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Winchester Model 12 Rebuild

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by truedge, Apr 25, 2010.

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  1. truedge

    truedge TS Member

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    Has anyone had a Winchester Model 12 Trap gun rebuilt lately? I am aware of several firms advertising this as a specialty but would really like to hear from anyone who has had the work done recently and are satisfied with the results.
     
  2. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    truedge: There is only one true "master" on rebuilding a Model 12. That is Stu Wright. He is the "Guru" for refurbishing this gun. Stu has did work on my Model 12's as well as my Super X-1's and my Model 50. See above website. Ed
     
  3. short shucker

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    esoxhunter,

    While Stu is a gifted gunsmith, he's hardly the only true "master" {as you put it} of the M-12. There are a number of gunsmiths on the Winchester Historical Society directory that can do an as new or better rebuild of a M-12.

    I've seen two guns done for the WHS that Stu had nothing to do with.

    ss
     
  4. esoxhunter

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    There are a "ton"of gifted gunsmiths out there. I may have not stated my previous reply in a correct manner. If it were me, and I wanted a Model 12 refurbished in a correct and professional manner; I would opt for Stu Wright to do the work. This is just my opinion; based on the experiences of others and myself. I might add that if I were to have a 3200 rebuilt it would be Pat Laib who would perform the work. If I had a 90T and wanted it refurbished it would be Doug Braker who would perform the work. JMHO. Ed
     
  5. butch32

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    Stu Wright would be my choice as he learned and was taught by the best> the late Herb Orre who worked for Winchester for many years.
     
  6. OLD ONE EYE

    OLD ONE EYE Well-Known Member

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    Stu Wright is a known Winchester model 12 gunsmith with a long history of quality work there are other s for sure but he is a proven model 12 rebuilder.
     
  7. mrpheyed

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    truedge, SIMMONS... I just had them convert an old mod.12 30" field gun to a trap gun. They added a rib,duckbill,jeweled bolt,etc. and complete reblue. I dealt W/ Larry, he was excellent. The gun is a gift for my nephew who is graduating from college. The gun originally belonged to his Great Grandpa. When I opened up the pkg. all I said was "WOW". Regards, Tim
     
  8. Doug Kennedy

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    You can't go wrong with Stu Wright
     
  9. Patrick Haskins

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    I recently had a 1914 Model 12 done by Simmons. I had a donut post rib installed, jewelled bolt and carrier, complete rebuild and action work, and the gun came out great. As soon as I install the wood I will try to post pics as well. Very timely and great work.
    Pat Haskins
     
  10. kirbythegunsmith

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    I did appreciate unsolicited accolades from the primary gunsmith (simmonsguns) at Simmons a few years back after I had posted an answer about a Winchester Model-12 misfire problem.

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    Repair prices are mostly the same in the mid-west, kirby is a really good gunsmith,i would trust him with any of my model 12's.

    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=246711&highlight=kirby

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    I've been a school-trained gunsmith since graduating in 1981 and have developed my own procedures to improve the Model-12 beyond the typical rebuild specifications. I would prefer to rework one before excess wear and loose fit is present. That will pound and upset the surfaces that could otherwise remain integral and intact if not worn to the maximum wear point before having the parts fit restored.

    I compare this situation to a car- that it is better to repair the brakes before they fail and you meet a guardrail, since an earlier repair prevents a costly wreck rebuild that can never return repaired parts (like the frame) to original condition.

    That is why my methods avoid welding the frame and the consequently necessary reblue. Wouldn't you rather have a more economical and improved rebuild done just a bit sooner and avoid frame warpage and refinish?

    Less cost and almost all parts remain intact and original. Tough choice, right?

    Kirby

    Winchester Model-12 mechanical specialist
     
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