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Picked up a Winchester Model 12


Marshal Flint
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Hi All,

 

I picked up a Winchester Model 12 it has the customary 30" Barrel and it conmes with the poly choke tube which if I understand the rules correctly is not allowed?

 

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Also, if I understand the rules correctly I can shorten the Barrel to 20" and recrown it?

 

I am new to this and want to make sure I do this the right way!

 

Do you all prefer the 20" vs 30" barrels?

 

Thanks for the help!

 

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Poly choke is not allowed and also not desired. Cutting the to your desired length is a ok and a good thing. I run around 23” on my favorite model 12’s. No shorter than 20”. 18” guns are a little whippy to me especially if we have to engage a clay bird.  Dusty

 

Thank you Dusty! I appreciate the info!

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Marshal -

 

What's that lever at the leading edge of the trigger guard?  Is that an aftermarket speed safety made to work like a Garand's safety?  That probably would be considered an external modification that could be ruled illegal.

 

Worth asking about before you go shoot in a match.

 

Good luck, GJ

 

Did some more digging.  That indeed seems to be an aftermarket "rotating" or "crow's foot" safety that has been found on a VERY few Model 12s - reported to have been marketed in the 50's to work like a Garand or M1 Carbine lever safety at front of trigger guard.  Although we don't use the Model 12 safety in WB matches, I would expect you would have to get that thing cleared by the Rules committee, or it could well be declared an illegal external modification.  Similar to the poly-choke being an illegal modification.

 

Good news is, lots of places have parts for a Mod 12 safety rebuild.

 

GJ

 

 

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Marshal -

 

What's that lever at the leading edge of the trigger guard?  Is that an aftermarket speed safety made to work like a Garand's safety?  That probably would be considered an external modification that could be ruled illegal.

 

Worth asking about before you go shoot in a match.

 

Good luck, GJ

 

Did some more digging.  That indeed seems to be an aftermarket "rotating" or "crow's foot" safety that has been found on a VERY few Model 12s - reported to have been marketed in the 50's to work like a Garand or M1 Carbine lever safety at front of trigger guard.  Although we don't use the Model 12 safety in WB matches, I would expect you would have to get that thing cleared by the Rules committee, or it could well be declared an illegal external modification.  Similar to the poly-choke being an illegal modification.

 

Good news is, lots of places have parts for a Mod 12 safety rebuild.

 

GJ

 

Good eye I didn't even notice that!  I will have my gunsmith friend take care of that.

 

Marshal

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Johnson County,

My thoughts are M12'S are light up front, more barrel, more weight. Plus just what have you lost? If you're not happy,  trim some more off. I have one that's 18", points great,  but I don't  care for the balance. My 20" is fine,  but I think 22" would have been better.

Light up front to me means coming off the target when pumping the gun hard.

Tully

 

 

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Johnson County,

My thoughts are M12'S are light up front, more barrel, more weight. Plus just what have you lost? If you're not happy,  trim some more off. I have one that's 18", points great,  but I don't  care for the balance. My 20" is fine,  but I think 22" would have been better.

Light up front to me means coming off the target when pumping the gun hard.

Tully

 

Hi, I like the idea and I am looking for a M12 so this is something I might try, Thanks, Mike

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