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 Post subject: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 7:16 pm 
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I recently bought a Sears/Ted Williams Model 200 20 gauge with a variable choke and vent rib. The markings on it include P196471, M200, 20 GA, 3CHAM, No. 273 5450. I have been told it's a Winchester 1200 in Sears clothing, although it doesn't look exactly like a 1200, or it's a Mossberg G4. I have yet to find an cross reference that matches exactly what I have.

I'd like to know who manufactured it, when, and can I fire a slug through the choke without damage. I hear it will take down a deer. I have fired some shot through it, light loads at clay pigeons, and I will say it's pretty sweet. I paid $200 for it, and it looks brand new. What can you tell me about this shotgun?




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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 8:42 pm 
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It was made by Winchester. Basically at Model 1200 with some modifications to the receiver and trigger guard.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:14 pm 
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THNX old Cowboy ... can I fire a slug through it without damage to the choke?


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:25 pm 
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I used to own a 12g Ted Williams M200 with a variable choke on it. The gun was made by Winchester for Sears, and is based upon the Winchester 1200. The back of the receiver is a slightly different shape than the 1200, and there are minor differences in the stock.

It's a great $200 shotgun.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:24 pm 
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milfordmarine wrote:
THNX old Cowboy ... can I fire a slug through it without damage to the choke?


Yes. Just set the choke to the most open setting.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:34 pm 
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Hey Pump Gun,

THNX ... gonna take it for whitetail next season. Any suggestion on a shell?


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 7:57 pm 
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Stick with rifled (Foster type) or Brenneke type slugs. Try different brands on paper, and go with the one that gives the tightest groups. Every shotgun I've ever shot a slug out of hit about 6" high at 25 yards, so I assume this is typical.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:10 pm 
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PumpGun,

THNX for the info. I'll pick some up and practice.

MM


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 2011 6:28 pm 
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Try the Federal Truball Slugs. Very accurate in a smooth bore.

Lock and Load! :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 5:54 pm 
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Have done some more research and have verified that the Ted Williams Model 200 20 gauge I own is, in fact, NOT a Winchester 1200, but a Winchester 1300. I downloaded the owner's manual for the 1300 from the Winchester factory site, and it is piece for piece, exactly like my Sears Ted Williams. Finally solved that little issue. Nice gun for the $$$. ;-)


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:04 pm 
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1200/1300, same gun, with some very slight differences. None that you can really tell at a glance.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:43 pm 
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I thought the 1200 was a straight barrel and the 1300 was vented? I've been trying to upload a pic to no avail. Really nice you can go to the Winchester factory site and download the old owner's manuals.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:11 pm 
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Both 1200 and 1300s were offered with plain and vent rib barrels.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 7:35 pm 
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This is why you;re Crown Grade and I am Utility. THNX for all the info and help on this.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:43 pm 
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That was first shotgun my Dad bought me, a Ted Williams 20g from Sears! Wore the finish off the stock hunting pheasants / rabbits and busting clays from a old portable otters thrower.

Still have both the 20g and the thrower!

The


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:04 pm 
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What year was that m2fun? The one I picked up last year looks like it was ever hardly fired. It sure swings well. I have blasted clays with it already and really like it. I'm thinking of taking it out for white tails in the fall.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:55 pm 
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That was in 1972. Nice weight and balance.
A buddy borrowed it for a last minute duck hunt, did just fine.

The 12g version is a nice shotgun too.


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 Post subject: Re: Ted Williams Model 200
PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:09 pm 
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Am I right to assume if I use this shotgun for deer hunting I would be better off wth a rifled barrel, a replacement barrel, like a "deerslayer?" I understand you can buy them under $200.




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