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Old 11-30-2012, 02:39 PM   #1
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Here are some photos of my new 1903 vintage NH. With my inside dividers and caliper, I come up with .830", just beyond the forcing cone area. The muzzles measure .740". I would say that F/F would be a good guess! I just sent for a letter. I hope it has some interesting data.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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That is one big gun. A nice one too!
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Old 11-30-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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boy that gun sure has some kinda thick barrels..i like to look at all guns but these old big bores like yours really trip my trigger...this gun musta been made on a friday evening they gotta bored out to a ten ga and the whisle blew and they did not have time to finish boring the barrel to eight ga.. ha youve got a mighty nice piece there take her hunting often...charlie
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What a great gun. Send it down here to Maryland for testfire. What are the barrel lengths and provenance? Mine has Vulcan Steel barrels but I still think it's safe to fire. Have you measured the chambers yet?
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The barrels are 32-3/32". I do not have proper chamber measuring devices, but I improvised and came up with 2-7/8" to the beginning of the cone area. I just dropped my check in the mail for a letter. I would imagine that the customer asked for a heavy gun. Would Parker have taken it upon themselves to assign a 6 frame? TPS is loaded with great info, and I have been digging in earnest. The little '+' marks on the very edge of each chamber are unknown. The workings are gooey and stiff, so I will clean the gun thoroughly. The stock retains most of its finish, so I plan on a gentle cleaning and maybe some wax afterward.
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When a large bunch of extra heavy guns were sold at auction several years ago in California, no hint was given about the wording of the orders. On heavy guns I have researched, little information of "why" are included in the order entry, including my 9 pound 16 gauge bird gun. Maybe that one was ordered as a "loaner".
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Are you able to pick the gun in one piece to weigh it or do you have to break it down for that?

What does she weigh? I'll take a guess, 12lbs 3 ounces.
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Pete, she's in pieces right now. I will weigh it when I reassemble it. The gentleman I purchased it from said 13 pounds. As for the .830" bore, would that have been done to help reduce felt recoil? Would that, along with the weight, have made this gun easier on the body after a full day of shooting?
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Mark, I can't wait to see the letter on this great gun.
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you can bet you want feel much recoil in that gun with that weight...with 1 1/4 ounce loads she willbe very gentle on shoulder.and i bet even with the old 1 5/8 ounce load it still will be gentle on shoulder...cant wait till you shoot and pattern this gun and tell us about it... charlie
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