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Model 12 saved from scrap heap

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by bluekouki86, Mar 10, 2013.

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  1. bluekouki86

    bluekouki86 Member

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    I got this gun from an older gentleman who was going to throw it away due to many years of neglect. He inherited it from his uncle over 20 years ago and has never touched it since. I know it isn't worth much, but it makes a nice truck gun and keeps it alive to fight another day.

    Before
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    During
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    Yes those are whittled sticks used for a magazine plug

    After
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  2. eastbank

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    we had a bad flood in 1973 and afterwards i bought quite a few flood guns,most were just parts gun by the time i got them,but a few were able to be saved like yours. nice save, if you have choke tubes installed it will make a nice field shotgun. eastbank.
     
  3. bluekouki86

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    This gun has been sitting for over 20 years with no attention, and stored in a damp midwest basement (poor thing). I don't have it choked as I intend to use it as a truck/home defense gun. Such a shame because it is a very early model 12 (1920's).
     
  4. returningfire

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    Great save man. Good for you.
     
  5. bluekouki86

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    Thanks, not to bad for a free gun...well minus all the supplies to fix it.
     
  6. Tallbald

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    Absolutely handsome. Kudos to you Sir! Don
     
  7. stan rose

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    Very nice job.
     
  8. soloban

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    Nice job. Tell us what you did to it.
     
  9. bluekouki86

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    Well it was originally a 30" full choke barrel, but as the first picture shows the last 10" was too far gone. I cut the barrel down to 18 1/4 inches first, then removed as much pitting as possible from barrel and reciever. After all was cleaned up and stripped of what little bluing that was left, I reblued all the pieces and reassembled. The recoil pad is dried up, so I am making a custom steel butt plate.
     
  10. gunut

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    I normaly dont like chopping down guns but I see you had no good alternative ....... it should make a nice riot/HD/zombie gun....I collect model 12s and consider what you did a nice save....wouldnt mind having that one under my bed...
     
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    Good job, man, good job! Proud of ya!
     
  12. jim243

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    Nice job indeed on a classic. I would put a recoil pad on it however.

    Jim
     
  13. 19-3Ben

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    Do tell. That could be really cool.
     
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    it will still take care of business,nice save
     
  15. Liberty1776

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    No Model 12 should be thrown away every, and you have resurrected this one very nicely...
     
  16. batex

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    Please tell us how you did the re blue job.
     
  17. gp911

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    Holy crustaceans Batman! Nice save, always good to see a classic salvaged and put back in service.
     
  18. JAshley73

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    I think it looks rather handsome cut down... Nice work, and nice save.
     
  19. DNS

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    Very nice rescue!
     
  20. bluekouki86

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    Well I'm always trying new things, with that being said I am no expert. I am trying my hand at engraving. I want to engrave "Winchester" in the factory lettering onto a piece of steel then blue it. Hopefully it will turn out ok.

    This is my first time rebluing an entire gun, so I cold blued it. All the parts were disassembled and stripped of rust and old bluing, degreased, then I used a little heat to get the parts up to a very scientific "barely able to handle" temperature. I used Birchwood Casey Super Blue and put a heavy first coat on all parts. When all was said and done most parts probably had 50 coats of bluing or better. The barrel is made of a hard nickel alloy steel making it hard to blue, just took extra coats and some patience. I let it cure over night in the safe and applied a good coat of oil...and the pictures show the results.
     
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    Great save, that's now about a perfect home defense or truck gun.
     
  22. foghornl

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    A VERRRRRY NICE looking HomeLand Security shotgun now.

    First pic of that barrel was rather scary, though. I can understand why you cut it down. I would not have shot it before 'surgery'.
     
  23. Sav .250

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    Congrats sir! The finished product looks great...............
     
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    Seeing the before I wouldn't think the after picture is the same gun. Nice work. tom.:)
     
  25. DaleCooper51

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    Looks Great.

    Well done.
     
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