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Here is Ron Gabel's answer to question number 6488


Ron, The shotgun in question has about 1" (one inch) of "ribs" or whatever the correct name is, at the very end of the barrel, supposedly for slugs only. In the gun book I have they say only a few of these were made, and they call them the "70-150". Any further ideas on value knowing this? Would the gun be in much demand?


I suspect the "ribs" you refer to are inside the barrel at the muzzle end. I also suspect the 70-150 you refer to relates to a 70 caliber gun that uses 150 grains of powder. When a projectile leaves the barrel it remembers only the last inch or so of that barrel. Rifles made in Europe for the hunting of big game in Africa were often rifled only at the muzzle for short range shooting. These guns were used to shoot slugs only. Some competition shotguns today are rifled with straight rifling for about two inches at the muzzle end of the barrel. These are for the shooting of shot only and the straight rifling is intended to stop any rotation of the shot prior to its leaving the muzzle. The old elephant guns are desireable to collectors of tht type of weapon.

Submitted By: Phillip Kesterson On: 5/15/2004 9:01:58 PM

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