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12 gauge Mauser shotguns

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by EMT_stuart, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. EMT_stuart

    EMT_stuart Active Member

    What are some appropriate loads to shoot out of these old guns? Also, any idea of the chamber length?
  2. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    I wouldn't shoot one on a bet with any modern 2 3/4" ammo.

    They are most likely 2 9/16" chamber.

    And so much metal was removed from the receiver & bolt to make a 12 ga shotgun out of a WWI 8mm GWER 98 rifle, there is very little safety margin left.

    I'd hang it on the wall and look at it.

  3. Jackal

    Jackal Well-Known Member

    Your likely talking about a Mauser Geha. Here's a useful link http://texastradingpost.com/militaria/geha.html

    I had one. I fired some 2 3/4 target loads without issue through mine. However, you should remember that they only use 1 locking lug, the safety lug. An interesting collectible, but I would personally advise against firing it much. There is very little holding that shotty together.

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