Virtually all side by side shotguns are not actually made with the barrels parallel – they are made pointing just slightly together, so that the shot patterns will converge and meet up at a particular range. Today, we have an Ellis Brothers (of Birmingham) sporting shotgun that was actually made with bores that are entirely parallel – and it looks quite unusual when one is used to the traditional configuration!
I don’t know how the barrels are meant to be used. Skeet shots are unlikely and birds even less likely to get hit… unless you target annoying drones.
But dronicide doth remain a most worthy endeavor, no?
It does indeed, especially if we know which nosy people use drones for spying on us.
How much can a few millimeters difference in the center of the pattern one way or the other make with a shotgun at 20-40 yards?
Simply joining the optical axis of bores at a given distance can not provide correct barrel regulation. lt can be accomplished through supported actual shooting and even if it could be made correctly, it would be true only for a certain mass and speed of loading, mass of gun and shooter, phyisical features of gun holding and pitch and twist of stock. Only user’s kind of variations might be minimized through special order guns, other parameters would go on. Parallel axis barrels might be true for special sidewardly angled stock shotgun.
Is that supposed to say something?
To whom who concerns.
That looks like a staff officer’s badge in the stock (the crowned lion on crown), the original owner was probably a big shot army man. There were initials too, so it might be possible to identify him.
I was wondering if it was a paradox gun (rifled the last few inches so you can use shot or bullets) but I didn’t see any rifling, and with the birds as decoration…probably not.
But that engraving! Even on the inside of the forearm!
Beautifully decorated gun. I never owned side by side so I did not pay much attention to barrels alignment. If barrels are parallel as it seem to be here, it probably does not make much difference where pellets go. Dispersion will make up for it; my guess.
One thing which I like about shotguns in particular is their thin barrels at muzzle; it looks very elegant. Recently I looked at one page with recommended thicknesses for various calibers including shotguns. It was, if I recollect it right, at muzzle for 12 gauge 1.5mm. Impressively thin.
“Recommended” would be minimum recommended.
“It was, if I recollect it right, at muzzle for 12 gauge 1.5mm. Impressively thin.”
Well, 12 gauge is in fact low pressure even compared to rifle cartridge originating from 19th century.
SAAMI maximum pressure (so pressure measured near muzzle will be not greater than) are
12 gauge (3.5 inch) – 14000
12 gauge (all others) – 11500
30-30 Winchester – 42000
·303 British – 49000
45-70 Government – 28000
At muzzle? Oh, maybe 1/4 of that, at max. Plus look at the bore size to went the pressure out.
I did some guessing about the Convergence of Shoot Gun Barrels:
Eyeballing the distances of the double barrels middle to middle
I would say its about 31mm at the breech and about 21mm at the muzzle.
Assumed the barrel is 71cm long and the barrels are not bent somehow,
I came to the conclusion that both bore axis are crossing at a distance of 1.55m from the muzzle end. At a distance of 50 Meters the axis came appart 0.66m again.
Somewath questionable results I would say.
Could this be true or did I miss something ?
Hitting place would not be the seen point or location through the barrel axis… When fired; According to the weight of user, gun and loading and tightness of hold and touching place of stock in relation with fired bore axis and the centre of the gravity of whole rational masses, the gun slightly would rotate and the projectile would go as deviated where the barrel axis points.
If Ian gave the date of this shotgun I missed it. Also how were the barrels made? Looks like a type of damascus but it’s much more regular than other damascus barrels I’ve seen.