Re: 16 Gauge LeFever Double Barrel
Roundball brings up a very valid point about old 16 ga shotguns.
The standard chamber length was originally 2 9/16" The current
16 ga chamber length is 2 3/4".
Firing 2 3/4" in a 2 9/16" chamber works OK. Except that it has
the potential for higher pressures, due to the longer case opening
into the forcing cone rather than the chamber.
There is no definite date after which they are 2 3/4". Generally
I figure if it's pre WWII I have it checked.
VERY good chance your LeFever is chambered 2 9/16". Have it
If it is 2 9/16", you can find ammo in that length, or have the chambers lengthened for modern ammo. Doesn't cost much. I've had it done to several old 16's.
Last edited by BillM; 12-01-2012 at 10:31 AM..