View Full Version : Any 10 gauge fans?

August 31, 2009, 12:59 AM
Just wondering if anybody else here is as fond of the 10. I've got a SxS and an SP-10 that help gaurd the homefront and a BPS that I don't have a use for yet. Anyone?

August 31, 2009, 01:10 AM
yep ,,i have a sxs,,,26" barrels,,choke tubes,,,a real killing machine,,,it has NEVER let me down


August 31, 2009, 01:39 AM
I know what you mean. Grandpa called mine a death ray after I oblitered a coyote with both barrels of 00 buck at 15 or so paces. My SxS has 21 inch tubes and I've thought about choke tubes, but it just sits by the sofa when I'm home so I suppose it doesn't need them. My house I'd tiny and I've recreated the furthest shot at a piece of sheet rock, and the patterns about 6 inches across. So I suppose the chokes are useless for me.

roy reali
August 31, 2009, 06:51 AM
My house I'd tiny and I've recreated the furthest shot at a piece of sheet rock, and the patterns about 6 inches across.

You practice shooting your "ten" in your home? :eek:

August 31, 2009, 07:47 AM
I've recreated the furthest shot at a piece of sheet rock
"recreated" sounds like pacing off the distance in home and setting up sheet rock outdoors to pattern the gun...:D;)

August 31, 2009, 09:46 AM
damn Mike,,a ten for a couch gun,,,,I bet that would give you a headache,,,LOL

did someone cut that double down or did it come that way??? 21 seems like an odd no. for the barrel length on a SxS,,,,but i like it,,,i bet there is one hellofa ball of fire at night when you touch her off,,,lol,,,,don't set the couch on fire


August 31, 2009, 02:49 PM
Good call Brent. idiots always dump garbage at the gravel pit where I shoot so there are lots of targets of opportunity. Paced off the house then backed off a piece of sheetrock at the gravel pit.
Ocharry- I had them cut to that length along time ago. It had 32s and not being a fowler, I had it done like a coach gun. 21 was where it looked "balanced". I'd planned on shorter but it looks proportioned at 21. If you give me your email, ill let you see the gun.

September 1, 2009, 12:43 AM
Could you just post a picture?

I'm sure the rest of us would like to see it too.

September 1, 2009, 11:15 AM
i was gona send you a PM until kozak said he wanted to see it too,,and i still can send one with my e-mule

yeah i know what you mean about the balance thing,,my old double that i used for cowboy action is cut to 24" looks good handles good,,,i had to cut it because of the barrels being out of regulation,,,IIRC the left barrel was out of whack,,,it would pattern about 3 feet right,,,i don't know what happened to it but it looked like it came out of the soldering fixture like that,,,,took around 6" off the barrels,,,2" at a time,, to get it to hit where i was looking,,,,it's an old AYA,,nice old shot gun

i also have another one that is cut to 24",,it's a hammer gun i got for cowboy stuff too and seems like that 24 no. just works for me,,,this one is of russian manufacture from the 30's,,it even has chrome bores,,nice old gun

so what is the maker of your gun??


Evyl Robot
September 1, 2009, 01:42 PM
I'd love to have a 10-ga coach! I've never shot a 10, but I bet I would love it. My wife tells me I'm a recoil masochist! :D +1 on posting pics of your gun!

September 1, 2009, 02:25 PM
I had a Remington SP-10. I bought it because I wanted a nice 10 gauge but had no particular use for it. I started turkey hunting with it. It patterned as nicely as any gun could possibly pattern, better than any 3.5" 12 I had. The weight and action kept the recoil very manageable. And it wasn't as loud as my 3.5" 12s. But it was very heavy and I ended up selling it. But it was a very nice gun - overbuilt IMO. That was a gun that would have lasted a lifetime even with heavy use.

September 1, 2009, 02:44 PM
Since y'all wanna see this thing, I'll try posting some pictures. Some ratty cell pics are all I can do, but you guys will get the gist of it. the one of its eyes is blurry, but looks good still. Ocharry, its a Stoeger Zephyr

September 1, 2009, 02:47 PM
Micropterus_ Yes they are a hunk of gun thats for sure. I bought mine for 400 hundred from an old goose hunter. Lots of finish wear but strong as a vault. Its off with a friend with a mountain lion problem now, or I'd throw some pics of that one up too.

September 1, 2009, 02:53 PM
Like that coach gun. Stoeger Zephyr. Are they currently available? How much does it weigh? Other 10 ga. SXSs?

September 1, 2009, 02:57 PM
Thanks! It's a custom job, it wore 32 inchers originally. there's some used ones floating around. It's Spanish and out of production as far as I know. Much handier now. According to the bathroom scale, it weighs right at 10lbs.

September 1, 2009, 03:05 PM
I have an old Ithaca Mag 10 (30"), a Winchester 1887 (1901 Model) lever gun (28"), a single shot (36") and a SxS (30") for smokeless and a SxS and fowler in BP...I once had a bolt action with a 36" barrel but I gave it away to my unsuspecting cousin...

