I am seeking the age of my 410 double barrel shotgun. It came from my grandfather and has the following markings: Springfield Arms Co. Pat Apr 20, 1915 X57709 It has double triggers and is chambered for 2 1/2 shells. Thanks
It should be marked on the barrel or recieiver.
410 shells only and only what the barrel is marked for.
Yes, shorter shells are no problem.
Should use either 2 1/2" or 3" .410 shotgun shells.
Yes, but beware that many blank shells contain corrosive gun powder. Clean your shotgun after firing blanks to avoid pitting your barrel.
NO. 3 1/2 shells are fairly new and only to be shot through rifles rated for it. If it doesn't say it on the barrel, DON'T DO IT!
The shell size is normally stamped on the barrel near the reciever. Shells have been made in many sizes over the years ranging from inch & a half mini shells up to three & a half inch magnums. If you cant find a size marked on the shotgun you should have a gunsmith inspect the gun to determine proper size. A shotgun that old cannot fire steel shot. The barrel steel is too soft and will be ruined by steel shot.
Deer slugs are the shotgun shells to use when deer hunting.
There is no "break in" shotgun. A "break open" shotgun is a single barrel, double barrel, or combination rifle/shotgun which breaks open in the sense that a lever will unlock the action, allowing the barrel to pivot at a hinge at the front of the receiver, pivoting the rear of the barrel up to expose the chamber. A shells may be loaded into the chamber and the barrel pivoted back to close the action. The act to "break in" a shotgun means to fire it a few times to loosen it up.
A 41 magnum caliber revolver will shoot 410 gauge shotgun shells but is not recommended. The shot will lead the barrel rifling. There are also adaptors you can put in a shotgun that allow you to fire pistol/rifle ammunition.
Most commercially available shotgun shells come in boxes of 25.