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 Post subject: Belgian Continental Centaure - year and choke help?
PostPosted: Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:17 pm 
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I have a Belgian made Continental Centaure SxS in 10 gauge. The barrel is stamped as a 3.5" chamber and holds a 10-88 inside a sideways Omega on the watertable. While I expect this gun is likely choked full/full, I'd like to confirm that before shooting it for the first time. Among the proof stamps under each barrel is "19.2 CHOKE 19.1". I haven't been able to find a definitive explanation of how to interpret this and would appreciate anyone's help. One site led me to believe the bore is 19.2mm and the choke at the muzzle is 19.1mm, but that seems unlikely to me that it would have a relatively open choke. I know the year of manufacture was stamped with a letter, sometimes upper case, sometimes lower case, sometimes Greek characters. However, I have not been able to identify what character this gun is stamped with to the right of the 1kg937. It sort of looks like a u, sort of looks like an e, could be a c.... Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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 Post subject: Re: Belgian Continental Centaure - year and choke help?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 10:18 am 
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AFAIK:

The 19.1/19.2 marks is the actual bore diameter - measured as between 19.1 mm & 19.2 mm.

Barrels marked "choke" are usually full chokes - but should be measured to be sure, as the chokes could have been altered after it left the factory.



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 Post subject: Re: Belgian Continental Centaure - year and choke help?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 12:56 pm 
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OK, thank you, that goes a long way towards confirming my suspicions. Until I can get an accurate measurement I'm going to assume the barrels are full/full and use it accordingly (ie: no steel shot).

Any thoughts about the date of manufacture from the stamp? I know some years were cursive letters, but from any angle I can't say that it's definitely an 'e', a 'c', a 'u', a 'v', or even a greek character. I found that the *F inspector stamp was used between 1927-1953, and again from 1974 forward. However, none of the date code stamps for those years seem to match what I'm looking at. It's possible I'm looking at the wrong stamp, but I feel all others have been positively identified.


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 Post subject: Re: Belgian Continental Centaure - year and choke help?
PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2020 5:23 pm 
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The letter you think is the date code looks like it was partially stamped.

Click on the date code listing for Belgian guns ( http://www.hallowellco.com/proof_date_codes.htm ) and scroll down the LH column of cursive date code letters, looking for one that has a section that may match up with what you have.

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