The only one I use it the Ithaca for pass shooting geese and I'll sometimes uses the SxS for geese as well but it kicks like a mule...

The BP guns are pussycats to shoot, even with heavy loads of FFG...

My uncle still has the 10 Bore double rifle his father used in Africa on Safari in the 1950s...16 lbs of sheer killing power pushing an ounce and a half projectile at (around) 1,750 fps...It really knocks down moose!

September 1, 2009, 03:12 PM
Seekher-The 10 bore rifle sounds like fun. I've thought of getting some rifled slugs for mine, but never have gotten around to it.
And for everyone following along, I feel like a tool. The barrel are 20 inches, not 21. Coulda sworn they were cut to 21, but I just measured them. Oopsy.

September 1, 2009, 04:19 PM
I just inherited an AYA Matador 10 guage, I've got no real use for it, it's a nice gun though. I may end up sellin it.

September 2, 2009, 04:37 AM
hey mike that's a nice cannon you got there

my 10 is american arms turkey special,,i love that gun,,,when i got it i patterned it at 60yrds. ,,it will give 94% in a 30" circle with full choke tubes,,with federal buffered copper 6's,,,it's a turkey killin machine

Nickanto,,let me know if you want to let go of that ol gun,,i may be interested


September 3, 2009, 01:09 PM
Thanks ocharry. She's seen alot of hard use in the past. Not much anymore, she just stands guard. That's a nice pattern from that AA, mine used to be something like that before it got turned into a coach. I'd like to find a beater o/u and do it up the same way, but I've never seen one around and I have no job at the moment. Hopefully that will change as I have an interview this afternoon.

September 3, 2009, 07:42 PM
orharry - Ive also got the american arms turkey special in 10 ga sxs. I searched for a long time for a 10 ga sxs that wasnt 100 years old. I don't think there are really any in production currently. I happened to stumble upon mine at a Gander Mountain of all places about 4 years ago. These guns are downright awesome for turkey or anything else for that matter. First animal I shot with mine was a mangy cyote at 70 yards with #5 turkey shot. DRT. I couldn't beleive it. Ive shot many cyotes and it takes a lot to put one down right there. Have a buddy that was there as witness. Lot of our other hunting friends wouldn't beleive it till they got the story from both of us.

Dead Eye
September 3, 2009, 09:31 PM
I have a BPS 10 GA. I still duck/goose hunt with it from time to time. When I don't have to carry the heavy thing in it's okay....but I take my SBE anytime I have to walk to the pit. I tried to turkey hunt with it once but I can't handle the Mag turkey loads. It's a beast. I shot it sitting on the ground with my back against the tree and about seperated my shoulder.

September 4, 2009, 05:06 AM
hope you get that job mike,,not a good time to be without,,fur sure

misterE,,that's funny cuz i did about the same thing,,,my ol huntin pardner and i broke out on a haul road one afternoon and up ahead of us was,,you guessed it ol wyly,,i had 6's in both tubs,,so real gently i broke the ol gal open and slipped in(mind out of the gutter here) a pair of buffered copper 2's,,,i guess ol wyly was about 70-75 yrds,,,,knocked him off his feet about 5feet sideways,,he never moved,,,you're right DRT,,i still laugh at my buds expression,,,his mouth hangin open,,,all he said was holly sh,,,,t that thang should be illegal,,,,LOL,,we still get a good laugh about that one

all i got to say is them 3 1/2" arm breakers aint got nuttin on them big 10's when it comes to killin

this one of mine really likes federal buffered copper

i have had it for prolly 20 years,,,got it new,,i wouldn't take 3 times what i payed for it

that's my story,,,and my .02


September 4, 2009, 11:46 PM
Its good to see other fans of the big 10. Most people around here have never even seen one.I need an 8 gauge now. Lol. Off the tangent, I have a 3rd interview next weds. All three for the same job. Its worth it, but the waiting is killing me.

October 21, 2009, 02:05 AM
I have a buddy with a SXS and a single shot 10. When it comes to be goose killing time the 12 guage simply doesnt compare. Those shoulder fired cannons are really amazing guns.

I would love to have an SP-10 for shooting geese but then I would have to buy another gun for upland birds so I will likely end up shooting a 3.5" 12 guage for my next goose gun but someday I will be able to afford several shotguns and I will definitely have a space in the safe for a 10.

roy reali
October 21, 2009, 06:15 AM
I would love to have an SP-10 for shooting geese but then I would have to buy another gun for upland birds

Why? You could use the SP-10 for upland birds.:D

October 21, 2009, 10:59 AM
Currently the only 10 I have is my truck gun. Single shot Stevens cut to 18" + a little. It also serves double duty as my range commando shutter upper.

I am looking for a reasonably priced 10ga sxs though.


October 21, 2009, 03:44 PM
I am a fan of ol' 10ga!:D

October 21, 2009, 04:00 PM
Yeah, I want to get one. I have a lot of shotguns, but not a 10 in the bunch. Probably get something simple like an H&R single. Just something to have fun with once in a while. I see plenty of 10 gauge shotshells at Academy, so ammo is no problem.