Shotgun gauge conversion?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by thesoulution22, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. thesoulution22

    thesoulution22 New Member

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    I have an old 16 gauge side by side, and was wondering if I could have it converted to twelve gauge, so I can use the more popular, and less expensive ammo, and because there are many more types of ammo available for 12. Specifically interested in target loads. And I would it be sensible price wise?
     
  2. shadecorp

    shadecorp Active Member Supporter

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    I would venture a guess
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    NO!
     

  3. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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  4. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Gauge is determined by the number of bore sized lead balls it takes to make a pound so a 16 gauge has a smaller bore size than a 12 gauge.
     
  5. sniper762

    sniper762 New Member

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    your old 16g sxs is worth more than a new 12g (mossburg 500). sell it and buy a 12g.
     
  6. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    yes it could be done. but here is the problem, first of all you would have to find a truly talented gunsmith well versed in double barrel shotguns to make new barrels, fit them, make and fit new extractors and ejectors if it has them and then fit it to the reciever. so what it would take is a lot of talent and knowledge and lots of manhours to do, which equates into lots of maoney to do right and make it work safely. so unless you have the willingness to walk in with a blank check and have the patience to wait for it to be done, then the answer is no, it's not sensible cost wise. for what it would cost to be done, you could buy several really nice shotguns. another problem is the number of gunsmiths capable of doing this type of work is very limited or at least it use to be.
     
  7. kfox75

    kfox75 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I want a set of those.I have 2 12 gauge doubles, and those would be great for trainig newbs, thanks for the info, Hi-wall.