Winchester Model 12 question for the experts..


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CNobbe
April 28, 2013, 10:15 PM
Hey guys, recently dug out a Winchester model 12 my grandfather had. It hasn't seen a shell in several years, but it's been stored properly and is in good condition.

Checked the serial, 5 digits beginning in 545 which I believe makes it a 1913 production year..and 100 Years old.

I checked it over with a fine tooth comb and found no major blems other than a small spot of corrosion.

Before I broke it down, I noticed this on the magazine tube right where the action stops.. I assume its a split in the magazine tube. Any ideas if its lost a lot of value? I'm going to keep the gun for sure, might take it out once in a while... I assume since its the magazine tube, its okay to use still for some occasional trap. Kinda bummed me out to see this had happened. Who knows when it happened..lol
http://i89.photobucket.com/albums/k238/nobbe3728/P1010872_zpse462639d.jpg

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bubba15301
April 28, 2013, 10:18 PM
not a defect it is supposed to be there . search for images of model 12's

Liberty1776
April 28, 2013, 10:36 PM
bubba's got it right. You'd better hope that "split" is there... it's needed for the gun to function properly... no problems, your good old Model 12 is ready to go for another 100 years. congrats on a good gun...

CNobbe
April 28, 2013, 11:14 PM
Glad to hear.. It's going to a friend of mine's shop tomorrow for a full cleaning/inspection.

Deltaboy
April 29, 2013, 09:01 AM
They are great and they Don't have a trigger disconnect. So you can empty one. Really Fast.

bainter1212
April 29, 2013, 09:23 AM
Got any better pics?? The model 12 wasn't made to be pretty, but I'm always down for some pics of a functioning 100 yr old gun. Glad you are keeping it alive.

jaguarxk120
April 29, 2013, 09:42 AM
That "split" is called the "stop lug" by Winchester. It prevents the magazine tube from being pulled out too far when removing the barrel assembly from the reciever.

3212
April 29, 2013, 09:55 AM
I have a 1956 Win. Model 12 12 Ga.I got it when I came home from the Navy in 1964.I've taken a variety of small game with it from woodcock to rabbits,squirrels,grouse and turkey.It has a 26 inch barrel.I haven't fired it in 10 years.

Kyle M.
April 29, 2013, 10:13 AM
I just sold a 1956 model 12 field 30" full choke solid rib on saturday to buy a 3 screw blackhawk. I would've kept it but I know where theres a guy with a few for sale at a good price, the blackhawk on the other hand was only the second 3 screw I've seen in the last 12 years. Plus I've had about 1500 rds. sitting around that I loaded after receiving the components for free.

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