It depends on whether it is an Express or a Wingmaster, to determine if it is a bargain or not. I paid $350 for a newer Wingmaster with screw in chokes, and felt like I got a heck of a deal. It is a big, rather heavy gun, but that helps when I shoot targets with it.
I have a ‘51 w/ a 28” field barrel (no rib) that was 6 lb 8 oz before I shaved the pistol grip stock down to an English grip. I have long considered having the barrel cut to 24”, but never quite pulled the trigger, in part because I had the choke opened to a skeet II and I don’t know if I’d have to pay for screw chokes with a cut barrel. It is one of my primary upland guns, especially for rain, quail hunting in thickets, etc.
Joined: 12 Feb 2018
Location: West-central Missouri
The gun was Wing-master and serial number was 736XXX range, 28 inch fixed full barrel. Not bad, but not really what I was looking for (wanted a leather holster) just saw a 16ga tag and had to check it out.
_________________ An ounce of fives, the smell of nitro and paper hulls, wet gundog, and Hoppe's #9...
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The 12 gauge is built on a 16 gauge size frame.
The 12, 16 and early 20 gauge guns were built on the same size frame
Sorry, I own a 16 Ga. M31L and a 1950's era 16 Ga. 870 and the M31's receiver is definitely smaller/narrower. The 870 shows a definite accommadation to the smaller 16 Ga. barrel...As I understand it; re-tooled M31 16 Ga. barrels in that era.
Yes, the 870 12 Ga. receiver is far from bulky, but I believe calling it true 16 Ga. is a STRETCH.
Friendly disagreement...NO offense intended.
_________________ I have more 16ga. shotguns than I need, but fewer than I want...At present: DeHaan S2, Remington M31L, Browning BPS, Remington Wingmaster 870.
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