October 2nd, 2012, 10:51 PM
Anyone know much about older model Breda 12 gauges? I'm more specifically looking for some type of owners manual or technical information. The one I have doesn't say anything anywhere about chamber size, model, or anything.
Might just have to break down and take it to a gunsmith if all else fails.
October 2nd, 2012 10:51 PM
October 3rd, 2012, 07:28 AM
Any luck with Google? Breda's been building guns since well before I was born.
October 3rd, 2012, 07:37 AM
Spent quite a bit of time on Google last night. I think I've narrowed it down to two older models but nothing specific yet. I'm just curious as to whether it'll handle steel shot, and how big the chamber is - harder to find information than I thought.
Originally Posted by Pat32rf
October 3rd, 2012, 07:54 AM
Is it a gas or recoil operated autoloader?
Either way, the chances of it being designed for steel shot are pretty slim. Can you remove the barrel and measure the chamber? If it is recoil operated the barrel should come off pretty easy. Don't know about a gas operated Breda...if they even made one.....
Once the barrel is off, just take a look inside at the forcing cone. Various places sell plastic vernier gauges for under $5. If you get one you can measure the distance from the chamber rim up to the beginning of the forcing cone. What you read is the chamber length. Probably 2 3/4" but could be shorter.
Is there any chance that there is a measurement in mm stamped on the barrel?
October 3rd, 2012, 08:20 AM
Are there any other waterfowl-safe loads I can use that would be safe in a gun designed for lead?
Originally Posted by Pat32rf
As for the chamber measuring - I'll try to take the barrel off tonight to measure the chamber. Never thought of that.
October 3rd, 2012, 08:32 AM
This appears to be the same gun, however my gun has a bolt style trigger lock. Hopefully it'll offer more info.
October 3rd, 2012, 08:43 AM
So, according to that manual it is chambers for 2 3/4 (70mm), and the choke included is a full-chock. Now, the barrel is chrome-polished Breda steel ... wonder if that means it'll handle steel shot Probably not lol
October 3rd, 2012, 08:01 PM
I expect that there is an importer who handles Breda out there someplace in North America ...They might have more info
October 3rd, 2012, 08:27 PM
Has all the answers
If you are looking for non toxic loads, Kent Tungsten Matrix is safe for full choked guns, and I believe there are some bismuth loads out there as well. Don't expect it to be cheap though, I haven't priced it lately, but I think it's going to be about 4$ every time you pull the trigger.
Originally Posted by jweese
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