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Old 01-20-2016, 10:32 AM   #21
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Jen you have piqued my interest with your comment, "The gun history is very interesting". If you don't mind would you share what that history is? Probably, next best thing to owning a Parker is owning a Parker with documented "Interesting History". SBT's were pretty expensive back in the day and not everyone could afford such a luxury. I'm sure your two Parkers are very happy that you have joined the PGCA and are sharing their story.
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Old 01-21-2016, 09:29 PM   #22
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Hi Mike,

The history I have is on the VH hammerless gun, unfortunately the SBT has no records.

The shotgun was ordered by the Powell & Clement Co. of Cincinnati OH on August 29, 1904 and shipped on September 2, 1904. The paid $50.00. It was returned on November 7, 1904 to bore the right hand barrel cylinder.

Did a google search on the company which started as Powell & Sons (they were gun makers 1850's) Clement later joined the company and they bought and sold other firearms. I found one of their catalogs on Ebay and it indeed listed Parker's.

Thanks for asking!
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Hello All,

Any suggestions on the best type of shells to use in the SBT?

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Jen, The breech end of the barrels are very thick. You can shoot whatever you are comfortable with. All SBT guns are chambered 2 3/4". Normally I would suggest having the barrel wall thickness checked but this gun looks unaltered so if it were my gun I wouldn't hesitate to shoot trap loads in it.
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Great thank you, appreciate the information.
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If your shooting singles or short yardage handicap, I would recommend 1 oz. trap loads. Be kind to your shoulder and the wood on your gun.
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I shoot my standard SxS sporting clays load for informal Trap in my SBT 7/8 oz # 7 1-2 at about 1150 FPS. Reloaded equlivent of B&P's Competition One. Low recoil and breaks targets fine.

I have used some Factory Handicap shells 1 1/8 oz it's a trap competition standard, too much recoil, but if competition probably the one to use . Choice depends on can you afford a lost target. If fun is the objective go light

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Also I just purchased and shot some Herters Target LR (light recoil) 7 1/2. Worked great from the 16 to the 22yrd line. If available in your area you might give these a try...

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Hello Jen: RST make some great loads for you Parker Trap. They will probably be set up at the Southern this year as in years past.

Best Regards & Congratulations on your Parker.....George
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Hey Jen, I live in the Greater Cincinnati area and this seems to have been sort of a hot bed for Parker activity back in the day. Arthur DuBray lived next door in Newport KY and sold many Parkers to the local gentry. I haven't heard of your guns company before but if I come across any info pertaining to it I'll pass it on. I have an SBT an it handles anything I put in it. You will never go wrong using the RST loads should you decide to order some.
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