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I picked up a nice H&R folding 12 gauge shotgun today. My research says it was made between 1910 and 1940. Any ideas on the length of shells I can use in it? I am thinking 2 3/4 inch but I want to be sure before firing. If needed I will consult a gunsmith.


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Yep, no hot loads for the folding shotgun. I still think I can find lots of good 2 3/4 loads to use for small game hunting. I am thinking it is full choked, anyone have any input? 

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Probably mod, definitely not full!  That was a tip my Dad taught me like 40 years ago on his Winchester Model 12.  Part of my firearms training as up and coming hunter.  I have that gun now.  I’d rather he still had it though. 😇


If you tried it 3 times it probably teased you like it might stay?  Little clearance?  If plenty of clearance it could be IC but most guns made back then where mod or full unless it was meant to be a slug gun, which I doubt that one was.


Pattern it! 😎

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