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Is the Winchester model 12 in 16ga., 30" bbl., with a solid rib and full choke, a rare configuration? If so is it even more rare with a modified. Saw a gun on "GI" with the config in full choke with a $1,695. 00 asking price. Anybody out there have either config?
 

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I do not have a 16 Ga. Have only seen one 16 Ga with 30" solid rib FULL. I had a 16 Ga solid rib field 28" FULL. I've never seen a 16 Ga 30" solid rib choked MOD. I have a 20 Ga 30" solid rib choked MOD. I've seen 6-8 20 Ga 30" solid ribs choked FULL over the years. I have seen quite a few (more than 10) 30" plain barreled 16 and 20 gauge model 12s choked MOD and FULL.

Small bore model 12s were available with 30" solid ribs by special order only.
 

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Thanks Gunboy: Full would be the logical choice, with the 30" barrel, therefore I assume the modified choke would be more rare. Who knows !!
 

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I have 3 M12's in 16 ga.

- mid-1930's, modified, solid rib 28" barrel

- 1948, full, plain 28" barrel

- 1927, full, plain 26" barrel

I don't doubt there were 30" 16 ga M12's built. Never paid attention so can't say for certain.

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Small bore model 12s were available with 30" solid ribs by special order only.
From the introduction of 30-inch barrels for 16- and 20-gauge Model 12s in April 1931, they were a regular catalog symbol offering until after WW-II, in both plain or matted rib and full or modified choke, and after 1934 improved modified also.

Between The Great Depression and WW-II there weren't a whole lot of them sold.
 
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