Thread: riverside arms?
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Old August 11, 2011, 12:00 AM   #8
Scorch
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I wouldn't. 12 gauge shotguns prior to about 1900 were pretty much all for black powder 2-1/2" or 2-5/8" shells, and even if built for 2-3/4" shells it is not made for the pressures common with smokeless loads. The receiver itself is iron, as you can see from the color of the bluing. That was never a high-quality shotgun, so its condition is questionable. I would say no to firing it.
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