The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Dave McCracken Memorial Shotgun Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old February 9, 2013, 11:04 AM   #1
jaughtman
Senior Member
 
Join Date: March 2, 2010
Posts: 758
Shooting old shotguns.....

For nostalgia sake, once a year I break out my old 1910 Ithaca (Flues) SxS in the dove field. I feel that a few shots of modern #8's won't blow it up....especially since it sat dormant for 25+ years until I refinshed it - old but not a lot of shells put through it. Anyone else have an antique they occasionally still hunt with?

J
jaughtman is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 11:08 AM   #2
BigD_in_FL
Junior member
 
Join Date: December 20, 2012
Location: The "Gunshine State"
Posts: 1,981
As long as the Ithaca has 2-3/4" chambers and not 2-1/2 or 2-9/16 and steel barrels, you should be OK. Several gents I shoot with have guns from 1905 to 1929 that they bring out now and again - they are very nice and still smoke the clays when the shooter does his part
BigD_in_FL is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 03:17 PM   #3
eastbank
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 7, 2008
Location: pa.
Posts: 1,121
i own and shoot several older double barreled shotguns,but my favorite is a remington model 1900 12ga 2-2/4 steel barrels 32 'long F&F. i have shot a 24/25 at the trap range with modest reloaded trap shells. eastbank.
eastbank is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 03:47 PM   #4
Hawg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 8, 2007
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 11,808
I don't hunt with them but I've got several old doubles I play with. Some I load short black powder shells for and one is an 1850ish muzzle loader. The best one is an old L.C. Smith 00 grade.
Hawg is offline  
Old February 9, 2013, 10:14 PM   #5
PetahW
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 19, 2008
Posts: 4,679
.

FWIW, I'd NEVER put ANY modern loads through my Ithaca Flues, since the reason the Flues Models are so light is that the inside of the receiver/fame is cut out for the cocking mechanism, and not strong enough for any modern ammo made after 1925, when two things happened:

1) All the ammo companies changed/upgraded shotgun loads significantly, from previous loadings, with different/newer powders w/diferent pressure curves, etc.

2) Ithaca discontinued the Flues Model, due to point 1 above, in favor of the much stronger N.I.D. (New Ithaca Double).

That's not to say I don't shoot/hunt with my Flues - I do - but I use specialty (commercial) low-pressure shotshells from the likes of RST, PolyWad, Kent, GameBore & others - I prefer the RST loads, mostly because it's available locally.


.
PetahW is offline  
Old February 11, 2013, 01:08 AM   #6
Slugo
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 15, 2001
Location: Central PA
Posts: 1,007
try low compression shells from RST. Safe for most all old guns...

http://www.rstshells.com/
__________________
Sometimes wrong, but never in doubt...
Slugo is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:36 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.08013 seconds with 7 queries