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Re: smooth bore carbine
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 14 September 2010, at 10:01 a.m., in response to smooth bore carbine, posted by Dallas Nicholson on Tuesday, 14 September 2010, at 9:01 a.m.
Well, there was never any such thing as a "smooth bored carbine", if one wants to be completely literal.
However, SA DID make, from 1881-85, about 1400 20ga. shotguns, using a lot of left-over musket parts. The receiver and block are special. Another key feature is a very thin forend, which was attached to the barrel with a screw, there being no band ("ring").
They are scarce and desirable, but are often found in fairly rough condition, so lack of cartouche is not at all unusual.
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