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Re: Shells to use in 4 doubles.
Ralph,you are on the right track by using a Brownells chamber gauge for your testing.I have found several Smith guns over the years that tested out the same as yours.When using an Intermic to check the chambers I found that these guns were indeed chambered 2.750,but the gauge only went in about 2.500.In the ones I checked,the chambers were on the undersize of specs.which caused the chamber gauge to stop short.This problem is solved by running a long forcing cone reamer in,recutting the chamber to modern specs and making the forcingcone longer.I cut all the guns that I shoot much this way. The recoil is softened and things go easier on the wood for sure.As far as paper shells and fiber wads go,they do not seal any better.They will reqiure more powder to make the same FPS as a plastic unit.I loaded plenty of paper shells back in the sixtys when that was all we had to load,not interested in going back there except to maybe play around.I prefer to load my own shells for these old guns.If I had a choice of factory loads it would be Win AA 2.750 dram with an ounce of shot.These have lower pressure than many.RST's are always a safe reliable bet with low pressure.The RST company has supported our club in various ways for years now and I for one appreciate it.Hope that this will be of some help. Charlie.