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Shotgun MTs-255 (-255)
Hunting shotgun MTs 255 (MC-255)
A hunting revolver. Manufacturer: Russia, KBP (Instrument Design Bureau)

   These unique shotguns are intended for professional and amateur hunting. They are chambered for various hunting cartridges.
   Unique design MTs 255
   A unique design feature of combining the revolver configuration with the dual action firing mechanism ensures reliable functioning and enables double and single action firing. The hunter can also fire from any cylinder chamber at his discretion. Classically designed, the buttstock and the forearm are made of beech or walnut.
   Loading MTs-255
   Cartridges are loaded one by one, and the fired cases are extracted simultaneously. For loading and unloading, the cylinder is swung leftward. The bore is chrome-lined. The barrel has replaceable muzzle devices.


The article talked about the pros and cons of some of the turret shotguns MTs-255, due to limitations on the use of cartridges in the model MTs-255 12 gauge, and given some recommendations for choosing cartridges.

Revolving hunting shotgun model MC 255 developed at the Central Design Research Bureau sporting and hunting weapons (TsKIB SOO) in Tula, in the 90s. At the moment the gun is available in five calibers (the second digit after the caliber 255 MTs): MTs-255 .410, MTs-255-32, 255-28 MTs, MTs-255-20, 255-12 MTs.

High demand in the CIS and abroad rifle calibers: .410 MP-255, under the bullets .410h76; MTs-255-20, at 20h70 and 20h76 cartridges "Magnum"; MTs-255-12, for cartridges 12h70.

Revolver shotgun model MTs-255 foothold in the market with the advantages of hunting weapons shopping design, simplicity and high reliability singly rifles. Turret guns occupied a niche between the double-barreled guns and self-loading.

Revolver shotgun makes it possible to fire the cartridge necessary equipment (five cartridges can be charged in the drum). You can shoot at different game, a different distance by using the possibility of silent rotation of the drum. If all of a sudden there was a flash in the pan, then, as in the turret, you need more time to pull the trigger or rotate the drum manually.

The shotgun turret MTs 255 used hunting ammunition calibers corresponding with paper, plastic, metal sleeve in any gear, including ammunition for shooting fur-bearing animals over short distances. This is an advantage over semi-automatic shotgun, automatic which such cartridges do not always work reliably. The cartridges filled with a metal sleeve is necessary to pay attention to the strength of fixing the projectile shot to shot during the eruption did not happen fraction of the other patrons in the drum. Chucks with rolling (plastic) or seaming "asterisk" not interfere carefully and gently boil near "sprocket", for example, using a heated nail. Factory ammunition is necessary to examine and if necessary to drive through a twist to insure against a rash shot.

At the 12-caliber shotguns at shooting some ammunition manufacturers ("Pozis", "Record", "SCM Industry", "Fetter", "Safari") with insufficient height of the metal shells can occur following a fault - cranking the drum (wedges), a misfire, poor extraction of spent cartridges. After further studies in TsKIB COO provides some guidance. It was established that the gun MTs-255-12 normally work with cartridges height of the base of the sleeve 12 - 16 mm at a maximum pressure of powder gases from 500 to 650 kg / cm2, with the height of the base of the liner 7 - 10 mm at a maximum pressure of powder gases from 400 to 450 kg / cm2. These requirements are fully met in the cartridges, "Vetter" hunting, the height of the base of the sleeve 12 and 16 mm; "Taiga" hunting, the height of the base of the sleeve of 12 mm or more; "Rio 50" hunting, the height of the base of the sleeve 16 mm; "Fetter" Sporting, height of the base of the sleeve 16 mm; "Azot" Sporting, height of the base of the sleeve 12 mm.

A branch of the Instrument Design Bureau "TsKIB SOO 'appeal was made to all Russian manufacturers of hunting cartridges, and proposed to use in the manufacture of cartridges of 12 caliber shells, which have a base height of 10 - 16 mm or bottom use plastic wads.

As reported in the press, after treatment TsKIB SOO the firm "Taiga" the production of ammunition was carried out using bottom wads, and stop failures of shotguns. Shotguns MTs-255-20 have a constant strong demand and positive feedback from owners. TsKIB COO hopes to support the manufacturers' cartridges, understanding of hunters and is confident that the advantages of revolving rifles exceed some inconvenience for hunters, which are connected with the necessity of matching ammunition for shotguns MTs-255-12.
Shotgun MTs 255
A hunting revolver. MTs-255 (MC-255), Video:
MTs 255, table characteristics
A hunting revolver. MTs 255 shotgun for sale is difficult to find. MTs 255 shotgun for sale can be found on various forums in Russia and others.
MTs-255 - "Revolver shotgun" 12-caliber!:
From the owner's review of the MTs 255 shotgun

I'll start, as usual, with the pros
The first thing I noticed after buying the gun was a great balance. Of the many guns I had the pleasure of holding in my hands, only a few double-barreled shotguns were as well balanced. Semi-automatic machines don't even compare. The center of gravity of the gun is located exactly on the drum, when held, the load is evenly distributed between two hands, the gun is very easily thrown up and unfolded - despite the considerable weight.
Disassembling the gun for cleaning, I still admire the simplicity and thoughtfulness of the design. The gun is disassembled and assembled in less than a minute, even without training. The trigger mechanism is removed entirely which is very convenient for the care of weapons. No small parts that can be lost, no physical effort to assemble everything is very simple and elegant.
I quickly got used to the lack of a fuse. Completely safe (spontaneous firing will not occur even when hitting the trigger), the drum gun can be kept constantly loaded and ready to fire without any prior manipulation.

Now about the disadvantages
A fastidious gun requires high-quality ammunition. It was worth stopping saving on cartridges and in five years not a single misfire.
The second serious drawback that you have to put up with is a very inconvenient and long recharge. The sleeves have to be pushed out of the drum with a finger or a ramrod, a lever provided just for such cases, controlled by a shield, which, according to the passport, must be "vigorously pressed in the direction perpendicular to the axis of the drum", in fact helps weakly, not to say, does not help at all. It is also necessary to equip cartridges one at a time, and at the same time hold the gun with one hand in a very uncomfortable position. This disadvantage, among other things, makes the gun completely unsuitable for practical shooting.
Of course, the MC-255 did not meet all my expectations. I cannot unequivocally call this gun universal and recommend it to everyone. You have to get used to this gun, you have to put up with its fastidiousness in choosing cartridges and inconvenient reloading, you have to fight with its small but annoying whims. This gun must be loved. The MC-255 is an amateur rifle, but if you, like me, are just such an amateur, then you will not find a better and more convenient weapon.

Alexander M.P.
https://www.hunting.ru/articles/view/66496/
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