Ad­vice on a golden oldie

Sporting Shooter - - Ask The Experts -

Q I have a Greener box lock non-ejec­tor Em­pire model Live Pi­geon 12-bore, which was made, I be­lieve, in the mid 1950s. It’s in very good con­di­tion. Since my main shoot­ing now is the odd lo­cal day on pi­geons or clays, and, in the sea­son, wild­fowl over ponds, could I have it bored out to ¼ and ½ choke so I could use steel shot, and could you ad­vise as to what it could cost?

A DIG­GORY HADOKE replies: The Greener Em­pire was a solid and sim­ple de­sign. It was in­tended to see hard use by farm­ers and outdoor types all over the world. You can bore out the chokes, but to use steel shot with con­fi­dence you re­ally need a gun proof-tested for steel shot, and bear­ing the cor­rect steel shot proof marks. You’d be best ad­vised to talk this through with a gun­maker or con­sult the Birm­ing­ham Proof House for the gun’s suit­abil­ity to proof for steel shot. I would think that if it re­mains in largely orig­i­nal con­di­tion, the ac­tion and bar­rels should be strong enough to be con­verted for use with steel.

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