Opening up chokes on Win Model 42

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Uncle Tom, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Uncle Tom

    Uncle Tom New Member

    I have inherited a 28" Winchester Model 42 manufactured in 1955 and in excellent condition. It is choked "Full" according to the barrel markings. I'm a skeet/SC guy not a hunter. I would like advice on whether to have the choke opened up to Skeet or at least IC. Opinions please -- is this an OK idea or have I really damaged a vintage gun that should be saved? No right answer of course, but I'd like to hear from some of you vets.
  2. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Active Member

    Yes,you will lower collector's value. If you are SURE you want to permanently modify this particular shotgun as a shooter,then go ahead. That's the only way you're going to enjoy it even tho I can hear some purists gritting their teeth already. The reason I say it should be ok is since it was inherited,You're probably never even think of selling it anyway.
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2008

  3. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

    If I were you,I would try to find a used barrel with the choke you want or buy a used barrel and have it modified to the choke of your choice,or for that matter have a Win-choke screw in setup installed into a used barrel and leave the original barrel alone. That way you will not ruin the collectors value of the gun. Model 42's are hard to come by these days.
    A standard grade in excellent cond is worth around $1500.00 according to my gun value book. THB