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Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Lash3006, Oct 22, 2018.
Anyone know where I can buy a single shot 10 gauge shotgun at? Looked online everywhere, thanks!
Unless you have a very specific need, then do yourself a favor and quit looking. Recoil is MASSIVE. I shot one once. No thanks. Big, heavy, but ridiculous recoil. The gas operated 10s eat recoil and are still not pleasant. The singles just hurt.
Unless its for a wall hanger, I wouldn't even want to be near such a beast.
Perhaps he has truckload of them fancy RST 1&1/8 to 1&3/8oz shells?
Answer you will have to find second hand H&R. Good luck.
I have a like new savage right around 25 years old only shot 2 times first shot was from my older brother first owner
I'm the second owner also shot it one time save your money look for a 12ga
My grandmother had one with a 32” barrel for goose hunting. No thanks. I’d rather shoot a semi-auto 10 gauge than a 3.5” shell through a 12 gauge semi though.
I kept the newspaper ad for a while, but someone locally posted one for sale in the classifieds several years ago. "Fired one time", along with 24 unused rounds in the description.
A 12 ga with a 3.5" chamber will do the same thing on game and ammo is a lot cheaper and easier to find. Just be aware, recoil in a light shotgun with either the 10 or 3.5" 12 EXCEEDS 458 WM recoil. There is nothing I want to kill bad enough to put up with that much recoil unless it is capable of and desperately trying to kill me 1st.
Have a shoulder you want dislocated? I shot a 10 ga. SxS and that had painful recoil. No thanks. I agree with everyone else here, you don't want one. Get a semi-auto 3.5" 12 ga. if you feel you need a goose gun.
My neighbor and turkey hunting buddy has a 10ga H&R. He killed a few turkeys with it, but he uses a 3" 20ga now.
I havent seen his 10ga in years.
I was looking for one a bit back after an IV8888 vid I watched. (of course). I did see one go on GB for 350 dollars. In the end I scrapped the idea but while researching I did find the differences between the 10 ga and the 3.5” 12 gauge to be a whole lot of not much.
Unless you gottahaveit, maybe a 3.5 12 ga single would also fill your needs it would be easier to find the gun and ammo for it.
I’ve shot two 10 gauge semi’s, a Browning Gold and a Remington SP-10. Assuming equal fit both have considerably less felt recoil than any 3.5” load shot from a semi-auto 12. The reason is weight, especially the SP-10 which weighs a svelte 10.5-11 pounds. I also don’t know this for a fact but have heard from knowledgeable people that 10 gauges as a rule pattern better than 3.5” 12’s.
I have one of the original Ithaca Mag 10's that was the predecessor to the Remington SP10. Not a bad shooter on the geese fields, I even shot a few slugs through it just to say I did. 2oz lead slugs ain't nothin' to sneeze at. Put 3 shots into a paper plate at 50 yards with just the vent rib barrel. Seeing as how I haven't hunted waterfowl for about 20 years it just sets in the safe.
I had a H&R 10 single in the late 70's. It was like a sewer pipe on a stump for a stock. Swung terribly. I shot 3 1/2 and 2 7/8 shells through it. I sold it to a rather large friend. He had it for awhile. He sold it to his brother-in-law. Who sold it to ??? It was a bad idea that you just had to own once.
I picked up a New England Firearms single shot 10ga from a member here about 3-4 years ago. I paid $220 I believe. I have to say the recoil isn't bad at all. I don't think its any more than a regular 12ga. You have to remember that the 10ga weighs substantially more than the same gun is 12ga. The barrel is much heavier.
I keep it by the back door to take out coyotes. With the full choke and 3.5" lead BB shot it really reaches out there. I'm sure you could do the same with 3.5" 12ga but I like keeping these old calibers alive!
If you must prove your manhood, if you review the above answers to your question, you may find one of the above boys willing to sell their shot-only-a-few-times 10 gauge.
Let us know how it shoots.
They don’t kick as bad as people will tell you.
My 24” 3.5” 12 gauge single shot is much worse than my buddy’s 10.
I have one. A late 1800s CS Shattuck, Hatfield, MA, which was given to me by my great uncle, a former market hunter. It is a single barrel, damascus barrelled no forend shotgun with two triggers, the front of which opens it. I bought a few hundred 2 7/8" primed cases from Herters back in '75 and loaded them with black powder, card and fiber wads and about an ounce and three eighths of shot. Killed a goose and won the cartridge division of the WSA summer black powder shoot. Sent a pic to my uncle of me, the gun, and the trophy which he got just a few months before he passed. He said he was sorry he couldn't give me the brass cases, decoys, and loading tools in a wood chest but they'd been stolen during the '64 riots in Detroit.
I have shot one, and I had three BPS 10 gauges before tungsten shot came along. They kick but it isn't that bad. A Benelli Super Black Eagle One with a wooden stock and 3.5" 12 gauge loads was the single worst kicking gun I have ever shot - worse than a Mossberg 835 pump. For big birds with big steel shot, NOTHING beats the ten gauge. A lot of swans and geese in North Carolina learned that.
I've fired one several times. A buddy loaned me one, don't remember the make, and a half box of shells to shoot some geese with. I think he was hoping I'd buy it. This was in the early days of steel shot before the 3" 12ga loads were greatly improved and before 3 1/2" 12ga existed. I will say, it DID kill the hell out of geese vs. the very lackluster 12ga 2 3/4" magnum steel from my 1100. The shells looked like big roman candles, if I remember right they were stuffed with T shot. They were extremely unpleasant to shoot, but again, they killed geese. I'd actually kind of like to find one cheaply myself, just to have as a "dare" gun when I'm shooting with some buddies. Would also be a lot of fun with a full house load of buffered BB lead on my local coyotes.
If you are still looking you can usually see 2 or 3 at the gun show in Tulsa coming next weekend.
There are seven currently on Gunbroker. The 36" Sarasquetta Zephyr would be my choice.
Picked up mine before H&R stopped selling 'em. I like it for geese. It patterns over 90 percent on a 30" 40 yard pattern target. With 3.5" steel Ts, it just plain works. It kicks far less than my 3.5" 12 gauge Mossberg 535 because it weighs a full 9 lbs. I've tossed 23 rounds out of it in a good morning of goose hunting and, while my shoulder was a little sore the next day, I quite enjoyed the experience.
I agree 100%.
When my wife and I were dating, her father had a H&R single shot 10 gauge and I didn't want to seem like a sissy, so I went with him and shot it a few times with slugs. It kicked pretty good, no doubt.
Fast forward about 15 years and I traded my way into a Mossberg 535. The guy who traded it to me had a box of 3.5" turkey loads with only two rounds gone. I said, "Man, that's almost a whole box." He chuckled. The first time I ever pulled the trigger with one of those, I realized why he chuckled. That thing was absolutely brutal.
Yep, first 3.5" I test fired in that Mossberg was enough. LOL! I gave the rest of the box to a friend when they came down to hunt geese. Still have the gun, have used it on ducks with 2 3/4" loads. I handload for the 10 to keep cost down and, being a single shot, it makes me place my shots rather than spray and pray. I do keep a spare round in my hand and have reloaded fast enough to finish off a cripple before. But, I've yet to pull a double...still working on it.
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