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New (or rather really old) Use For Shotguns

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Praxis, Apr 13, 2006.

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  1. Praxis

    Praxis Member

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    Just had to share this tidbit of firearms history. I'm a graduate student by day working on a dissertation on the railroad industry. Today while looking at material on the Central Pacific Railroad of California I found a great story.

    Apparently the CP had problems with giant icicles (3-4 feet thick) forming at the mouth of its tunnels in the Sierra Nevadas in the 1870s. They damaged trains and blocked the tracks. To solve the problem, crew members were stationed at the rear of work trains with shotguns to blast the icicles as the trains exited the tunnels. :what:

    Now that would have been a great sight!
     
  2. ABTOMAT

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    I think that in some places, shotguns with light birdshot are used to clear ice from power lines.
     
  3. Bob F.

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    I know RR Dick that used a shotty w/slug to blast icicles from the cliffs along the track not nearly that many yrs ago!!

    Stay safe.
    Bob
     
  4. cracked butt

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    Shotties, usually of large guage (8 guage I think) are used to clean mineral deposits and scale from boilers.
     
  5. Rembrandt

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    ....don't laugh, but I've used mine to trim hard to reach tree limbs.....does a great job!
     
  6. Sam

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    Also used to remove clinkers from cement kilns. Rem makes a pedestal mounted 8 ga with sintered iron slugs just for this application.

    Sam
     
  7. pax

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    In Dorothy Sayers' book Busman's Honeymoon, written in the late '30's or early '40's in England, the vicar clears Peter Wimsey's chimney of "corrugated soot" by firing a shotgun up it.

    Very funny scene.

    pax
     
  8. velojym

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    We had a more pedestrian use for 'em at the airport. Loaded a single shot 12ga with blanks or bird bombs to scare avians from the runway.
     
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