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Model 1912 20g 25" barrel ser# 3372
September 15, 2020
9:01 pm
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This gun has had the chamber reamed to 2 3/4″ how bad does it hurt the value?

September 15, 2020
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Did they also open up the ejection port?

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September 15, 2020
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Yes it looks very stock but it has been opened

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deer@dsguns.com said
Yes it looks very stock but it has been opened  

Unfortunately, reaming the chamber to 2-3/4″ and opening up the ejection port have a negative impact on the “collector” value of the gun, as it is no longer factory original.  From a shooter’s perspective, it is a plus, as the gun can be safely used with modern shells (though steel shot loaded shells is not recommended if it has Full choke barrel).  In regards to your question “how bad does it hurt the value?” that can only be answered by the perspective buyer.  From my own perspective, if it is a standard (Field grade) gun, in typical used condition, the reamed chamber and opened up ejection port will not hurt its value.  If it is a high condition gun, or something other that a Field grade gun, the alteration will put at least a 25% dent in the value.

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Bert H. said

 From a shooter’s perspective, it is a plus, as the gun can be safely used with modern shells (though steel shot loaded shells is not recommended if it has Full choke barrel). 
Bert  

My Dad ringed a barrel with a modified choke shooting steel shot. Just best to stick with lead on these old guns.

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