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 Post subject: Winchester Auto, fiberglass barrel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:21 am 
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Whats the story on this gun? age, any good etc. etc. remroc1, Thank You.



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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Auto, fiberglass barrel
PostPosted: Fri Nov 12, 2010 11:42 am 
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You must be writing about the model 59. I bought one new in the early 60's. It was a great salt water duck gun with the alloy receiver and glass wrapped barrel. I had no problems but I have heard that some had delamination problems. The short recoil system had to kept very clean to function reliably.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Auto, fiberglass barrel
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 12:20 pm 
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Generally well thought of. I have heard of some receiver cracking. But I have no personal experience with them.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Auto, fiberglass barrel
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:53 pm 
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I have two of these shotguns, one with the removable chokes and the other with the fixed choke. I shoot trap with both of them. It is the same action as the Model 50 which it replaced. I would not shoot magnums or heavy field loads out of them but trap loads work fine. They are definately made better than the model 1400 that replaced them.

The barrel is a .020 thick liner that is wrapped with 500 miles of fiberglass and then painted.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Auto, fiberglass barrel
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:54 pm 
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elmo123; Only 500 miles, well I should stay away from them. Now if it were 600, well that would be differant :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Auto, fiberglass barrel
PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:45 pm 
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I have one, I really enjoy shooting it. It points and handles very nicely, but has to be kept very clean to cycle reliably. Also, I have read that they are prone to the receiver cracking if heavy loads are used.

They are a real PIA to disassemble until you have done it a couple of times. Once you get the hang of it, its no problem...

Give it a shot...

-Bear




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