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 Post subject: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:41 pm 
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Can anyone comment? Got a chance at one for a REALLY good price. 30" VR, nice condition.

Anything wrong with these? Why haven't I heard much about them?


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:57 pm 
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For the right price I wouldn't turn one down. Do remember this. The 1400 is an example of how cheaply a gun can be made and still function. It is a nice looking gun and I like the feel of them. However, parts are hard to get and they have a couple of weak points. One is the extractor, made of beer can thin metal. The other is the throat. The 1400 is a derivative of the 1300 pump with a gas piston incorporated into it to make it a semiauto. I had a couple but didn't get good service out of them, so I don't have them any more.

Maybe someone else will chime in here with a better appraisal. It is one of the few guns I've ever had problems with. It hasn't been made in several years.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:07 am 
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Not all used and out of production guns are worthy.

Pass on the 1400.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 4:57 pm 
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I have a 1400 20ga and I like it a lot, but I don't shoot it very much. I don't think it would live up to thousands of rounds a year like you do while shooting clays.

If by a 'REALLY good price' you mean $200 or less, then go ahead and get it. Otherwise, you may be better off with something else.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 6:32 pm 
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In the past I owned two Winchester Model 1400 shotguns and a Model 1500 which has the same action.Had trouble with all three of them.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:05 pm 
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I have a Win 1400 12 ga that I bought new. It was always a little finicky on what shells it would function with, but Win ammo worked fine. I have a lot prettier guns now, mainly SXS, and relegated my 1400 to turkey duty. I mounted a red dot sight on a B-Square saddle mount and got a Kick's Gobblin Thunder ported turkey choke and it regularly puts 15-20 #6 pellets into a 2" bull at 25 yards. I just gotta remember to shoot Win 2 3/4" turkey loads. It does the number on the gobblers.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 8:56 pm 
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I understand he had a few back-up guns, but the amazing Wayne Mayes won a World Skeet Championship or two early in his career using a 1400 in the 12ga events.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sat Aug 15, 2009 10:49 pm 
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The only thing Mayes had done to that gun was a Cutts and vent rib from Simmons. Don't know if it is still the record, but at one time he downed 1700 straight birds with his 1400!

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:22 pm 
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Flat Gun wrote:
Can anyone comment?



Winchester 1400s were one of the most popular "Winchester" semi-autos ever manufactured, introduced in 1964 or so just a year after the Model 1200 pump, two years after the 101.

There were a couple of problems, though: tired of losing money, Winchester at that point revamped their entire product line with an eye towards guns they could be competitive with. It also meant downgrading their line, something the shooting public never forgave them for. That was, in hindsight, the end of Winchester.

It didn't help that the 1400 attempted to compete with one of the most popular gas guns in history, the Remington 1100. It never did.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:54 pm 
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I'm no expert, but my father-in-laws 1400 has been in steady use since 1968, never needed a repair!

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 1400???
PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 1:40 am 
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I just got back from trout fishing in Arkansas. I took my pop up Coleman camper. We all had a nice time, caught a lot of trout, had a lot of fun, and I have no complaints.

But looking at the Coleman pop up camper down in Arkansas, I commented to my 15 year old son that the thing was a lot like a Winchester 1200/1400 shotgun. It looked nice, worked well enough, and every single little bitty part in both of them were the cheapest thing they could possibly use. My thirty foot Avion is a nice rig. There isn't a cheap part to be found in the entire camper. If it's wood, it's either marine grade plywood, one inch thick, or solid ash,,,,no veener. If it's aluminum, on the Avion it's thick anodized aircraft grade riveted construction all the way around. On the Coleman all the wood is particle board or chip board, and all the cabinent "wood" is veenered particle board, and all the aluminum is of the cheapest, thinnest variety. It's hard to imagine that Fleetwood made both the Avion and the Coleman, but they did. To far different price points. They haven't made a "real" Avion since 1994, but I believe they are still making those cheap little pop tops even yet.

Don't buy a Winchester 1200 or 1400. They are pretty guns, they handle well, and they'll last the average customer a long time. But they are just aluminum and stamped steel junk on the inside. Parts aren't being made for them, and while they may work well enough, there's just no way to be proud of them.

A Winchester Super X Model One is the real deal. If you want a Winchester semi auto,,,that's the one to wait for and save up your coins and buy. They don't look much different from across the room than a Model 1400. But there's no comparison as to quality.


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