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My small frame Sauer sidelock had/has those clock like indicators. However one has been broken off. As my restock/restoration proceeds I’ve been debating with myself. Cut the arm off the good one, cut a line in the top of both and match them that way or try to have a new one made. Ugh!


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I've sent it off to a gunsmith to check it out, also to have the barrels honed and polished as there was a fair amount of pitting in the bore. I will ask if he can send me pictures when he takes it apart. As far as proof on the barrels, I believe this was only proofed for black powder, not nitro. Is that correct? It's my understanding that mild (6Kish PSI) smokeless loads with 3/4 to 7/8 oz shot are still safe in guns like this.

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I put a penny in front of the firing pins to safely pull the triggers before packing it up, both indicators worked flawlessly on it. Hell of an indent in the penny though.

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Yes, Blackpowder only on the proof effort. I would say it dates to the mid to late 1890s.

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>>Papp. 16-65, 4,75 S.P.(Dram Eq. Powder), 28,5 grammes lead shot<<

Load data from a similar one from the period.

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I'm very familiar with smokeless powder reloading, not so much black powder. If I'm reading that correctly (4 and 3/4 drams black powder under 1 oz shot), that seems like an extremely stout load. Just a quick estimation, but wouldn't that be over 10,000 PSI, with the shot in excess of 1300 feet per second?

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