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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-26-2017, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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Winchester Model 59 question

Is anyone out there familiar with the Winchester Model 59? I just recently picked up one at an estate sale. My main question is what loads it can handle and if it can shoot 12 gauge slugs. I ask this because it has an aluminum receiver and a fiberglass barrel. Are the standard 2 3/4 loads a lot more powerful today than in the early 1960's?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-27-2017, 07:26 AM
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You may want to contact Winchester directly about this. Personally I was not aware that this gun existed and did a little research - nothing significant was found relative to your question. However I did see a comment that steel shot should not be used in the gun; but this was not form an authoritative source.
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You are not supposed to shoot any magnums in them.

A guy on another site just had his receiver crack.

If I come across the post again I'll add a link.
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To answer your question, No shells from the 1960's are not more powerful than today (barring any heavyshot magnums and stuff like that). I can't speak to your particular gun, but I doubt that target loads or standard field loads would be a problem. I would not shoot steel, heavyshot, or slugs.
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Thanks for the info. It's appreciated. I called Winchester and they said that any 2 3/4 modern shell would be fine, just no steel shot. Now the gunsmith that worked on in said, use only "low brass" shells no steel shot. A family member who previously owned this model years ago said any 2 3/4 non-steel shell would be fine, just don't fire it to often. He said that high brass vs low brass doesn't really mean anything anymore. What did he mean? Is there a certain number I should be looking for on the shells or a threshold?
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you need to ask them "what they mean" , , , good luck

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