I posted this in another forum I frequent so I apologize if you've already read about this, although I only mentioned one of the shotguns there. Last Saturday I was able to purchase a Winchester Model 1887 lever action 10 gauge and a single shot Meridan Arms 12 gauge. Serial numbers puts them at a year of manufacture of 1890 and 1907 respectively. Honestly, I was surprised as to how nice they both are for shotguns their ages and now that I've had a chance to clean them, I hope to shoot each. All the research I've done online pertaining to shooting older shotguns suggests using 2 and 7/8ths inch, lite load shells. (Hope I can get some here in MA.) Have any of you ever used a shotgun this old? None of the guys I shoot with have first hand experience with older guns like this so I was hoping for some helpful advice and/or suggestions from the collective forum mind. Thanks in advance for help you can offer.