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Winchester Mod 20

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by MAURICE, Sep 1, 2008.

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  1. MAURICE

    MAURICE Member

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    Hi all,
    I've had this little gun for a couple of years now and have never shot it. It has mostly just sat in the corner and looks pretty.
    The thing is I am getting the urge to shoot it. It was my grandpa's gun, built back in the 20s. He died when mom was 16 and when grandma died a couple of years ago I inherited it. Is it safe to shoot modern .410 loads in it? The gun itself is in really great shape. I just want to make sure modern loads won't be too much. Also, if anyone knows how to take it down it would be great. I keep it clean, but would like to be able to take it down further than just opening the action. Any help is great appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Maurice
     
  2. rcmodel

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    If it still locks up tight, the gun should be perfectly safe with modern 2 1/2" shells.
    It should not be fired with 3" shells.

    Here is some history.
    It was introduced in 1920, and discontinued in 1924 with only about 23,300 made.
    That makes it a fairly rare model today, and one with some collector value. In excellent condition, it would be worth $600 or more. In Good condition, perhaps $350.

    Old adds:
    http://www.traphof.org/winchester-junior-outfit.htm

    The gun comes apart by removing the forearm. I'm not sure if you remove the screw, or just pull down on the end until a spring release lets go.
    At any rate, once the forearm is removed, open the action and the barrel will un-henge from the action.
    Don't attempt to take it apart any further.

    Do not sand and refinish it!

    rcmodel
     
  3. MAURICE

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    Thanks, rcmodel.
    I have absolutely no intention of refinishing it. Don't worry about that. I was reading something recently about their being two other models similar to the Model 20; one in 20 ga, the other in 12. I may have to try and hunt those down. They aren't worth a bunch, but I think it would be neat to have all three, especially since they are 80 years old.
    And there is no way in hell I would let it go for 600 bucks, or any amount of money. I never met my grandfather, but it means more to me than any amount of dough.

    I don't see myself shooting it very much, but I think it would be cool. I think if grandpa was still with us, he would have like to have seen it get some more use.
     
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    Just wanted to make sure! :D

    SO many folks just want to grab a power sander & a can of DEFT Polyurethane and make Grandpa's old gun just shine! :cuss:

    rcmodel
     
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