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Winchester Model 24 advice

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by squirrelkiller, Oct 11, 2009.

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  1. squirrelkiller

    squirrelkiller TS Member

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    Got Blue Book, don't need price. What is the good, bad and ugly about the gun? Any hidden problems? Poor mans Model 21?

    Thanks,

    Rod
     
  2. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    I have one that I have used for hunting. It has never caused any problems but I dont like the triggers, not enough room between them for my big fingers
     
  3. Doug Brown

    Doug Brown Well-Known Member

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    They are more "clubby" than a 21.
     
  4. Savage99Stan

    Savage99Stan Active Member

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    Seem to be valued higher than the workmanship warrants. It is/was an attempt by Winchester to produce a domestic double at a low price. It is virtually a pair of 37s joined together. Solid. Real walnut. Blue steel. Everything I think a double should be except graceful. I've had three and traded each and every one away for a. An Ithaca SKB 100, b. An AYA 20, and a c. Stevens 5100 20. Each one a better fit for me than the Winchester. (I do like old Winchesters..don't get me wrong.)
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I bought a clunker Model 24 with the barrels cut to 18" for $79. Later found a set of well thrashed 30" mod/full barrels for $10 at a gun show. Used it for years for cowboy shoots.<br>
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    I did modify the triggers. It was clumsy having to remove your finger then reinsert it for the rear trigger. This slowed down the second shot in cowboy shoots. So I took the gun apart and reversed positions of the triggers. Now I can wipe across the first trigger and then hit the second trigger. Of course, this also reversed the firing order of the barrels, which means the full now fires before the mod. But I'm not using this for hunting, so it made little difference to me.<br>
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    I've heard two schools of thought about the Model 24. It is either the worst piece of crap Winchester ever made and the springs and firing pins won't last and the hinge and release prematurely wear out, or it is quality all out of proportion to its price. I suspect the truth is a blend of the two. Mine has never given me any trouble, and it has been beaten up pretty well and tossed in the back of a pickup. I do not baby this gun.<br>
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    BTW, with the 18" cylinder bore barrels it didn't do too badly at singles with small shot.
     
  6. squirrelkiller

    squirrelkiller TS Member

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    I appreciate your thoughts and experiences. I think I'll let it go.
     
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