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How to quickly tell if a 2 9/16 gun was converted to 2 3/4
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Author:  ALMODUX [ Thu Apr 14, 2016 2:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How to quickly tell if a 2 9/16 gun was converted to 2 3

Rudolph31 wrote:
ALMODUX wrote:
Early sweet bbl rings had no holes, but were milled inside the ring, and rode on the outer lips, only.


Not so. The first Sweet Sixteens had five holes, later three. The Japanese guns had the so-called shaped ring.

And FN introduced the 16 gauge Auto-5 in 1909, but it wasn't imported into the U.S. until 1923. The Sweet Sixteen was test marketed in 1936 and became a catalogued item in 1937. Here is a picture of the ring on a 1938 barrel.

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Well, as I've seen plenty of early SWT16s (including 'stealth' sweets), with milled rings and no holes, owned an American market straight stock 16 from 1910, nor a japanese gun w/o holes, and jibed all that with the late HM Shirley and Browning, I'll agree to disagree. I hadn't heard the odd hanger bore through counted as two holes, but I see where it could be.

Author:  stepmac [ Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How to quickly tell if a 2 9/16 gun was converted to 2 3

IMHO if the gun takes the short shell the advantages to fixing the gun to take the longer shell isn't worth the effort/expense. There are plenty of 16's around that take the longer shell so buy one of those. Since RST makes the shorter shell buy a few cases of them and take your old 16 out from time to time, but the time, effort and money involved in changing the old gun isn't worth it' time/expense and sometimes it doesn't work very well.

Author:  stepmac [ Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: How to quickly tell if a 2 9/16 gun was converted to 2 3

IMHO if the gun takes the short shell the advantages to fixing the gun to take the longer shell isn't worth the effort/expense. There are plenty of 16's around that take the longer shell so buy one of those. Since RST makes the shorter shell buy a few cases of them and take your old 16 out from time to time, but the time, effort and money involved in changing the old gun isn't worth it' time/expense and sometimes it doesn't work very well.

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