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Thread: Came home with a new to me USED H&R 10 ga shotgun, single shot Magnum 3-1/2"

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    Came home with a new to me USED H&R 10 ga shotgun, single shot Magnum 3-1/2"

    Now what to do with it??? It's not all that pretty but the metal and wood are in excellent condition and got a fair deal on it. The 10ga attracted me right away. When I saw how much metal there is in the barrel I immediately thought CHOP !


    I'm sure there are no options for it, it is what it is. If cut down to say the obligitory 18.250" barrel length for a protection piece, what would the pattern be like with something like BB or 00 buck? I've found both to be readily available loads online.

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    Pics of this beast, tough to get into frame with 36" barrel






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    Aw man, you are going to love it as is, about the most fun you can have with clothes on is shooting that 36" tube with #3 steel shot. I found it groups pretty good in my gun, #4 and #6 group pretty good too but at 25 yards 00 sucks. A big old donut around the target a German shepherd could walk through without damage. You cut half the barrel off and I think you will find that it isn't fun to shoot anymore. You will really want all that metal out in front of you unless you are a whole lot tougher than I am. Goose or boogermen, #3 will be a fine load.

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    LOL

    Thanks Old Grump!!! You're right about cutting it down, I do want to enjoy shooting it at least for a while. I'm sure it will draw some attention. When I got it home and the 3.5" magnum began registering I started questioning the CHOP idea but it keeps coming back. She is safe for now. Thanks for the #3 load advice

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    Are the 36 inch barrels "rare"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mriddick View Post
    Are the 36 inch barrels "rare"?
    Not on goose guns. Somehow it just seems to be a really good idea when you are shooting a single shot 10 gauge.

    I found this if you have a Remington

    Deluxe 36” - Remington Model 870 or 1100 with factory sights, sleeved, match chamber, blued ........................................ $495

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    No I'm talking about the 36 inch 10 ga H&R's..

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    They can't be that special for $75+tax. But then again I was talking with a good ol'boy who said the goose hunters still like them and look for the 36"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infidelski View Post
    They can't be that special for $75+tax. But then again I was talking with a good ol'boy who said the goose hunters still like them and look for the 36"
    You might be surprised...

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    I have had 2 10ga or 3.5in 12ga I love that caliber its hell on geese! one was a SBS ithica the other my mossburt 28in semi http://www.mossberg.com/images/Mossb...w/82034.jpgman does that leave a mark .

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    I use to have one with extra full choke. Very devastating gun.
    I am sitting in my angry chair!

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    How surprised could I be, hopefully VERY? So far I've seen them as high as $150 online and hear tell that the serious goosers may go $250 or more...


    How does one measure choke on a 10ga????

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    I think 10 gauges measure between .760 and .790, you'll have to use calipers to verify what you have but I'd suspect it's full choke with a 36 inch barrel.

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    Mine is full choke and I suspect that is precisely why it doesn't like buckshot. Up to #3 shot the patterns are nice and tight but anything bigger than that is pretty bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mriddick View Post
    I think 10 gauges measure between .760 and .790, you'll have to use calipers to verify what you have but I'd suspect it's full choke with a 36 inch barrel.
    A true 10 gauge bore should measure 0.775".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gunreference1 View Post
    A true 10 gauge bore should measure 0.775".

    Steve
    I was referring to choke at the muzzle not the bore size (and yes I know it's more then just the restriction at the muzzle)

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    Now that sounds like a great toy!! Congrats!!

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    Full choke will be between .735 to .745 depending on whether its a light full, full or extra full choke. Since it's a modern barrel it has the long tapered choke for steel shot and since it's designed for long range fowl shooting I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that we have a .740 or .735 choke. I don't really have a way to measure so it's a guess on my part.

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