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Model 12 16ga Shell length?
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July 25, 2023 - 5:26 pm
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Hello,

 

I recently acquired a Model 12, 16ga with serial number 379119 dates to 1924. It is stamped on barrel “Mod 12-16ga Full” 

Can I shoot 2 3/4″ inch shells safely?

 

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Terry

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Hello Terry,

No, you cannot.  Your 1924 production Model 12 16-ga was factory chambered for a 2-9/16″ maximum length shell.  That stated, many of them were later opened up to safely shoot a 2-3/4″ shell.  I recommend having it measured to determine if it still has its original chamber length or if it has been opened (reamed) to accept the longer shell length.

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Do as Bert says or buy some 2-1/2″ ammo instead.

Kent and RST both sell it.  Probably others too.

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Even if the chamber has been lengthened, 2 3/4 shell with a long crimp will hang up in the ejection port.

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