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Offline Cross Plains Drifter

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My old Rabbit Ear
« on: December 12, 2016, 02:25:04 AM »
This is my old N.R.Davis & Son 12 gauge that I still shoot low brass in occasionally......




every single part  on this gun carries this lonely single digit serial number





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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2016, 05:02:44 AM »
I like that one, CPD! Simple and functional.
"You gonna pull those pistols, or whistle Dixie?"

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2016, 05:32:21 AM »
I'm searching for one of those CPD.   Yours is just the ticket.   Seems everyone thinks they are worth more than I want to pay or the wrist or forearm is broken beyond repair.   
That's a nice old gun.

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2016, 04:14:08 PM »
First of all you're not doing it any favors shooting modern shells out of it as it most likely has chambers between 2 1/2 - 2 9/16 inches. When it's fired the crimp will open up over the forcing cone raising pressure drastically. There's no difference between high brass and low brass. There used to be but not for many years, now high brass is a marketing ploy. That's not a serial number, it's an assembly number.

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2016, 05:41:29 PM »
Very nice old double. The metal is in great shape. I would like to find me one more break open double with long tom barrels like you have.

Agree with Hawg that the chambers are likely less than 2 3/4 inch.

She is a prime candidate for brass hulls loaded with black powder.  :)

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2016, 06:08:57 PM »
She is a prime candidate for brass hulls loaded with black powder.  :)

That's why I am wanting one,  I would like to try loading some brass BP shotshells.

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2016, 07:21:23 PM »
I cut down plastic hulls for my Lancaster but I can only reload them once, sometimes twice.



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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2016, 07:50:12 PM »
Brass hulls are reasonably priced all things considered until you get up to the 10 gauge size.   $10 each is what has prevented me from buying a couple fair priced old 10ga. shotguns.

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2016, 08:44:13 AM »
I had seen where the 10 gauge hulls were very pricey. My buddy just aquired his granfather's 1887 Winchester in that gauge. I gave him fair warning on the cost. When he gets them, he is going to come by and learn how to load them with black.

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2016, 10:10:47 AM »
I had seen where the 10 gauge hulls were very pricey. My buddy just aquired his granfather's 1887 Winchester in that gauge. I gave him fair warning on the cost. When he gets them, he is going to come by and learn how to load them with black.

I've got an 1887 in 12 gauge I got when I was 11 and grew up hunting with it but I won't say nuffin about what I shot out of it. :D The barrel is 32 inches, I just couldn't get it all in the pic. I need to take some new ones.


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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #10 on: December 13, 2016, 11:24:35 PM »
I want one of those soooooo bad. I near wet my self when I handled the 10 gauge my buddy is getting handed down to him.

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2016, 03:19:24 AM »
First of all you're not doing it any favors shooting modern shells out of it as it most likely has chambers between 2 1/2 - 2 9/16 inches. When it's fired the crimp will open up over the forcing cone raising pressure drastically. There's no difference between high brass and low brass. There used to be but not for many years, now high brass is a marketing ploy. That's not a serial number, it's an assembly number.

yeah......had to tighten and reset the action when I got it.........it does fine on low velocity (what we all call low brass around here) #1 buckshot......the barrels are steel, not twist.
funny, Dixie Gun Works didn't mention it was an assembly number when I asked them to date it for me a couple decades ago ($10 charge for that).
anything else chapping you about my shottie?

nice old shotguns you have btw.........I gotta get my '97 Winnie back from loanout someday
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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2016, 01:07:21 PM »

anything else chapping you about my shottie?

nice old shotguns you have btw.........I gotta get my '97 Winnie back from loanout someday

Nothing is chapping me about it. Just trying to help you with info is all and maybe keep you from messing it up or getting hurt by using the wrong length shells in it. It's a nice old gun.

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2016, 11:49:45 AM »
Mike, had I only known.....early last year I took a British 10 ga. double to auction! It had an under-lever barrel release, didn't seem to be too bad as far as locking up. I had it for many years and never shot it. Wanna guess what I paid for it! No, it would just make you depressed! L@J

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Re: My old Rabbit Ear
« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2016, 11:59:49 AM »
I paid 68.00 for my Lancaster and 75.00 for my L.C. Smith but she dont's got's no hammers. (7+"