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Question to all Model 12 experts

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by smoke-um, May 7, 2012.

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  1. smoke-um

    smoke-um Active Member

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    What is the best and most sought after Model 12 for trap pros and cons ???
     
  2. SPACE GUN

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    I am no expert! But to me it is the one my Father gave me 25 years ago. It is nothing special as model 12's go but to me it means alot. If I was looking to buy another to shoot or collect I would go with a pigeon grade or one with trap stamped on the magazine. A pre 1964 for sure. Best gun ever made period.
     
  3. fishguts

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    Not an expert. A pigeon or super pigeon are very nice guns, but expensive. A regular pre-64 M12 trap trap that has been un-fooled with would make a great trap gun and by looking around you should be able to find one in the $800 to $1000 range. A built up gun is also another way to go, but will cost more.

    My favorite M12 is a gun that I had built-up in 1991. Never had a problem with it and I got to the 27 yard line with it.

    Wayne
     
  4. ljutic73

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    The one my Dad gave me for my birthday in 1979....it was a very nondescript field gun 12ga. 28" Mod. I had it done up with a Simmons rib and a high end blue job and new wood. I hardly ever shoot it but it's got a place in my heart forever and will be passed down to my grandson...
     
  5. JohnR

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    Hard to go wrong with any Model 12 Trap, graded guns are more desirable but you have to be careful as there are a lot of fakes out there. Guns that are original will hold their value but are harder to find,trap shooters love to mess with a gun.

    As far as shootability I have found that any Model 12 in trap configuration works well for me whether its a build up,a pre 64 or a Y model, they all work well and crush targets.


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    Pics are of my Y Model, 1961 with a custom stock, Simmons build up on a 1928 and an original 1948 2 pin.

    JohnR
     
  6. Redcobra

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    John, you have too many Model 12s.
    I still think that Remington 31 is the stunner of the bunch though.
     
  7. Auctioneer

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    28ga full engraving I would say.
     
  8. spritc

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    My favorite is below, but not for sale. Some of the engraved are absolutely beautiful with B carved wood.

    Steve

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  9. smoke-um

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    WOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Sky Buster

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    A pre-64 is the most desireable. A built-up M-12 is the least desireable.
    A gun with a Simmons rib rather than a Winchester installed rib is less desireable and valuable. Winchester started using cast parts rather than
    forged parts in 1960. For my money, the gun would have to be built prior
    to 1960. A Y series uses alot of cast parts including the receiver.
     
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