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Feeding problem model 1893
November 11, 2020
4:01 pm

Hey guys,

I own a Winchester model 1893.

I bought it just for on the wall and not for on the range, what i experienced is that a 12 gauge snap-cap

( to protect the firing pin) will not feed from the tube into the chamber. It stays stuck in the magazine tube and whatever I try it won,t come out anymore.


Is this because of the use of a modern snap-cap in an antique Winchester rifle or is there something i should know about the dimensions of the 12 gauge Caliber back in the days of the 1893 model?

Hope some Winchester expert out there got the answer for me.



November 11, 2020
4:24 pm
Kingston, WA
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The Model 1893 was designed for a 2-5/8″ maximum length shell. Because the Model 1893 is an exposed hammer gun, the use of a snap-cap is not necessary to protect the firing pin. Simply ease the hammer down to its safety cock position, or all the way down after cycling the action.

What is the serial number on your Model 1893? I have a research survey in progress for this model.


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