Do I have an Iver Johnson 410 or a 44
I recently inheirited what I thought was an Iver Johnson 410 shotgun, but I'm not so sure anymore. The gun belonged to my grandfather, who is deceased, it was given to me by my uncle, who never used the gun.
I tried putting a two and a half inch 410 shell in it, but it wouldn't fit it was too tight, the shell would only go into the chamber about half way, then get stuck. I thought the chamber might have been dirty, so I cleaned it with gun solvent, and the 410 shell still wouldn't fit.
I then read on the internet that Iver Johnson did at one time make a 44 caliber rifle that looked exactly like the 410 shotgun, now I'm thinking thats what I have.
The only markings on the gun is "Iver Johnsons' Arms & Cycle Works
Champion " and the serial number is 66778. there is no mention of any caliber size
The barrel is a smooth bore like a shotgun with no rifling in it.
if anyone could tell me what I have here ,it would be appreciated.