Winchester 1300 20 gauge questions


January 18, 2003, 10:48 PM

I just put a used 1300 Winchester 20 gauge synthetic stock on lawaway. I got it for $139.00. It looks brand new. I think it was a decent price. Wondering if anyone could tell by the serial number date of manufacture? The # is L3204682. Thanks for the help!

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Al Thompson
January 19, 2003, 09:11 AM
Can't help with the born on date, but that's a great price!

Dave McCracken
January 19, 2003, 12:31 PM
Very good price. Now buy ammo, use up, repeat(G)...

Duke of Lawnchair
January 19, 2003, 12:41 PM
Like another member said, I can't help you on the "born on date" but that IS a good price. :cool:

January 20, 2003, 04:43 PM
Thanks for the input :D ! One more question: I am not too famillar with shotgun chokes & was wondering since this gun has a choke, can it be used without? The gun will be used just for home defense & plinking (22" barrel) Chokes can be unscrewed from the barrel right? Thanks again!

January 20, 2003, 04:53 PM
Don't shoot the shotgun with the tubes unscrewed! You can damage or at least gunk up the threads. Extra choke tubes (Winchester or Mossberg will both fit) are available from several shooting accessories retailers. This includes "cylinder" or "skeet" open chokes that will protect your threads.

Dave McCracken
January 20, 2003, 05:25 PM
Leave the choke in to protect the threads and the barrel itself. Choke is meaningless at HD ranges.

And, before you decide to limit your fun, drag that thing along to the range and shoot some clays with it.Instant gratification and skill improvement alla same time...

January 20, 2003, 11:24 PM
Wal-mart sells 250 round cases of Federal 20 guage for about $29 and clay birds for $3.97 per 90 count box. Happy shooting!:D

January 21, 2003, 10:44 AM
Thanks again for all of the input! Not to ask too many questions, but what is the difference between full & modified chokes? I assume the best thing to do for my app. is to get a choke to fill in the threads of the barrel. What would be the best one to get for a home defense application? You would want the best spread at close range? I am sorry to sound dumb but shotguns are a new area for me!:confused:

January 21, 2003, 11:17 AM
Chokes won't make a difference in your living room so it doesn't matter what you use. Try patterning the SG at close (HD) ranges and you will see that at ranges inside your home the shotgun will hit like a rifle with big bullets.


January 21, 2003, 05:23 PM
If you can find an Open choke, get it, that's the one I'd install, otherwise use the "Modified" choke.

Dave McCracken
January 21, 2003, 05:40 PM
RJG, measure the longest possible shot in your house and add a yard for GPs. Pattern a variety of laods and see how much spread you get. I'll wager the usual flagon of mead that the "Pattern" is smaller than the palm of your hand. Spread is an Urban shotgun myth inside...

Some of the floating threads at the top of this forum deal with chokes.

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