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Sold pending receipt of funds. Just acquired a Winchester Model 12 Skeet Grade in 12 gauge. The gun has 26 inch barrel, solid rib, choked WS1. Front site is a red Bradley and the middle bead is small steel post. Bore of barrel measures .730 and has the proper WS1 constriction of .003. Weight of the gun is 7 pounds 8 ounces and it has a LOP of exactly 14 inches over original Winchester plate. Bluing is 99% condition with only one small rub mark on the action bar. Finish on stock is perfect with no marks that I can find. All screws are perfect and there is no sign that this gun has ever been fired. Bolt face shows no rings and inside of barrel is pristine. I firmly believe the bluing is all original as the lettering and proof marks are sharp and look like they were cut yesterday. The stock finish is perfect color and checkering is correct, but it is so perfect I don't know how a gun could survive 74 years without a mark, but I will let you be the judge.

Gun comes in a hard luggage style breakdown case that is fitted to the gun. I've never seen one like it so I have no idea of the brand or age, but it appears to be of the same vintage of the gun. Case is in good condition. Gun also has the paperwork shown in the pictures.

This is one beautiful gun in super fine condition and you will be proud to show this gun to anyone. I did not assemble the gun as even the bluing in the threads on the barrel are perfect. Price of the gun is $2100 plus $40 shipping in the continental U.S. Contact me at [email protected] with any questions or for additional pictures.

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Will do, it sold in 13 minutes. That is a new record for me. I really appreciate the nice comments. It is a special gun. Wish I could tell positively if it had been refinished. But then as a good friend told me, "if it is that hard to tell I guess it doesn't really matter."
 

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When a Model 12 or 42 refinish is hard to detect, someone spent a bunch on it. I am trying to figure out that case. How old does it appear to be?
 

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It appears to be the same age as the gun, and it is fitted to the gun. Doesn't appear to be home made but there is no brand name. I honestly don't believe there is anyone that can blue a gun and make it look this original, but then I could be wrong. Lettering is much to pristine.
 

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That is no refinish as far as I can see. Even Doug Turnbull doesn't like to do Winchester pump guns. They require too much care and too big an invoice. I had two Model 42 receivers done properly in my collecting career. Each one cost me about twice what a whole gun would have cost at any major refinishing house. It was worth it.
 
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