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Hopkins&Allen Falling Block shotgun

Tom Bullweed

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A LGS has a Hopkins&Allen falling block shotgun in 12 ga in good-plus condition.

I am thinking about getting it for Frontiersman and bp matches only.  Looks tight.  Feels faster than a hinged single-barrel.  It will not be as quick as my 97s but maybe fast enough for 30-sec stages common in Frontiersman.

Any of you cowboy got experience with this shotgun?

I plan to shoot only full-brass 40-grain FFg 1-ounce loads.

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My only concern would be the barrel.  So long as it's a fluid steel barrel and not Damascus, go for it.  Twould be a lot of fun.  Although a hinged single-barrel with an ejector is righteously fast (Handi).

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