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1914 Winchester Model 1912 Chambered for 2.75”?
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Cyril Means
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June 13, 2023 - 9:26 pm
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Dear Sir or Madam,

I am trying to ascertain whether my 1914 Model 1912 is chambered for 2.75” shells, and if so, as I now believe, am I limited to the power of the load I can use.  My belief is that they are built very strong and that although Nickel Steel may not be the choice for barrels today, I would assume that they were strong enough for regular shells purchased today.  Any information regarding the chamber size (is it true that all 12 gauges left the factory chambered for 3”, or 2.75”, regardless of year of manufacture?).

Thank you in advance for your knowledge and sage advice.


Cyril Means

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June 14, 2023 - 3:09 am
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Yes it is true that all 12-ga Model 1912 shotguns were chambered for a 2-3/4″ shell.  When the Heavy Duck Gun as introduced in the early 1930s, it was chambered for 3-incb shells.

The Nickel Steel barrels are plenty strong enough for any commercially loaded 2-3/4″ shell except those that are loaded with Steel Shot.


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