A friend of mine bought a 12 gauge Winchester lever a while ago in decent shape. He tried it out a few days back with low brass smokeless loads and complained of heavy recoil. When did they begin chambering these guns for 2 3/4 inch shells or were they always chambered for them. I was thinking the gun was too heavy to kick much with low brass loads and something else must be going on. Appreciate any help.
April 15, 2005
The Model 1887 lever-action 12-gauge shotguns were all chambered for a 2-5/8" shell. If your friend was shooting anything longer than that, then that is what was causing the fierce recoil. Tell him not to shoot it anymore!
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member