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Winchester 1887 pressures

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Jessesky, Dec 11, 2020.

  1. Jessesky

    Jessesky Member

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    Picked up a new lovely lady the other day. I would really like to take her to the sporting clays course.
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    This 1887 was made in 1890, chambered in 12ga. The gun was made with black powder loads in mind, but does have a fluid steel barrel.
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    Currently I shoot 2.5” RST ultra-lite in my old sxs box and side locks to be gentle on the thin English wrists and not to promote action wear. This load is smokeless with 3/4oz at 1125fps. How do you think this load will fare in my 1887?

    I would prefer to shoot smokeless “trapdoor” level loads so it’s less corrosive and I won’t have to clean as often. I appreciate the tradition of black powder, but I know it means I won’t take it out as often to shoot with.
     
  2. kudu
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    kudu Moderator Staff Member

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    Considering that load is about the equivalent of a light 28 gauge load it should be fine unless there are already problems with the gun. Probably safer than using a standard black powder load.
     
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  3. EMC45

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    Nice Browning designed gun in very good shape!
     
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  4. unspellable

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    You should be using loads that are specifically "nitro for black powder". So called "lite" loads are not necessarily low pressure. They often use a reduced charge of faster powder that will run the same pressure as a heavy load.
     
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  5. Jim Watson

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    RST shells are stated to be loaded to low pressure for old guns except for those made to function old autos like a 2 /16" Browning.
     
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  6. halfmoonclip

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    Lotta drop in that stock. :) Nice catch, in great shape. Enjoy.
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  7. Jessesky

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    I wasn’t able to find pressures on RSTs website. I only know they are frequently used in older guns. Wanted to see if anyone had much experience with them.

    I was able to find on another forum they ran 4300psi average, but that is hearsay, and not confirmed
     
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  8. tachelberry

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    I have three 1887's. Two shooters and one parts gun. When I do shoot them I load either low pressure smokeless, RST, or I load black powder for them. The 2.5 inch Mag Tech brass hulls seem to cycle the best. The other alternative is the Federal Gold Metal paper hulls that I cut down to 2.5". When you do shoot the 1887 or 1901's be careful with that short bobbed hammer. It can easily slip from your thumb. enjoy...
     
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