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Re: Bore sizes of the LC Smith 16 guage Field Model
Bore sizes for 16 gauge L.C. Smith guns before the mid 1930's were .650. I have two 16 gauge Fulton Rangers made for Sears Roebuck and Co., made in 1937 and the bores measure .660 and the chambers 2 9/16". The 1939 16 gauge L.C. Smith I have still has 2 9/16" chambers and .660 bores.
When Hunter Arms went to 2 3/4" chambers in late 1939 early 1940 they stamped on the barrels water table 2 3/4 inch chambers. They did this for awhile and then stopped stamping them.
Since most of the Field Grades were hardware store guns, most were ordered full/full or mod/full, but on the order form you could order what ever choke constriction you wanted.