Dating winchester model 12 shotguns

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70, 71, 72, 74, 75, 77, 88, 100, 190, 250, 270, 290 Reposting this to this thread so it doesn't get lost: I've been asked more than once, why almost all the sources for Winchester manufacture dates, for all the various models of Winchesters, is flawed.This is the answer in short, with the reason for the importance of correcting it.It's been know for years that his info was incorrect, but until now, no one has done anything to correct it. Bruce, I'll have to ask Bert about your serial number to be sure, but I "think" some of those may have been parts clean up. The S/N is stamped on the bottom of the reciever where the barrel mates & on the bottom of the trigger guard. I have the newly updated dates of manufacture, and production numbers for Winchesters. Interesting note, in the following year, only 477 were produced. Where on the stock is the serial number, and how was it applied?

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When your valuable "Antique", suddenly becomes a less valuable "C&R", or your low number production year suddenly falls into a year that set a production record, you wouldn't want the unknowing sucker to see that, before you unloaded the rifle on him at a profit would you? gadjeep, one of Bert's cohorts is doing a survey on 1892's like Bert has on the 1885's and 1894's. John PR = Polishing Room, I made that note from the list here, pretty good indicator your rifle will letter from Cody. Thanks, Geologyjohnok, I'll try you :) model 54 30-06 with a Stainless barrel sn:31584a I the past i was under the impression it was a 1929? My '73 .44-40 SRC looked like it had been used for a grape stake, after hunting woolly mammoths!Since the Madis information was never questioned, until now, it was taken as gospel and reprinted almost everywhere you seek the info.The Blue Book of Gun Values has now been the first source to the public, to print the revised DOM's.....For all the problems Madis caused by knowingly listing false information, Winchester collectors of the world owe him a debt of gratitude. A few models were not serial numbered, and a few there are no serial number records, but both have production numbers and the years produced. Man, that brings back some old memories, none of which I could post here.: D 80604 would be 1899, if that "B" is an "8", it would be 1925. My best WAG would be 1913-14Model 1876 serial #1738X made in 1881, 8506 made that year.He was the guy that salvaged all the records from a dumpster, where Winchester had tossed them! Models list: Henry Rifle, 1886, 1873, 1876, Hotchkiss Rifle, 1885, 1886, 1887, 1890, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1900, 1901, 1902, 99 Thumb Trigger, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1910, 1911, 12, 20, 21, 24, 25, 36, 37, 40, 41, 42, 43, 47, 50, 52, 53, 54, 55 Lever, 55 .22, 56, 58, 59 .22, 59 shotgun, 60, 60A, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 67, 677, 68, 69, 697. Been thinking about making it into a riot or trenchgun configuration. I'm an advocate of "it's your gun, you can do what you want to it" (with a few exceptions), But chopping up old Winchesters, does make me cringe. I should be bartering this info for vintage Winchester gun pron pics, but I'd just end up drooling all over my keyboard.:) psssniper, what cal and do you shoot it?

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