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Is there any Double Barrel ML Shotguns to stay away from?

I met a fellow that has about 80+ Black-powder firearms he's selling, many are unfired. They include pistols, rifles and a few Double Barrel Shotguns.
He has one that he said is unfired, and he bought it new about 20 yrs or so ago from a company going out of business. He's not sure
of the name brand off the top of his head, as it is in his gun safe, and he wasn't home at the time I was on the phone with him.

Is there any Makes or Models of Blackpowder shotguns to stay away from, or are they all pretty good?
This one uses a #11 cap and will not take 209 primers.

I cannot find any "worst list" online. So I'd appreciate any knowledgeable feedback on this.
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I had a Pedersoli 10ga ML SxS, quality shotgun IMO. I used it for all my shotgunning. Turkey, Geese, Pheasant, even trap. Had a lot of fun with it. Enjoy and please let us know what you end up with, if anything.


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Double barrel ML shotguns will take #10 or #11 caps. I think that they are all made in Italy, but I suspect that each company has specs that may dictate quality. I can't remember who it was but someone actually made an O/U ML shotgun.
Look here....
https://www.muzzleloadingforum.com/
There is a Pedersoli with choke tubes listed in the classifieds

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My Pedersoli used #11's. I switched to musket nipples without any issues. Almost miss it enough to get another one! Lol!


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I had a Pedersoli 12 gauge for a few years. I used it for a bit of dove hunting and a few rounds of trap. Worked well. no ignition issues with the standard #11 caps. My only complaint was it felt wispy in my hands, rather too light in the muzzle end balance-wise. Overall I liked it, but not enough to buy another one.

Hint for cleaning one: de-mount the barrels and take them into the shower with you along with a cleaning rod. All the black crap swirls down the drain.


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I bought a Pedersoli double flint shotgun, the barrels were so heavy you'd have thought it was a double rifle, the right trigger was off the trigger pull gauge and the left lock was.so.poorly made that it wouldn't fall fast enough to creat.a.spark. They refunded my money.without even a comment other than we get alot of these back.

I do have one of the Berretta O/U 300 year anniversary model. It has been a great shotgun and have take a number of ducks, grouse and one deer with a .690 round ball.

I also have a Euroarms 12ga Cape gun breeched for heavy loaded round ball and shot another I've used and taken a deer with a round ball.


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I own an older Navy Arms percussion shotgun. 12 gauge, I/C - Mod. It takes # 10 caps. It is a good, reliable shotgun. I shoot clays, pheasants, and chucker with it. I have shot several Pedersoli percussion shotguns and actually like those. I would be very relucent to buy their flint lock shotguns. Those locks are not well made or very reliable.



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