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Currently I have a pretty nice 1887 in 12g that I enjoy shooting with black powder. This weekend I am picking up a pretty nice Model 1901 in 10g. I know these were made to handle smokless and I am wondering if anyone has a decent smokless load to start with for the Model 1901. 

I want to be safe with this one and I would love to take this one duck hunting this year and the season is fast approaching. 

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Joe,

The early smokeless powder loads were low pressure. Where did you find 2-7/8″ 10-ga shell cases to load for your Model 1901?

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Bert H. said
Joe,

The early smokeless powder loads were low pressure. Where did you find 2-7/8″ 10-ga shell cases to load for your Model 1901?

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Track of the Wolf has some. They are not cheap anywhere. 

Brass Shot Shell, 10 gauge, 2-7/8″, new production, marked PARKER BRO’S, MERIDEN, CT. use large pistol primer, each – Track of the Wolf

 

Also, Rocky Mountain Cartridge has them.

index (rockymountaincartridge.com)

 

I’ll probably get a few of those but I will likely buy some 3.5″ hulls and cut them down to the 2 7/8

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Bert H. said
Joe,

The early smokeless powder loads were low pressure. Where did you find 2-7/8″ 10-ga shell cases to load for your Model 1901?

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Where would I find out what pressure range I should be in with the Model 1901 10 gauge? 

I would like to use this gun for waterfowl and other upland birds as well as load up some buckshot for it but want to make sure I am operating at safe PSI for these guns. 

I would think that these can handle more PSI than the 87s since they were made for smokeless. 

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Joe,

Hunting waterfowl requires Steel shot in nearly every location that I am aware of… you should not shoot Steel shot in that old gun!

“Low pressure” is typically in the 7,500 – 9,000 psi range and that is what I would stick to for a Model 1901. The first Winchester shotguns made for modern high-pressure shells was the Model 1912.

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Bert H. said
Joe,

Hunting waterfowl requires Steel shot in nearly every location that I am aware of… you should not shoot Steel shot in that old gun!

“Low pressure” is typically in the 7,500 – 9,000 psi range and that is what I would stick to for a Model 1901. The first Winchester shotguns made for modern high-pressure shells was the Model 1912.

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Bismuth is a non toxic which is suitable for older fixed choke guns. 

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