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    Default Winchester 1887 lever action shotgun...GDG

    A good friend of mine recently inherited a Winchester 1887. Can anyone recommend a gunsmith in the Midwest they would trust to give the barrel and action a good safety exam?

    As a second question, any recommendations on current manufacturers (like RST) of shot shells that would be appropriate?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Bismuth is recommended to shoot in those older guns.
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    That is a black powder gun. I believe it has an odd lenght chamber also.
    2 5/8 if it is a 12 guage..
    They also came in 10 guage.

    Go to this link.. He is THE guy for old winchesters..

    http://www.turnbullmfg.com/

    Modern ammo is definatly a no no.
    Reloads with smokless powder can be used if chamber pressure are kept very low....

    I would NOT use ANY manufactures ammo that claims theirs is safe in old guns, unless they will give you pressure specifics.. Most wont..

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    David,


    Thanks for the bismuth rec. Hadn't thought of that.

    Gooser,

    I did know it was black powder, though judging from some pitting in the bore, I think someone shot some more modern loads through it at some time. It is a 12 bore.

    Thanks for the link. I'll check it out. Have you dealt with him before?
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    Turnbull is basically the most knowledgeable man in the industry for all old guns from what I understand. He has some beautiful stuff out there. He's expensive, and I hear there's a pretty long wait for any kind of restorations because he stays so busy, but all of his work is worth every dime and every minute. Pretty boykin by the way, Mine is turning 3 months old tomorrow.

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    They don't get much better than Pat Laib in Spicer, MN (320) 796-2686.

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    Zsimp

    Thanks for the compliment on B. She is four now and I think I took the pic when she was about 1.5. Is your Boykin the first you've owned?

    I appreciate the further info about Turnbull. I didn't see any restoration info on lever action shotguns in his site but I'm going to give him a call.

    Mngundog,

    I appreciate the recommendation. I'll pass the info to my friend along with Turnbull's and see what they say.
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