A little on 4 Bores

We know little about the “ten- plus” bores in America, but in England they still build them. The always- innovative Michael Louca of Watson brothers builds them as Best- quality sidelock ejectors– not just for collectors either, though he admits his over twenty pound, 42 inch plus barrel model is mostly a collectors item. He prefers the eighteen pound “light” model for wildfowling. At 49,000 pounds, they are actually what passes as a modestly priced Best– Boss game guns go for twice that much.

Building the four…

And shooting it:

A bit more on Watson here and below.

4 thoughts on “A little on 4 Bores”

  1. Wow! Reminds me of the old punt guns we used to have here — they were massive, sometimes made of out plumbing pipe, and would be loaded with everything from real pellets and shot to boiler punchings and gravel. I have never seen one fired, or even a working model, but some old broken ones are about in Chesapeake Bay antique shops, if you look carefully. And a 4-bore with ejectors. Bring on the drones!!!

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  2. Wow! Reminds me of the old punt guns we used to have here — they were massive, sometimes made of out plumbing pipe, and would be loaded with everything from real pellets and shot to boiler punchings and gravel. I have never seen one fired, or even a working model, but some old broken ones are about in Chesapeake Bay antique shops, if you look carefully. And a 4-bore with ejectors. Bring on the drones!!!

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  3. Of course here in UK, 10, 8.and 4 bores are still legal to use, as are punt guns, but the larger bores are for purists, and punting is almost extinct.
    In my wildfowling club there a member who has loving restored a punt, with gun, and it is exhibited proudly at our annual County Show on our club stand in Norfolk UK.

    With the advent of steel shot, many specialist wildfowlers now use 3 1/2 in magnum autos for goose shooting …………………Bismuth is horrendously expensive !!

    JohnnyUK

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