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Old 11-09-2013, 03:06 AM   #1
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My wife wants a 20ga semi-auto. We were at our local gunsmith today, and he had one for sale. A Winchester 1400, MkII. You could tell the gun has been used. Certainly an imperfect exterior. Some scratches, dents, and dings on the stock. The barrel seemed ok (28"), but the bolt was in desperate need of a good cleaning.

The price tag said $275. We went to two other gun stores, and a big box store, looking for semi-auto 20 gauges. We found a couple, none of which were used, and the cheapest of which was I think $700.

I have read through all the threads I can find on this shotgun. I'm currently leaning against buying it, mostly because of the seemingly difficulty in finding parts for it if something breaks. Plus, several people are saying that it shouldn't be used a LOT. We won't use it that much, but we also don't know the history of the gun. Maybe a previous owner used it a lot. It certainly shows at least healthy use, based on the stock. Excessive use? I have no idea.

I didn't get pictures of it, but snapped one of the tag.

Should I go ahead and gamble a bit on this gun? I don't know that I'll be able to find another 20ga semi for this low price. My wife is basically of the opinion: "its not that much money in the grand scheme of things, if it is a dud at least we're not out $1000." That's true. But I just don't know.

Oh, by the way, it had what appear to me to be a tritium front sight insert.

Convince me to buy, or not to buy, this gun. Ready go. Oh, by the way, I have basically until Tuesday to make up my mind.

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Old 11-09-2013, 03:32 AM   #2
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Bought a Winchester 1400 12 gauge in 1970, had it for many years, and don't recall ever having problems with it.

It took down a lot of pheasant and duck also shot many rounds of trap and skeet.

I did keep it spotless clean inside and out, as it was known, even back then, that it would have problems if it wasn't kept clean.

For the price it would be hard to go wrong even if it went into the crapper in a couple of years.

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Bought a Winchester 1400 12 gauge in 1970, had it for many years, and don't recall ever having problems with it. It took down a lot of pheasant and duck also shot many rounds of trap and skeet. I did keep it spotless clean inside and out, as it was known, even back then, that it would have problems if it wasn't kept clean. For the price it would be hard to go wrong even if it went into the crapper in a couple of years.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad yours served you well. You're right about the price. We may end up buying it, but I want to learn as much as I can about it before we decide.
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I would keep looking. A hundred people may come on here and tell you how theirs were the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they had a lot of problems with them. And the sister 1200 pumps. They were Winchester's first reduced price guns after they changed the designs, and they went a bit too cheap on the parts. They did not stay in production long.

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If you look hard enough, you can find used Rem 1100s, and such in the $400 to $500 range. Hard to find a reliable auto loader below that price point.


If you want a new 20 ga auto loader, check out one of these;

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=375461646

Of maybe this:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=375193937

Keep doing your research before you buy, you are on the right track.

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If you look hard enough, you can find used Rem 1100s, and such in the $400 to $500 range. Hard to find a reliable auto loader below that price point.

If you want a new 20 ga auto loader, check out one of these;

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=375461646

Of maybe this:

http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=375193937

Keep doing your research before you buy, you are on the right track.
Thank you. That's very helpful.
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I would keep looking. A hundred people may come on here and tell you how theirs were the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they had a lot of problems with them. And the sister 1200 pumps. They were Winchester's first reduced price guns after they changed the designs, and they went a bit too cheap on the parts. They did not stay in production long.
Thanks. That's basically my thought process too.
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