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#558760 - 11/19/19 10:21 PM NEED HELP WITH PROOF MARKS
SXS 40 Offline

Registered: 05/02/05
Posts: 301
Loc: Ca.

This is a D. Leonard Pigeon gun from about 1894-96. Usually pigeon guns have more comprehensive marks. I'm trying to determine if this one is nitro proofed. Thanks for the help.

#558764 - 11/19/19 11:12 PM Re: NEED HELP WITH PROOF MARKS [Re: SXS 40]
skeettx Offline

Registered: 06/03/08
Posts: 4821
Loc: Amarillo, Texas
Does not appear so
Birmingham proofs

USAF RET 1971-95

#558765 - 11/20/19 02:38 AM Re: NEED HELP WITH PROOF MARKS [Re: SXS 40]
Toby Barclay Offline

Registered: 05/15/04
Posts: 710
Loc: Suffolk, UK
Pre 1904 blackpowder proof.

#558766 - 11/20/19 05:03 AM Re: NEED HELP WITH PROOF MARKS [Re: SXS 40]
Drew Hause Offline

Registered: 01/18/06
Posts: 8039
Loc: AZ but dreaming of KS
A typical Pigeon load of that era would have been 1 1/4 oz. 3 1/4 Drams Curtis & Harvey’s No. 4 T.S. with a pressure of about 8500 psi.
It was proved with "Proof House (Black) Powder" at about 11,000 psi. Had "E.C." Bulk Smokeless been used for proof, the proof pressure would have been about 18,000 psi.
The pressures in the graph were determined by crushers; add 10-14% for modern transducer numbers

#558789 - 11/20/19 11:10 AM Re: NEED HELP WITH PROOF MARKS [Re: SXS 40]
lagopus Offline

Registered: 06/22/08
Posts: 2497
Loc: Derbyshire, England
I have a similarly marked old pigeon gun from the same era. Now nitro proofed. I found that the chamber length 2 3/4" was marked on the forend loop. Might be worth a look there just in case. That would be marked by the maker rather than the Proof House. Lagopus.….

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