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Unread 05-30-2023, 12:39 PM   #31
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John D, you are right. Both the 26" and 28" 3200s are less than that measurement.
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Unread 05-30-2023, 11:38 PM   #32
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The reason for the shorter-than-published lengths is because of the rib block spacing for attachment to the barrels. A true length rib for actual 26" and 28" would have required a different rib spacing. Better manufacturing efficiency.
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The reason for the shorter-than-published lengths is because of the rib block spacing for attachment to the barrels. A true length rib for actual 26" and 28" would have required a different rib spacing. Better manufacturing efficiency.
That harks back to the 26 3/4-inch Winchester Ventilated Rib barrel on the 12-gauge Model 12 Skeet Gun. 1939 --

Model 12 Skeet Gun 1939 02.jpg

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Model 12 Skeet Gun January 2, 1954, Winchester Ventilated Rib & Winchester Special Ventilated Ri.jpg

One post back from the 30-inch Winchester Ventilated Rib on the Model 12 Trap Guns.
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The reason for the shorter-than-published lengths is because of the rib block spacing for attachment to the barrels. A true length rib for actual 26" and 28" would have required a different rib spacing. Better manufacturing efficiency.
Excellent observation, Scott.
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