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 Post subject: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 8:08 pm 
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Howdy gents- I am trying to find out what you guys in the know think I have and possibly assign a value to it if possible.

I have a Winchester Model 42 26" 3" chambered gun with Simmons rib. I was told that Simmons modified it by putting on the rib and adding the forend that is checked. The barrel was marked MOD, but it was stamped over and SKEET marked below it. The serial number is 154313 which appears to be 1961. My Pop flew for Mr. Hodgdon (Powder) and knew the guys at Simmons. It has been in out possession since the mid 60s and is in 98% condition I'd say. The stock is Winchester with the hard butt plate. The forend is the checked and not the round ribbed kind.

Thanks in advance for any and all info!

I did research and found the more I read, the less I know. I know my 45s and wheel guns. I fall short on the old shotguns.




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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 11:58 am 
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The prices for Model 42's rose sharply in the last ten years.
A 1962 with an aftermarket forearm and overstamped MOD choke is likely still worth $1200.
Mine is a similar year, Full choke, Simmons rib, Fajan stocked gun with engine jeweling on the bolt and shell lifter that is probably in the same ballpark.
I paid $700 tax incl. back in about 2010.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 12:21 pm 
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Folks are asking more than that for plain ones. I think more

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:04 am 
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I think you need to look at somewhere like Cabelas and Gunbroker and see how these things are priced now. I can not imagine that it is worth any less than $1600 or so and it might be a lot more if it is nice wood. It may not be "collectible" any more but it is still a highly desirable gun with a good following. And lots of people want one to actually shoot with. Pictures and a request on the Winchester Forum section of Shotgun World would bring a better estimate and is worth doing.

Just a Simmons upgrade with the rib and lightly figured stock costs around $1300 now. Too many of these guns have a Cutts now for me to think that a full barreled one would come cheap.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 9:55 am 
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Ned Schwing’s book on the 42 states that any gun with a factory Cutts is RARE.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:04 pm 
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Yeah, I bet it is. And you just bought one with the Cutts and know a lot about 42's.

I admit it. I do not know squat about model 42's. But I have shot a few and looked at them in the stores a few times. I just thought the$700 number above was very, very low. I bow out.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 5:22 pm 
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All I know about them is what I have read in books.

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2018 8:05 pm 
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I know enough about them to know I got a good deal.
You have to have something better than a plain old shooter to command much more than $1200.
For instance a completely original prewar gun, a solid rib, short chamber, a Skeet model or a Trap model will all bring in much more money.
I don't think a few final years production gun that is heavily tampered with will bring the big money.
You might ask for $1600 and only be offered $1200.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 6:43 am 
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Single stack- you have real world advice that was spot on in my case. I was told by a local guy yesterday who knows the Simmons guys that it should be in the $1500 asking but guys will offer $1300.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester Model 42 Simmons ribbed
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 6:14 pm 
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Estimated value for sight unseen property is sketchy at best.
I'm pleased to have some agreement with my guestimate.
I hope to be as lucky again when my money is on the line.
I am notoriously cheap and I'm willing to walk away.




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