I just bought a Winchester model 12 in 16ga. and was woundering if I got a good deal or not. The gun was made in 1925 has a 2.5 inch chamber(you may have seen some of my other posts about getting shells for it). It has a 26 inch barrel with a mod. choke. Now the part I was concerned with a bit. It had some bad pitting on the reciever that was cleaned up and then the gun was reblued. It looks like they did a very nice job on it. I believe the wood was refinished also. I just don't know that much about the model 12 and would like more info. I have looked in the Blue Book of Gun Values but it does't say anything about the value if the guns are redone. I am looking to use the gun as a shooter and not a inverstment. Any info would be helpful
For collectors value, refinishing a gun devalues it substantially, it is is pitted It woill not be anything a collector would want. Enjoy the gun in the field, that is what they were made for, not standing in a safe as a collector gun.
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I picked up a Mod12 in 16ga a few years ago for $375. That was the most I was willing to pay since it didn't have the factory butt plate(or any for that matter). I probably spent a bit much on it, but I was buying it to take hunting. If you think you got a deal on it, then you did.
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Thanks for the info. TRAPJAW did yours have the chamber lengh marked on the barrel? The one I bought didn't and the guy I bought it from said it had a 2.5 inch chamber. I guess I got a pretty good deal because I got it for under $200
As an aside I beleive that your 12 was made before they changed the operational capabiltiy that permits the trigger to be held back and the gun will fire every time the slide is returned to battery to one in which the trigger must be pulled for each shot. My 12 is from that era and it retains that capability. Great feature for shotgun bowling pin matches.
My grandfathers 20 gauge model 12 is chambered for 2.5" shells, and regularly shoots 2.75" shells out of it. You just have to pump it like you hate it. It had been used that way for tens of thousands of shells.