View Full Version : WTK, To cut or not to cut, to refinish or not.

March 23, 2013, 11:51
In need of advice on several recently acquired shotguns. All three were my late FIL's, and had no importance to his sons, as they didn't want them.

First, is a Winchester Model 24
16 GA, 2 3/4" Chamber
24" barrel
Serial Number 103XXX
Manufactured between 1952 and 1953

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As you can see, the finish is rather thin on most of the shotgun, should I have it refinished? The wood is in excellent shape and cleaned up nicely with BLO and #0000 Steel wool.

I don't believe one of the triggers in functioning properly, could any Gunsmith worth his salt be able to correct this, or should I seek a winchester specialist?

Next, is a Winchester Model 120 Ranger, with Winchoke.
12 GA, 2 3/4 & 3" Chamber
28" Barrel
Serial Number L2205XXX
Manufactured in 1988

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Again, the wood is in excellent shape, but the finish on the metal shows a lot of wear.

I'm thinking about having the barrel cut down to minimum length, 18 1/4"?, should I have this done or leave it alone? If I have it cut down, should I have the Winchoke re-installed?

Recommendations, on Gunsmiths welcome.

I'm not a hunter of any kind, so the barrel length is irrelevant to me.


Here's an old Shotgun from the early 1900s, and it is trashed. Is it worth parts, or just trash?

Manufacture- Baker Gun Company, Batavia, NY

They don't have too many Gun Buy Back around here, so that option is out.

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Oh, and this gem was secured too. An antique, wall hanger.

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March 23, 2013, 19:06
Leave the 24 alone, not that long to begin with.

Have your way with the 120.

Send me the Baker.

March 24, 2013, 08:20
Those guns are nice just like they are, and don't need to be sawed off or refinished.

March 24, 2013, 19:57
I'd leave them alone. Go ahead and fix the trigger on the model 24 of course. If you are really hankering for a short barrel on the pump action just buy a 18 inch barrel. You'll have both barrel options and it will cost you less than having a barrel cut,refinished, etc.

March 25, 2013, 08:12
Thanks for the input Gentlemen.

I'm leaning towards purchasing a spare 1200 barrel and tube extension, in lieu of cutting the barrel on the 120

The Model 24 will remain as is. It appears the safety is not working properly on the right side firing pin. I took it a part yesterday and the Safety Slide Push Rod is allowing just enough movement in the trigger, to allow the firing pin to be released. The wear appears to be the same both FPs though.

I'm still deciding on the Baker.

Timber Wolf
March 25, 2013, 12:25
I would not cut down the 120 simply becasue it is fitted with choke tubes. If it was just another fixed Modified choke barrel and you honestly had no need for it then I would say hack away, but do a good job of it so you don't ruin all the guns value. Leave the double 16 alone, use it or sell it for what it is. The Baker is another wall hanger, I have a couple similiar guns myself.