevens shotgun should be safe to shoot,I'm not saying run nitro mags in it but it should function fine with high brass game loads.....they are a well built shotgun designed by John Browning..if your ever looking to sell it i'd be interested..........kyledeno@yahoo.com

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Your best bet would be to take it to a gunsmith for a professional appraisal.

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Made sometime in the last half of the 19th century. Probably not safe to shoot.


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