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Info appreciated on 16ga single shot Columbia

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Steel Hayes, Nov 3, 2018.

  1. Steel Hayes

    Steel Hayes Member

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    8DD15610-CDA4-485D-9647-3C1897AE9A61.png 0E1789DE-476F-4986-9812-F7C5EF99C0D6.png D58A524E-8519-4D32-85FC-C0F6AEFA4B35.png I enjoy antique firearms and stumbled on this for cheap,but have no idea(other than web snippets) what I have.
    It’s a single shot Columbia in 16gauge with a 22” barrel, serial number 726.
    Any information on it would be appreciated.
     
  2. Coyote3855

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    I assume you have Googled "Columbia Shotgun." Those web snippets are all I could come up with. I did see that one sold at auction for $70. Do you think the barrel on yours has been cut down? Pictures aren't clear, but I don't see a front bead. I think a 22" barrel would have been unusual in the era this gun was manufactured.
     
  3. Steel Hayes

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    My thoughts exactly, but if they cut it down, it was a really good job.
    Strange part, the 2 3/4” shell doesn’t quite fit(really tight), I really don’t plan on shooting it.
     
  4. bersaguy

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    May have a 2-9/16" chamber, which I believe was quite common on older 16 gauges
     
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  5. Steel Hayes

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    You are correct, a little more searching showed around 1926’ish shells came out in 2 3/4” Standard.
    There is still some really nice nickel finish left, for $30, it’ll be a nice wall hanger.
     
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    A shell should still slide right in, the 2 9/16" is opened shell length. Brass shells that had no crimp petals would be fine. A standard 12 gauge shell new is slightly less that 2 3/8" in length, when it is fired it is 2 3/4".
     
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