Sweet 16

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  1. Jul 8, 2018 #1

    Ron LaClair

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    I've got two 20ga and one 12ga smoothbores, I'm having a 46" 16ga being built, anyone have a 16 and how do you like it :idunno:
     
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    I have the Officer's Model made by North Star West which is a 16 ga. I shoot mostly round ball with mine. 60 grains 3f goex, and a .648 round ball with a .010 spit patch. I really enjoy mine.
     
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    I have a homemade with a Don Getz barrel, 44".
    Also another 42" barrel to stock up.
    I like the 16 better than a 20 because they are most often lighter than the latter, and also lighter than a 12. Lightness is V important in a sporting gun, but not so important in a smooth rifle.
     
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    I own a 44” Colerain cyl bore 16 gauge made by Tip Curtis.

    I had a rotator cuff repair surgery shortly after buying it so I haven’t been able to put in as much time in load development as I would like.

    My bore mics at .653 and the only RB ”˜s I have found for it are .626, as far as shot loads ... it seems to shoot better with lighter powder loads pushing more shot.

    Are you getting the bore choked ?

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    Ron LaClair

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    The barrel is a 46" Colerain on a 20ga profile. I bought the barrel online and had it shipped to Pecatonica to be inlayed into a French style walnut stock. It will have a LH French & Indian lock by Stan Hollenbaugh. A good friend is very talented is going to finish off the gun and hopefully I'll be hunting with it be squirrel season in September.

    I just had a total shoulder replacement three weeks ago on the arm that will be holding up the gun. It's coming along good so I know it will be ready come fall.

    PS, no choke in the barrel
     
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    Can't help you with experience using a 16. I've had 11, 14 and 20 ga. smoothies. It's possible to love them all for their individual characteristics. You seem to love smoothies and I believe adding a new member to the family will be a lot of fun for you. Go fer it, enjoy and keep us up to date on yer experience with it.
     
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    I can't wait to see pictures!!
     
  8. Jul 11, 2018 #8

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    I think a 653 bore is closer to a 17ga. I miked my bore and it's 660. Track of the wolf has 648 RB's for 16ga that I'm going to order.

    I've got a Tip Curtis 48" 20ga barrel, I haven't miked it yet, I hope it's near to the same size as my other two 20's
     
  9. Jul 11, 2018 #9

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    Love my Mike Brooks 16 gauge (42" swamped octagon to round, flame walnut, 7 lbs).

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    I think it's the perfect upland gun that can be pressed to whitetail service with a round ball. I'm afraid I've neglected my .54 Lehigh since she came home.
     
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    I have often wondered why the 16 fell out of vogue. My brother got a 26 when I was a kid. It was his first shot gun. When I got old enough I wanted one, this was about 1972, and a 26 was not to be found.
    A few years later I got in to ML, and sure enough there are 20s and 12s, 16s ain’t hens teeth but still cute when you can find one.
     
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    That's a sweet lookin sweet 16 Stump,I should have my French & Indian lock from Stan Hollenbaugh next week and then we can start building mine.
     
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    I believe the 16 lost it's following when modern shotshells improved to the point where 20 ga. became more effective. There simply was no need for the in between size of a 16. That mindset has carried over into the ml realm. That's my :2 FWIW.
     
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    You very well may be right Rifleman but the muzzleloading smoothbore to us (me anyway) is a versatile gun that shoots both shot and roundball. I had a 28ga but regretfully sold it. Now I have a 12ga, two 20's and I have room in my rack for a 16. That should keep me from getting bored....for awhile :wink:

    At my age,..82, I have to have something to look forward to, something that makes me feel excited and want to jump out of bed in the morning. :grin:
     
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    I'm with you, at my age, 79 and only three months from 80, with three heart surgeries, bad kidneys, and a tumor removed from my spinal cord, I kinda got down on myself. Had to give up my shooting for a long time but that is resuming. And, good news is, I have something happening (ml-wise) that makes me feel like an excited kid again. More on this project will come later. :grin:
     
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    Like the sound of her husband's car coming up the driveway? :hatsoff:

    Keep us posted on the project.

    We're getting a nine-week old puppy Saturday. That will be getting me out of bed a couple times a night for the next six weeks or so. :headslap:
     
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    Like the sound of her husband's car coming up the driveway? :hatsoff:

    Keep us posted on the project.
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    Ron, I can't wait to see the finished product!
     
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    Man that's gorgeous! Ol' Mike sure can build a smoothie!
     
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    My brother says that: "a 16 kicks like a 12, but hits like a 20". But my brother is kind of weird.
     
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    Here she is, her name is "Matilda" Fusil Fine, 46" 16ga

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