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    Posted: March 21 2020 at 6:23am
I've heard of these but never really investigated them. I guess I always thought they shot the .410 shotshe!! but I was wrong again! I was thinking they'd be a pretty cool squirrel/rabbit gun but I have know idea of rarity or cost of one of these in Canada. I did read one article on how people "fire form" .303 brass to open it up, but that seemed fairly complicated. I've never even seen one in person.
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While the original chamber is the typical size, some have been reamed out over the years to take the 3" shotshe!!. Once in a while you can come across original ammo but that is few and far between.
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fire forming is an option but then you are loading the old brass shot she!! methods with the card over and sealed - if these have brit chambers you may have to , or ream the chamber to us shotshe!! dimensions - that might be easier in the long run 
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There's a big blowing out of the neck & shoulder involved, so anneal & make extras some will split when fire forming but it can be done. These are for the single ball round, there was a similar one for the pellet load.

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if you can find some of that russian aluminum 410 that was out there for a while = wolf brand name , it would give you somethin to shoot in the mean time - i have some i think but i looked today and have not found it yet , ill look again tomorrow and let you know . its not great but it shoots , 

if you have brit chambers you will want to research fire form or a 410 ream , the latter is the least effort but costs are a thought as well as the efforts , the previous is effort intensive and deserves a lot of research to get it right , both rewarding in the end and an adventure - we all need those in life , you will enjoy either rout or both should you choose that path , 

these are fun , not the shotgun most think of tho , never again a rifle either , 

im hoping mine inspired the young collector shooter i donated them to to continue on the path he had started on when i gave them and my ishy 303 to him years ago , he showed a lot of promise as a very intelligent kid - learning and researching on his own at the time , a long time ago but seems like yesterday 
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This is an interesting topic!
I have had the pleasure of using and firing my mate's .410 MK3 SMLE.

I believe it was an Ishapore Rifle and these particular conversions were very poplular in the UK due to the different licences required for a "smoothbore" .410 shotgun and a real live.303 Rifle


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most all of these were done at ishapore for indian use and sold out of service - surplussed out , there were some imported here to the US that were reamed out for commercial 410 ammo - but they all started life as a 310 blown out 303 at a tighter chamber and shorter overall length , 

that said either are fun , garner much comment at a range and are seldom efficient at clay targets but then that small bore clay target arena is a whole different realm 
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