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#618872 09/01/22 12:25 AM
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Anyone have a favorite?

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I can tell you this: a short ten loaded with 1 1/4 ounce of 4’s or 5’s can achieve what is very nearly miracles. Shot string must be extremely short and shot deformation minimal. It hits a high flying duck like a pancake. I love my short tens, all Parker’s except one early hammer gun with Jones underlever marketed by William Moore, London (Scott) in very high original condition.

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I'm not a PGCA member and have no real interest in Parker guns. I do have two short 10s (a Darne and an Alfred Hollis hammer gun). Can someone send me the spreadsheet?

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I'm not interested in Parker's either but still am a member as there is a host of other info there, including reloading for older shotgun,s an "Other than Parker" section. A lot of info there that is useful even for non-Parker shooters


After the first shot the rest are just noise.
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I guess I am showing my age. I remember when they were $5 a box. Great duck load.

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I remember going to the grocery/bait store in Lily WI and buying 2 7/8 10 ga 6's over the counter and hunting grouse with my great uncle Rem hammer SXS.

I load 1 1/8 oz over BP for coyotes and 7/8 oz of 8's over 700x for targets. A light weight English upland guncirca 1870's.

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After the first shot the rest are just noise.
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Short tens have a small, secret following. Great duck gun for those who give them a chance. Been looking to pick up a nice example from Holts auctions for some time. Seems any I want are wanted more by someone else, so far. I’ll get my lovely soon.

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My favorite target load is 10ga cheddite hull cut down to 2 7/8", cheddite cx2000 primer, red dot powder, remington sp10 with four 1/8" nitro cards in the base of the wad 1 1/8oz shot, star crimp. The load can be found on the Parker site topic reloading the short 10. 7600psi and 1150fps. Nice mild load for the old guns.

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My foray into short tens was less than intoxicating. I had acquired a nice condition L C Smith 32", 10 ga., 00 grade, for little money. Tight as a widow woman's purse strings, but 10 plus pounds and very muzzle heavy. I reloaded for it successfully, even used it on ducks in AR, with bismuth loads, but it was just too cumbersome for me to keep in my stable. When I acquired my 32" HE Fox 12 soon afterwards I found how nicely a big, heavy duck gun could handle. If I ever went the way of short tens again it would likely be an English or European gun that would be lighter in weights and more suitably balanced.


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