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Hi i have a G. Hemenway 10 gauge shotgun. Im trying to find some info on it but am having trouble finding much on it. Im curious on how much it might be worth. What the markings mean on the bottom of the barrel. If regular hunting loads (3 1/2") could be shot through it. And what the fix choke might be.

It has the number 6683 stamped into it multiple times on different parts of the gun. And on the top of the barrel i think it says G. Hemenway london laminated steel. (Etching is faded, hard to make out).

Thanks for any info :)

Kris

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Do not shoot modern 3 1/2 inch hunting loads in it, it is most likely chambered for 2 7/8 and it isn't proofed for modern powders. If and only if it passes an inspection by a competent and qualified gunsmith you might think about firing it with the proper length shells with loadings that do not exceed what it was proofed to handle.
 
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You'll have to gauge the choke to determine what it is. Call around and find a gunsmith that has a 10 guage choke guage. (sounds redundant huh?)
 

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Do not shoot modern 3 1/2 inch hunting loads in it, it is most likely chambered for 2 7/8 and it isn't proofed for modern powders. If and only if it passes an inspection by a competent and qualified gunsmith you might think about firing it with the proper length shells with loadings that do not exceed what it was proofed to handle.
Ok. Thanks for the info.
Would you have any info on what it might be worth?
 

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Sorry, no I don't.
 

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That's a fine old British double gun that unfortunately it appears someone took a buffer too and buffed off all the patina and collector value. As Griz noted it isn't Nitro proofed and if deemed safe by a gunsmith FAMILIAR with old British doubles only black powder loads of proper length should be used in those old laminate barrels. Put a modern 3 1/2 in shell in that old gun and pull the trigger and it's likely you'll be picking up pieces of gun and your hand.

jw answered the choke question as well as it can be answered. Given it is stamped "not for ball" one would assume the chokes are fairly tight.

The 6693 could be a serial number but it's more likely it is a makers assembly number. It is equally likely that Heminway was not the maker but merely the retailer. The dolls head extension rather than a Greener cross bolt dates it as fairly early, probably 1880's but perhaps as late as the 1890's before the advent of smokeless. The different length triggers also hint at early manufacture.
 
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