16ga Questions

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  1. anapex

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    I just recently picked up a Winchester 97 in 16ga and I wasn't thinking about it at the time (The 16ga was in a lot better shape then the 12ga they had) but wasn't there a change in 16ga lengths? So is there any easy way I can measure the chamber without taking it to a smith? Serial number range puts the gun as being made between 1908 and 1909.
     
  2. Loyalist Dave

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    They may have made it with a 2.5" chamber, but it may also have been opened up later to a 2.75" chamber. One way to check is to drop a 2.75"dummy shell inside the chamber, if it doesn't drop right in then it absolutely is a 2.5". If it DOES drop in that doesn't mean it's a 2.75", as the mouth of the dummy might compress, and the edge of the chamber isn't going to be square like the lip that holds a .45 ACP cartridge in a 1911 barrel.

    Take a spent 2.75" shell, and insert it into the chamber, and make sure the slide will go into battery. Then cycle the slide and see if the extended once crimped edge of the shell will clear and allow the shell to be ejected clean. If the front edge of the shell hits the chamber opening and doesn't cleanly eject, it again may be a 2.5". The only sure way to tell is to take it to a smith.

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  3. Dave McCracken

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    From the date, I'd think it was MADE as a 2 1/2 or 2 9/16" chambered shotgun. But, lots of these were converted over the years to the 2 3/4" 16 gauge we know and love.

    Best to have a good smith look it over.

    16 gauge shells are not that hard to find, even in the short versions. These do cost a bit. Try Polywad and Gamebore for the shorties.

    Have you started loading yet?

    A 16 ga means handloading to max the performance and lower the bills.

    Also, you've noted by now this was made on the same frame as the 20 and is a light toting wand.

    Enjoy.....
     
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