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Old 09-20-2013, 02:24 AM   #1
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Default Winchester 1200 for trap?

I just started taking up trap shooting, and I don't know if I can get away with using my father's old Winchester 1200 Hunting. It's a 12 gauge pump, 2 3/4", 28" barrel with bead sights, but what I'm really wondering about is that it's got a built in non-adjustable choke (winchester called it the "win-choke system" I believe). Is this a good or at least decent gun to shoot trap with?

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Old 09-20-2013, 02:51 AM   #2
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I shoot trap with either my 12 or 16 1200s. I generally do ok. They have been my long time squirrel guns. The 1200 series seem to point naturally for me.
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My go-to shotgun for pushin 20 years has been a 1200 12g. Grew up using it, so its been 2nd nature for a long time. Ive aquired others but nothing feels or fits as good, but the mod 12 featherweights come real close. Lost the bead off the 1200 probly 10 yrs ago. Replaced it, and the new one was gone the next day. Never bothered putting another one on it. Fancy shotguns are over-rated to me. The proof is always in the shootin.
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The 1200s have a bad reputation, but if it is what you have and it works, it should be fine for beginning trap. Pump guns were the standard trap guns before O/Us came into vogue. If you start running a lot of shells through it do not be surprised if you start to have problems.
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The Winchester 1200 is an all around gun. It is not specialized for any one task, such as a "trap shooting gun" or a "skeet gun".

I have enjoyed shooting, hunting and protecting my home with my field-grade 1200 since 1974 and have never had a single malfunction. Not in good weather, not in driving rain and winds while duck or goose hunting, not on frigid January mornings in the deer woods, not at a trap station or skeet station.

Do I own other shotguns that are more specialized and have more bells & whistles than my 1200, of course, but it is still my sentimental favorite and still functions flawlessly in 2013.

****The Win-Choke system is not a fixed choke, it is a choke tube system and the tubes are interchangeable and can still be purchased @ many gun shops. The 1200 and newer 1300 Win-Choke tubes are interchangeable.

Good luck and enjoy shooting, hunting, etc. with your Winchester 1200!
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I have used my 1200 since the 1960's . Can't count the number of quail.doves ,ducks and geese I have shot at with it.If sand caused a jam while duck hunting,just dunk and swish it in the Missouri river and am good to go.Toughest gun I have ever owned
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I am sure there have been some that have performed well, but there is no getting around the 1200's deserved bad reputation. It was Winchester's first cost cutting exercise with the pump gun. The 1400 was the semi version. The 1200 was rather quickly replaced with the 1300.
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If it points well for you, and you can shoot it, go for it. I used to shoot trap and skeet with an FIE .410 SB-1, and I usually would get 23 out of 25 with it. It is the shooter most of the time, not the gun.
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I have used my 1200 since the 1960's . Can't count the number of quail.doves ,ducks and geese I have shot at with it.If sand caused a jam while duck hunting,just dunk and swish it in the Missouri river and am good to go.Toughest gun I have ever owned
Correct. Back in 1966, my 1200 was lying in about 4 inches of Lake Ontario water. Poured out the water, re-loaded, and kept on shooting. Still have it, great gun.I hunted on a national game refuge for geese, and between the 4 of us, there were 3 1100's and my 1200. All the 1100's jammed at least 3 times, while my 1200 just kept popping.
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Hunting is different than shooting trap. When hunting seldom do you shoot enough to get the barrel hot and keep it hot. Even in a good dove field you might shoot 50 rounds. It's not hard to shoot 200 rounds or more when shooting trap. All he can do is shoot the gun. If it binds up once it gets really hot he can take a break or get a Mossberg 500.
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