September 20, 2012, 04:29 PM
Short of using BP does anyone have any suggestions on reloads for a 10ga Winchester Mod 87 (Original) shotgun. Just looking for some light loads to shoot. TrailBoss perhaps or any other suggestions welcomed
September 20, 2012, 04:38 PM
They were all black-powder proofed, and that or Pyrodex loads is all I would use.
They were considered by Winchester to be too weak for the new smokeless loads of the time, and they weren't hot loads by todays standards.
September 20, 2012, 08:46 PM
I have a first year production model 1887 in a 12 gage, that I used in Cowboy Action for several years, and only shot those Winchester low noise-low recoil rounds. They are very light 26 gram load, the velocity listed is about 975 fps, and I shot hundreds of rounds through it with no ill effects. You may have to figure out a similer load for your 10 gage. Today I still have that 87',and wouldn't be affraid to shoot it, but sence other manufacturers have made reproductions of this gun, I have gone to shooting one of them. Be aware that some 1887's had damascas barrels (on special order) and if that were the case, then I would not shoot it, period! If you have a steel barrel, make sure its not heavily pitted, if so I'd say no, but light pitting (like mine) shouldn't be a problem. Another thing is the chamber, and in those days the cartridges were shorter, so you my have to have the chamber reamed to the proper depth, like I did. Best advice I can offer, is to have it checked over by a good smith, and let them have the finial say. LM
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