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win model 12 16 gauge with poly choket

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by adler3200, May 21, 2010.

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  1. adler3200

    adler3200 TS Member

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    I have winchester model 12 16 gauge w/poly choke.Can anyone tell me if the poly chokes was original on these ,thanks manny
     
  2. boomer

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    If the Poly is original, there will be NO choke marking on the barrel--mod--full etc. If the choke is marked--it's aftermarket installation.
     
  3. adler3200

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    It is mod on barrell ,does the aftermarket choke hurt value. and the serial is 954xxx can you tell me when it was made. thanks
     
  4. oldgahchamp

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    According to my information, your gun was made in 1942. I would guess it's worth around $250-300. Larry
     
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    Yes--the value is cut by up to 50%.
     
  6. Hitapair

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    If you got enough barrel left to do it, I'd cut the poly off and tube it.
     
  7. adler3200

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    THIS GUN IS 98%, YOU WOULD STILL TAKE OFF POLY CHOKE.
     
  8. boomer

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    Polychokes can be very useful. I've had them on numerous guns over the last 50 years. A 98% M12 16 with a poly would be worth about $400 or so. I would not remove it. In the polychoke era of the 40's and 50's most guns were cut to 26" including the length of the poly. REmoving it would leave you with a very short barrel. If the price is right and you like it--buy it. M12's are great guns esp. in 16 bore.
     
  9. Model Number 12

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    Leave it be. I have several M12's with Poly-Chokes that I shoot and hunt with. At one time the Poly-Choke was a popular addition to a fixed choke shotgun, in fact my grandfather had a Browning Sweet 16 with an added Poly-Choke that he used for duck hunting and my father-in-law used an M12 with an added Poly-Choke for all his hunting. He told me that at the time (the '50's) it was common thing to add one to your shotgun. You also could send your M12 barrel back to Winchester and they would install a Poly-Choke for you. Your gun is representative of the time before screw-in chokes were available, and while it's true that the value is effected by the modification, you will impact it even more if you start trying to "un-do" what's been done, especially if the gun is in as good a condition as you say it is. As they say: "it is what it is". (Whoever "they" are). Enjoy.
     
  10. adler3200

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    Thanks for all the advice.
     
  11. ricks1

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    You can look around and find another barrel too
     
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