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16 Ga Ammo Question

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 2bigdog, Mar 1, 2010.

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  1. 2bigdog

    2bigdog TS Member

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    My Brother in law has a 16 gauge that is chambered for 2 1/2" He called me to find him some ammo. I have yet to find any. Anyone know where to find some?
    Darryl
     
  2. Guy

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    Try 16ga.com
     
  3. wm rike

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    Someone tell me I'm wrong, but the math says today's plastic hulls in a short chamber should not be a problem. The old 2.5" chambers were contemporaneous with paper shells. Paper shells have a hull thickness of about 25 mils. Today's plastic hulls have a thickness of about 4-5 mils at the mouth. If I profile a short chamber, 2.5" or 2.63", all the way out to the nominal bore and place a 4-5 mil thick case mouth at the 2.75" point, it will still show more diameter than the nominal bore - no constriction.
     
  4. Hitapair

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    I believe Ballistic Products carries the short 16ga shells. If he's up for reloading, I have a bunch of 2.5" plastic hulls he can have by paying the shipping.
    I would not suggest he use 2.75" shells in a 2.5" chamber gun. The crimp will not fully open and there could be excessive pressure issues.
    I just checked my BP catalog and the carry Gamebore 16ga 2.5" shells and they are only $16.59 a box.
    He might want to have the chamber length checked. A lot of the M12 16's have been opened up.
     
  5. boomer

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    Just google RST Shotgun shells. Great shells--reasonable. 2 1/2 inchers in all gauges!
     
  6. eightbore

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    What gun does he have?
     
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    Wm Rike..."Someone tell me I'm wrong, but the math says today's plastic hulls in a short chamber should not be a problem. The old 2.5" chambers were contemporaneous with paper shells. Paper shells have a hull thickness of about 25 mils. Today's plastic hulls have a thickness of about 4-5 mils at the mouth. If I profile a short chamber, 2.5" or 2.63", all the way out to the nominal bore and place a 4-5 mil thick case mouth at the 2.75" point, it will still show more diameter than the nominal bore - no constriction. "

    I think you are probably right about that.
     
  8. Hitapair

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    The 1st M12 16ga I bought many years ago had a short chamber. I wasn't aware there was such a think. I noticed that the shells I shot did not open completely. They were star crimp papers if I recall correctly. It didn't take too lomg to figure out what was happening. Maybe different w/ plastics.
     
  9. omgb

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    I load my own using a roll crimp. I trim approx 1/4 inch off of a 23/4 hull, load and then roll crimp to 21/2 inches. Works great.
     
  10. KEYBEAR

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    What would it cost to open up the chamber ??
     
  11. 333t

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    The old time shorter shells for the 16 were actually 2 9/16", the 12's were 2 5/8 and the 20's were 2.5".

    Phil
     
  12. pheasantmaster

    pheasantmaster Well-Known Member

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    alf99, Wrights is 60.00

    Ballistic Products carry short shells. Also check the 16 ga Society for references.
     
  13. TALLEND

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    Sir

    Go to www.westleyrichards.com

    They have 2 1/2"16ga shells in 7/8,or 1oz loading for 99.00 pr flat.

    I have dealt with them for several years and I've always been satisfied with my purchases.

    Tom

    PS they have 2 1/2" 12ga also
     
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