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Parker Hale 1861 Enfield .58g Shotgun
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Does anyone have or know where I might get hold of instructions for a Parker Hale 1861 Enfield .58g 2 band Shotgun?

I think I've worked out what loads are suitable but a set of instructions would be handy. I've read through the Managing the Enfield article I've seen mentioned here and I've noted the cleaning and maintenance guidance.

I'm interested in the maximum permissible loads, for shot and round ball, and also what is the recommended size of a round ball that can be shot from the .577 smooth bore?

Any help would be gratefully received.
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#2
A shot load of 2 drms of medium grade black powder to 3/4 oz of shot would be a good starting load .
Has for round ball in a shotgun this then becomes a fire arm and can only be used on a military approve range
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#3
Thanks for the reply, that's roughly was I was going to try. I think I've got hold of all the bits and bobs. What size wads do you use in comparison to the bore? I've got some circle fly wads and chose .589” for the .577 bore, does that sound ok?

I have access to suitable ranges to shoot round ball so that's not a problem. I've seen it suggested in several places that the ball should be a fair bit smaller than you'd use for rifle, so around .560 may be better than .570.
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#4
Well, to answer my own question, the 24g (.589") circle fly wads worked well.

Now I've stripped the barrel to clean it, the part of the barrel next to the stock is stamped '2 drams of black powder', '571' and '3/4 oz of shot'. The shot is logical but does the 571 mean bore size or recommended balls size? I have tried 570 balls with a very thin patch and they have to be very firmly hammered in to start.
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