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bikerlbf406 07-27-2013 05:00 PM

Winchester 1400 MKII
 
I just put a Winchester 1400 MKII 12 gauge on lay-a-way today. Total price out the door will be $322. It is in excellent condition. I know it's an older gun and I can't find any info out about it on Winchester's website. Does anyone know when they stopped producing these? Are they good guns? Is it worth the price I'm paying? It will be my first automatic shotgun, as the only other shotgun I've used is a 20 gauge pump action. Any thing I should be aware of with automatic shotguns?

mrm14 07-27-2013 05:17 PM

Don't know when they quit making it but I got one in 1970. It was a reliable gas shotgun and had it for many years. I took many pheasant with this shotgun.

MehanoWin 07-27-2013 08:46 PM

The 1400 MK II was produced from 1968 to 1972. They were selling them till 1994.
Yes, the gun is worthed buying, its very good shotgun.
And it's Winchester. Its always good.

bikerlbf406 07-27-2013 08:55 PM

Thanks guys.

bobski 07-29-2013 02:03 AM

hate to rain on your party but be advised...the 1400 was the first mass produced gun in the new new haven plant. winchester was losing money and they had to retool the production line. in doing so, in 65 they stopped making all winchesters hand made. the 1400 was the first machine stamped gun made using an alloy receiver. it replaced the model 59 that was failing to sell due to cracked receivers. 1400 was of lower quality and was meant for the masses....that tended to shoot a gun once a year, if that. for those that shot it a lot, guns began to break and fail. carrier rails cracked, trigger groups would fail and ejectors and extractors would break. ive owned numeorus 1400's that had carrier rails crack. even had one shoot its forearm cap off and right behind it went the mag tube spring and plug! even though early guns had great wood and fit....the cheaper metal fatigues with age. 322 is a fair price. they need to be cleaned spit shine clean.
one good thing i can say about them is they absorb recoil very well. the mk2 designation was the addition of the bolt release button on bottom.

akers06 07-29-2013 02:28 AM

And let the Winchester haters start.....I love the Winchester man and you done just fine for that price....the only thing is just keep it clean they have been known to have a little bit of a cycling problem when they get really dirty

bikerlbf406 07-29-2013 03:24 AM

Well the gun could probably use a descent cleaning, since I don't know the last time it was done, however I will do that before firing it for the first time, like I do with all my firearms, especially a used one in which I don't know the history behind it. The gun appears to have been shot very little and is in excellent condition, I would personally give it a 95% and I'm a strong believer in keeping my firearms clean. I've heard both good and bad about this gun, so I'm curious as to how it will play out for me, but I'm hoping a little TLC will go a long way in keeping it in good operational order.

DrFootball 07-29-2013 09:29 AM

Remembering growing up in my Uncle's shop he sold quite a few,..ESP. When he would run short on Remington's...

bobski 07-29-2013 07:08 PM

to clear the air, my uncle helped build winchesters. i grew up in new haven too. matter of fact, winchesters are pretty close to all i shoot guys. so i dont hate them. im just sharing my personal experiences with you.

biker im sure is keen to have picked up my note on how if they arent shot a lot, (and i consider 250 rounds a day twice a week a lot) he should be ok.

the rule of thumb on winchesters is every model was an improvemnt over the last. model 40's were recalled. so they made the model 50. 50's loosened stocks and people complained about weight. so they made the 59. the 59 cracked receivers, so they made the 1400. the skeet trap people use to destroy them with heavy use...so winchester made the super xm1. and so on. so as you can see, the 1400 stayed around the most for casual shooters.
not knowing the history of the gun, one just needs to be ready for anything after shooting it for any length of time. pamper it and let us know how it does.

akers06, are we cool now?

akers06 07-30-2013 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by bobski (Post 1319233)
to clear the air, my uncle helped build winchesters. i grew up in new haven too. matter of fact, winchesters are pretty close to all i shoot guys. so i dont hate them. im just sharing my personal experiences with you.

biker im sure is keen to have picked up my note on how if they arent shot a lot, (and i consider 250 rounds a day twice a week a lot) he should be ok.

the rule of thumb on winchesters is every model was an improvemnt over the last. model 40's were recalled. so they made the model 50. 50's loosened stocks and people complained about weight. so they made the 59. the 59 cracked receivers, so they made the 1400. the skeet trap people use to destroy them with heavy use...so winchester made the super xm1. and so on. so as you can see, the 1400 stayed around the most for casual shooters.
not knowing the history of the gun, one just needs to be ready for anything after shooting it for any length of time. pamper it and let us know how it does.

akers06, are we cool now?

Yea man lol.....I just figured it was gonna be another bash Winchester thread lol......like the 870 and 500 guys do to the 1300s lol but it's all in what you like.....but I agree with you that the gun prolly isn't going to lay a real long time shooting 2000 rounds a month.....there's not a whole lot of automatics that would


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