General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun - Part II

Shotguns and Shotshells

Cheap v. Best Guns, With General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun By Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Part - IIBEST GUNS Let us have a look at what the manufacture of a good gun means, and at the same time bear in mind that it is in every detail constructed with as much care and accuracy as the fittings of a valuable watch. It is tested over and over again, and its materials are chosen with the utmost caution, in view of their lasting and other useful capabilities. First-class gun-barrels are selected from the very best iron and steel; they are put together with the...

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General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun - Part III

Shotguns and Shotshells

Cheap v. Best Guns, With General Advice on the Purchase of a GunBy Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Part III CHEAP GUNS Now a word concerning cheap guns—those sold, for example, at about 15£. In the first place, it is impossible to turn out a gun at this price with profit, and at the same time employ the best workmen and materials, or to spend one tithe of the care and time over its manufacture and shooting that a good gun- requires. The barrels consist of inferior metal, and they are bored and ground and fitted by second-rate artisans; they have little time wasted upon them, and...

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General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun - Part IV

Shotguns and Shotshells

Cheap v. Best Guns, With General Advice on the Purchase of a Gun By Sir Ralph Payne-Gallwey Part IV GENERAL ADVICE ON THE PURCHASE OF A GUN To any one who cannot afford to give more than a small sum for a gun, and who yet must have a gun of some sort, I would say: Purchase a secondhand one by a good maker, as being the cheapest and most satisfactory arrangement; provided that, on showing it to the maker, he speaks favourably of its history and state of preservation.* And bear in mind that, as most people rush open-mouthed after hammerless guns at the...

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SAAMI Standard Pressures and Dram Equivalents For Shotgun Ammunition

Shotguns and Shotshells

We have received many inquiries regarding shotgun shell dram equivalents, load velocities, and SAAMI pressure standards.  So, in an effort to assist our customers and the shooting community at large, we have compiled the following basic information from ANSI/SAAMI Z299.2-1992, American National Standard Voluntary Industry Performance Standards for Pressure and Velocity of Shotshell Ammunition for the Use of Commercial Manufacturers.*   SAAMI fired loads in full choke test barrels or improved cylinder test barrels as indicated in the various charts below. Shotshell Standards - Improved Cylinder Barrels Gauge Shelllength Dramequivalent Ouncesof leadshot Meanvelocity @ 3'(+/- 90) Maximunaveragepressure (psi) 12 2-3/4" Skeet2-3/4 1 1180 fps...

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ADVENTURE WITH A TIGER - Sir Samuel W. Baker

Rifles and Big Game

Fortunately the beast was not able to see him, as Mr. Fraser was a little to one side on the animal's blind side and the tiger's head was up. Suddenly seeing Mr. Fraser's orderly bolting, he jumped up and went for the man, and catching him he killed him on the spot. Mr. Fraser had lost his hat, rifle, and all his cartridges, which had tumbled out of his pocket. He jumped up, however, and ran to the man who had his second gun, and to do so had to go within eight paces of the spot where the tiger was crouching over his orderly. He heard, in fact, the crunching of the man's bones and saw the tiger biting the back of the head. He now took the gun from his man.

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