vintage american large bore fowler

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  1. Jan 9, 2019 #81

    morb

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    yes it needs some tlc but it is solid, first thing i want to do is remove the nipple and see what things look like. anyone have suggestions on removing a rusted on nipple?
     
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    It's been fun watching you blokes have a wrastlin' match over this, highly entertaining. Since it's cylinder bored I'd shoot 2f in it, you're less likely to blow your pattern. You'll probably need a felt cushion wad as well. I never shot any 1f, but it should work well too.
    I have been able to shoot 3f in guns with a jug choke with good patterns, jugs are very forgiving, they'll shoot about anything well.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2019 #83

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    glad your having fun :) i have a can of 2f, can't get 1f around here. hopefully the weather is a little warmer than -30 this weekend i want to get out and try 'er out. any advise on removing a rusted nipple?
     
  4. Jan 10, 2019 #84

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    To All,

    Speaking of LARGE-BORE, shoulder-fired ML "smoothies", about a decade ago (and perhaps NOW, though I've not been in DC in several years) The Smithsonian's "1896 exhibit" had a single-barrel shotgun with about a 1.25 inch bore.
    I asked a staff-member about it & was told that it was NOT a "punt gun" but was made to be shoulder-fired (presumably by a LARGE shooter) & that it weighed over 15#.

    I don't think that such a "fire-breathing BEAST" would be FUN to shoot with powder & shot.

    yours, satx
     
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  5. Jan 10, 2019 #85

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    Before you attempted anything double check the bore to see there is not a load left in it often happens .To remove the nipple use some rust solvent in the bore not too much and leave for a few days and try and remove the nipple with a nipple key which is a safe way .
    Feltwad
     
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  6. Jan 10, 2019 #86

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    I ended up with a very similar 12 gauge in a trade deal a few years back...32" barrel, the lock is crisp, and it appears to be in "unmolested" condition. s.g.image8.jpeg s.g.image2.jpeg s.g.image7.jpeg
     
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  7. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:12 AM #87

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    thanks feltwad, that was the first thing i done, prove it unloaded. i have it soaking in some penetrating oil now. i'll be taking the lock apart soon to clean it out as well.
     
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  8. Jan 11, 2019 at 12:19 AM #88

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    wow very nice do you shoot it? one thing i didn't notice right away is the ram rod is tapered with a cap on the small end with a screw on the the cap, not sure if that is a standard thing with these smooth bores
     
  9. Jan 11, 2019 at 7:51 AM #89

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    Most ramrod tips are of that shape ,those which are drilled with hole for the ramrod right thru have a internal fluted end which is then wedged with a tapered hardwood wedge ,those that are only drilled so far and still remain the brass end are fastened by a pin which is drilled from wall to wall through the ram rod and fastened with pin which the ends are riveted , you will always notice that this type the ends is concaved which is to make it easy to seat the wad and also is helps in seating a ball central in the bore .
    Feltwad
     
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  10. Jan 11, 2019 at 3:10 PM #90

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    Not much of a hunter, so no, I've never fired it, but wouldn't hesitate if there was a need since it's in really solid condition. I was thinking about putting it on gun broker. I'd say this was intended to be more of a rabbit gun due to the fairly short barrel.
     
  11. Jan 13, 2019 at 2:20 AM #91

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    not sure if anyone is interested or not but i stripped the fowler down today and gave it a good cleaning. i took the lock off and was surprised how good it looked inside, here's a pic
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  12. Jan 14, 2019 at 2:07 AM #92

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    Nice...I have an old gun made in 1876, I pulled the lock and it looked/looks brand new. That one looks very good.
     
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  13. Jan 14, 2019 at 2:15 AM #93

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    i fired it few times today, used a 12 gauge load and it was flawless, was a real hoot shooting it. just have to figure out the right diameter to make the wads, i think i got it since it worked...
     
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