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WHEAT
PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:11 pm  Reply with quote
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I am thing about buying a Hunter Arms Hunter Special in 16 gauge. Can I use modern shells that are 2 1/2 dram equivalent,1165 fps? Thanks in advance. RB

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:15 pm  Reply with quote
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Yes,


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:30 pm  Reply with quote
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skeettx wrote:
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Thank you! I was on the LC Smith website and I did not understand for sure what was OK. Regards RB Have a great Christmas and New Year skeettx!!

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:38 pm  Reply with quote
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Caveat, that the gun is in good condition and the chambers are 2 3/4"

The Hunter Special introduced in 1937 and it had a rotary bolt locking mechanism that was identical to the one used in L.C. Smith shotguns. The Hunter Special retailed for $30 in 1937 when the Fulton was $25, the Fulton Special was $31, and the L.C. Smith Field Grade was $43. In 1938 a .410 was added to the Fulton line and production of the Fulton Special was discontinued. The Fulton and Hunter Special were discontinued in 1945.

http://www.lcsmith.org/faq/fulton.html

http://www.lcsmith.org/faq/loads.html


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:46 pm  Reply with quote
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skeettx wrote:
Caveat, that the gun is in good condition and the chambers are 2 3/4"

http://www.lcsmith.org/faq/fulton.html

http://www.lcsmith.org/faq/loads.html
I know the gun is 2 3/4 inch and the seller I have bought from before so I think I am OK on that. Regards RB

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There were only 1900 16 ga Hunter Specials made you know.
I have a 20 in near mint original condition of which only 1290 were made.
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wannagohunting wrote:
There were only 1900 16 ga Hunter Specials made you know.
I have a 20 in near mint original condition of which only 1290 were made.
Thanks for the information! I did not know that. RB

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:21 am  Reply with quote
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Wheat,

Did you buy the gun?

If you haven't bought the gun yet and are wanting a lighter weight 16, ask the seller if he'll weigh it for you. The Hunter Specials tend to run on the heavier side for a 16. Mine weighs right at 7lbs with 28" barrels. That said, I really like mine inspite of it being a bit heavy for gauge. I had the chokes opened to SK1/SK2 and use it a fair amount for grouse.

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My Hunter Special 16 ga. weighs 7 lbs. also with 28" barrels. I like it heavier because light guns and I don't get along.

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Dogchaser37 wrote:
My Hunter Special 16 ga. weighs 7 lbs. also with 28" barrels. I like it heavier because light guns and I don't get along.


Mark,

I tend to agree with you. I have a tough time with anything below about 6.5 lb. Along with my Hunter Special at 7lb, my 16s run- (2x) L.C. Smith Field grades at 6.75lb, Model 12 at 6lb 10oz, Ithaca 37 at 6.25. I shoot fairly well with all but the Ithaca.

I have one "lighter" weight gun in my modest gun accumulation that is an exception for me- a skeet choked Rem 11-48 28ga at 6lb 2oz. It's hard for me to miss with that gun and I'm a fair shot at best.

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In spite of the current obsession with light weight, most of us will shoot better with a gun that's a bit heavier. Not a thing wrong with a 7lb. 16ga; IMHO, a 16ga sxs that's 6-1/2 to 7 lbs. is just right.

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Dogchaser37 wrote:
My Hunter Special 16 ga. weighs 7 lbs. also with 28" barrels. I like it heavier because light guns and I don't get along.
I am with you on that. I may shoot a few rounds of sporting clays after I get it. RB

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