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Wilkinson stamp real or fake?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by dale58, Nov 6, 2011.

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  1. dale58

    dale58 Member

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    I have a trap gun with Wilkinson stamped on the bottom of the mono block. A shooter at a local gun club said someone had stamped this on mono blocks of some barrels to make them worth more. I called Tom Wilkinson to see if he had any records on barrels he had worked on, and he said he lost all his records on his computer due to a lightening strike. But he said he always stamped Wilkinson on barrels he did work on. My question is has anyone else heard of this rumor? Thanks, Dale
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Compare the lettering and placement with a known good barrel. Order of pics around.
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    skeet_man Well-Known Member

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    I'm guessing if you sent the barrel to him, he would be able to tell his work and his stamp from someone elses, and be able to return the barrel to you with a letter of authenticity (or not).
  4. dead on 4

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    I have a barrel Stamped T. Wilkinson that I bought from a reliable seller, who said it was one Wilkinson's barrels. I called Tom about the screw in chokes because one is 0.50. Tom said the barrrl is probably one he worked over, but the chokes were not his, as he has never choked anything 0.50.

    So who knows???

    Surfer
  5. bjk1972

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    I called to verify my barrel work on a gun I bought, and Tom told me same thing. He said he would gladly verify if he had barrels in hand. I've measured all three barrels(combo) and they all measure the same. The tubes are all etched with the constriction and use (singles, handicap, and first shot of doubles) and serial number of gun. PM me a pic of stamping and I'll compare to mine if you want.
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    "are soon parted."
  7. missed some

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    why??? would anyone go to the trouble of doing that??? and if the barrel breaks targets, who cares?? man talk about overthinking, is there actually a group, a guy? making a living on forged names on shotgun barrels?? WOW...........
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    I sent a barrel to him back in 2006 and when it came back I couldn't find a stamp it anywhere. I called to ask about it and the lady that answered the phone said, "Sometimes he doesn't stamp them". ???

    Gary B.
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    Does it look like this?


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    Silver Seitz barrel.

    Gene Batchelar
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    Yes, the one i have looks just like that. Thanks Dale
  11. dead on 4

    dead on 4 Well-Known Member

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    Mine doesn't.

    Surfer
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    Mine doesn't have a stamp either. I have the receipt listing my serial # though.

    Larry
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    Seems strange, stamp some, but not all? Hmmm, makes me wonder. I think I would not
    trust the process. Imprinting letters on and in metal is not difficult.
    Buyer beware.

    Just some thoughts,

    Gunnerx11
  14. dale58

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    This is mine
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    Mine doesn't look like gene's or dale's.

    Surfer
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    Like geeber said, maybe he didn't stamp all of them. But has anyone else in the whole country heard of this rumor of barrels being stamped so the gun could be sold for a higher price? I have only heard this from one local shooter, and I'm not sure i believe him. Dale
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    I have a Ljutic...Perazzi and an Alfermann...all done by Tom at different times...Stamping all looks the same...upper case WILKINSON..all three shoot the same POI and smoke targets...

    Dave
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    Gennerex: Are you saying Wilinson's work is junk or suspect?? Are you just running your mouth to be part of the conversation??

    Because you just proved you don't know squat about barrel work.

    Don
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    Don,

    WTH ?

    What I took Gunnerx11 to mean is that if someone was offer for sale a barrel that was advertised as worked on by Wilkinson, he would not just take their word for it as it would seem easy enough to fake.

    He did not imply that Wilkinsons work was anything. Nor did he represent himself as an expert in barrel work.

    He stated the obvious.
  20. dale58

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    I think short of sending my barrel to Tom for him to verify his work, I feel pretty good that it is his work. I have since measured the bore at .749 and the fixed choke at .711 for .038 full choke. It shoots nice full patterns on paper at 32- 35 yards and breaks targets even better. ( if I do my part ). Dale
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