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Discussion in 'Smoothbore' started by Zonie, Aug 28, 2019.
I have one with screw in chokes. They are the same as regular Winchester tubes.
I have a TC New Englander single shot 12 gauge with choke tubes. Properly loaded, it will run with any modern 12 gauge turkey gun out there. I regularly shoot solid turkey killing patterns at 40 yards with it. It is a pain to load; load the powder, take out the choke, load the wad/wads/shotcup, load the shot, load the OP wad, replace the choke tube. I have super full, full, modified, and cylinder choke tubes for it. I had a .54 rifle barrel with scope base for a while, but I let it go to someone who needed it more than I. The smooth bore is not going anywhere soon.
Forgot to mention, my New Englander is left handed.
the first is a new englander 12gauge , cylinder bore . the other is a 20 gauge made from a t/c Pennsylvania stock , and a Sharon octagon to round flintlock barrel , converted to percussion . both have killed deer, rabbits and squirrels. their both light , and have straight stocks with the amount of drop I like .
weitzfc, both guns look sweet. Thanks for sharing.
I have an early kit that I had jug choked and a .50 rifle barrel that swaps out. Great little shotgun/rifle.
Yeah my dad has a lefty NE in .54. It's great since whenever he went BP hunting with me, I'd bring my .54 New Englander as a backup. He's not "Mr. Mechanically Inclined" so if something went FUBAR on his rifle, he could shoot my right-hander. He was a little apprehensive of the "backup plan" I had, but I asked him if he'd fired a SxS caplock shotgun with the lock on the same side of his face...,
I bought the 12ga choke tube accessory barrel for my NE, and later bought a Tree Hawk with cylinder bore shotgun barrel only. I've found them easy to load and very forgiving, BUT, I use (2) 10ga wonder wads over the powder and a single overshot card. This works with choke tubes or not.
Felt wads from Ballistic Products lightly lubed should do as well as the wonder wads.
I have had both New Englanders (screw in choke and no choke) versions. A friend talked me out of the choked one, but I hunt regularly with the other one.
75 gr volume of ffg, three over shot wads, 90 gr volume 7-1/2 shot and one more over shot wad. Shots like a champ!
I have a New Englander with an aftermarket octagon to round 12 gauge barrel on it. Few minor handling marks but the barrel is bright and clean, no choke tubes. Shot low for the previous owner and he "JB welded" a block on the breach.
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