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 Post subject: 10 ga Chamber length in early NIG & Crass ?
PostPosted: Thu Apr 08, 2021 8:09 pm 
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What was the standard chamber length for the NIG and Crass 10 ga. guns?




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 Post subject: Re: 10 ga Chamber length in early NIG & Crass ?
PostPosted: Sat Apr 10, 2021 7:34 pm 
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At the time the NIG and Crass were introduced our North American ammunition companies were not yet offering factory loaded shotgun shells, but they were offering 10-gauge NPEs in lengths from 2 5/8 inch to 3 1/4 inch. The guns chambers were probably what the customer ordered. In addition to sportsman loading their own shells, most major population centers had one or more hardware or sporting goods stores that loaded shells to order. Union Metallic Cartridge Co. started offering factory loaded shotgun shells in 1891 and Winchester by 1893.


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 Post subject: Re: 10 ga Chamber length in early NIG & Crass ?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:49 am 
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That is some interesting information!

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 Post subject: Re: 10 ga Chamber length in early NIG & Crass ?
PostPosted: Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:57 pm 
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Researcher, thank you for the info.
I guess I will be making a chamber gauge to check the guns I wish to shoot.
RST lists both 2-5/8" and 2-7/8" offerings. The 2-5/8" would be a safe choice but the price is $4/10rds greater than the longer shells. Nostalgia gets in ones pocket.

John


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 Post subject: Re: 10 ga Chamber length in early NIG & Crass ?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2021 1:28 am 
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I mfg'd a 10ga chamber gauge measuring 0.8455" diameter.

Baker gun by L.C. Smith. 2-5/8"
Ithaca Crass 1st type. 2-7/8"
Ithaca NIG 1st type. 3.00" NOTE: The gauge stopped at approx. 2" in each chamber but a straight rule stopped against the front of the chamber @ 3". There are no apparent forcing cones. May I assume this gun is reamed for brass cases?




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