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1855 Colt 10 gauge revolving shotgun

tennmiketennmike Senior MemberPosts: 27,300 Senior Member
I think I want one! Sure looks like it would be fun to shoot. Never knew that a revolving shotgun like this existed.

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  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
  • FreezerFreezer Senior Member Posts: 1,739 Senior Member
    That's interesting! What would the typical charge be? 00 Buck?
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,778 Senior Member
    Freezer said:
    That's interesting! What would the typical charge be? 00 Buck?
    Loading that thing with 10 gauge punkin balls would be impressive...
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,639 Senior Member
    Where are you going to put your left hand?  Ouch!
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  • Elk creekElk creek Senior Member Posts: 6,437 Senior Member
    Hey Cimarron! You payin’ attention? 
    Aim higher, or get a bigger gun.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 7,762 Senior Member
    I think you should buy it and invite the forum over to watch you shoot it. :)
    Jerry

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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,300 Senior Member
    Freezer said:
    That's interesting! What would the typical charge be? 00 Buck?

    IIRC, my 12 ga. double barrel percussion shotgun uses 90 grains of FFg for a 1 1/8 oz. shot charge. I'd guess the 10 gauge would use a similar load.
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  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,300 Senior Member
    Gene L said:
    Where are you going to put your left hand?  Ouch!

    Next  to my right hand on the stock wrist. Chain fires are a possibility. :#
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 8,160 Senior Member
    Probably pretty hard to run that thing fast enough to double on the dove opener, but you'd sure get style points for showing up with one. B) 
    Elk creek said:
    Hey Cimarron! You payin’ attention? 
    Hee!  I'd love to see that, and shoot one for the experience. That thing is a dodo bird that ended up on the ash heap of history for many and good reasons, but they didn't know that at the time.  Always fun to play with the "steps-to-how-we-got-here" guns.
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  • Gene LGene L Senior Member Posts: 11,639 Senior Member
    tennmike said:
    Freezer said:
    That's interesting! What would the typical charge be? 00 Buck?

    IIRC, my 12 ga. double barrel percussion shotgun uses 90 grains of FFg for a 1 1/8 oz. shot charge. I'd guess the 10 gauge would use a similar load.
    You can verify the load by checking a modern box and seeing the Drams Equiv.  90 grains is 2.30 drams equivalent of BP so sounds like you're in the zone.
    Concealed carry is for protection, open carry is for attention.
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,434 Senior Member
    Could you use pellets to load it? Would that eliminate the chainfire scenario? 
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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 16,778 Senior Member
    Greased fiber wads or grease over the shot charge. Just like a cap& ball revolver...
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    I wonder if a newsprint wad with a cardboard base to hold the shot would give good patterns.
  • tennmiketennmike Senior Member Posts: 27,300 Senior Member
    I wonder if a newsprint wad with a cardboard base to hold the shot would give good patterns.

    For my 12 gauge double, I use a normal over shot card wad the same as for rolled crimp shotshells. They work just fine and give good pattern control.

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  • Lonewolf-PeruLonewolf-Peru Member Posts: 417 Member
    tennmike said:

    Never knew that a revolving shotgun like this existed

    ...you can see it in action in John Wayne's "El Dorado" film



  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 12,434 Senior Member
    tennmike said:

    Never knew that a revolving shotgun like this existed

    ...you can see it in action in John Wayne's "El Dorado" film



    I just watched that the other night, I thought that was a carbine and not a shotgun. Some pretty ladies in that movie, Uff-da.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
    The Forgotten Weapons video shows the orginals had the destinctive 'C' 'O' 'L' 'T' four click lockwork. Music of a special kind to those infected with the spirit of gunsmoke past. I could actually hear the careful hand fitted machinery singing sweetly in the video.
  • earlyagainearlyagain Posts: 6,748 Senior Member
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