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Offline Sarey

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2 9/16" shells needed
« on: May 31, 2011, 09:37:36 AM »
Would anyone happen to know where I could get the old 2 9/16" shells for an old shotgun? A friend of mine inherited his grandfathers old shotgun and that seems to be the ammo it takes.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.


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Re: 2 9/16" shells needed
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 10:04:54 AM »
Not sure if this will help but it is a Browning A5 special 16g.

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Re: 2 9/16" shells needed
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 10:22:21 AM »
2 9/16"  ??  I've not heard of it.  I've got a very old Browning "Sweet 16", 16 gauge, and I shoot regular 2 3/4" shells in it.  The tough part is to find 16 gauge shells these days!

Is the barrel marked as having a 2 9/16" chamber?  Curious...

I did some moore googling and found that 16 gauge before 1946 were 2 9/16".  Very interesting.
« Last Edit: May 31, 2011, 12:58:12 PM by SuperDuty »

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Re: 2 9/16" shells needed
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 12:07:13 PM »
I went hunting around and can't find any 2 9/16" 16ga shells currently available, but did find 2 1/2".  Firing 2 3/4" shells, is NOT considered safe.

http://www.classicusc.com/RST_Shotshells_s/139.htm
http://firearmservice.com/shopsite_sc/store/html/page19.html
http://www.rstshells.com/rst_classic_shotshells_shotshells.htm

There were also several recommendations from my search:

- Talk to a gunsmith about having the chamber lengthened.
- Consider reloading them by trimming 2 3/4" 16ga hulls down to the right dimensions.  Though, my search didn't yield what those dimensions would be...