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Should I use this gun?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Tron, Apr 14, 2012.

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  1. Tron

    Tron Supporting Vendor Supporting Vendor

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    I recently acquired a NIB Winchester M12 20ga field gun that I plan on using for upland hunting...but, maybe I shouldn't? I know that it's just a Model 12, but this is a sweet little gun and I find the "to shoot or squirrel away" paradox a bit of a problem.

    Should I use it?

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  2. RickN

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  3. 687_SP_II

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    Use it. These gun were made to be shot. That way you will get the enjoyment out of it. If you don't shot it someone else will get that enjoyment when you are gone.
     
  4. JACK

    JACK Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

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    Are you kidding me? Make a profit if you bought it right or enjoy the shooting experience. You cannot lose either way. And these little guns have little appreciation or depreciation at this point. Shoot it. Send it to me, I'll break it in.
     
  5. Tron

    Tron Supporting Vendor Supporting Vendor

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    A pic without the plastic.

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  6. skeet_man

    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    2 options. Shoot it regularly and enjoy it for 30 years. Or stick it in the gun safe, look at it occasionally, and enjoy it once, when you sell it for a little bit of profit in 30 years.
     
  7. N. J. BOB

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    Tron

    I will be very happy to take all the pressure off your mind. Close the box and ship it to me,I will break it in asap...
     
  8. Simon Engraving

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    does it have donut bases
     
  9. RickN

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    Aahhhhh so.......

    I think you can shoot that one Tron.
     
  10. Bvr Tail

    Bvr Tail Well-Known Member

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    You have a PM!
     
  11. BigM-Perazzi

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    does it speak Italian??

    Beretta's like Italian...
     
  12. W.P.T.

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    Sweet ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  13. wayneo

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    Hell yes shoot it, it's a field gun. I don't know why, but birds taste better when whacked with a M-12 20 gauge. JMO

    Wayne
     
  14. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I have it's older brother, the Browning M12 in 20ga.

    Sweet gun, nice and light. My only criticism is the fixed choke, but fortunately it's a mod. I'd sure like to find an extra barrel assembly bored to skeet or IC.

    In fact, I used mine for trap and sporting clays for a couple of years while I was deciding what gun to settle on. Did not want to go back to an 870. Finally went with an 1187.

    Have used it for pheasants, but the choke (mod) is a bit tight for quail, at least on the forest trails and old logging roads here. It also makes for a good rabbit gun, and tree squirrels too.
     
  15. Rastoff

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    Normally I would tell you to shoot it. But, the Model 12 has enjoyed a renaissance of sorts. I need a little more info before I can offer up an opinion.

    What year was it made? Was it made in Japan by Miroku? If it is, I estimate it could sell for as much as $1,000 in its current condition. As it sits, it is a 100% gun and those are rare in any model or make. If you paid less than that for it, you might be able to make a few dollars.
     
  16. Brian in Oregon

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    Yes, it is a Miroku gun, twin to the Browning Model 12.

    Pity neither Browning nor Winchester brought the Model 12 back in 12 ga.
     
  17. johnboy

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    If it was made in New Haven, Connecticut keep it in the box. If it is Japanese, shoot it.
     
  18. Setterman

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    See if it chambers the 2nd round after firing the first round. They are notoriuos for dumping the 2nd round on the ground.
     
  19. kraiza

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    Shoot the gun. Thats what it was made for.
     
  20. SevenMaryThree

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    Sell it and buy a Benelli. If the weather this fall is anything like it was last November, you'll regret ever owning it.

    Besides, a trap shooter like you will never be able to hit anything with that short barrel and field comb. You'll be hitting 15 feet low at 50 yards...I've seen it!!!!


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