Winchester 1300(1200&120)

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Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby Columbia Basin Local » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:43 pm

Came across one the other day and did some research on model history,parts exchange,barrel swaps, and etc. Never heard anybody on this forum mention hunting with one. Anyone have any knowledge of its fit,finish, and function say compared to other pumps? Seems like the one I saw had some good points and some bad. Bad was the size of slide release and the forward hand positon. Anyone have an opinion on 'em?
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby jaysweet3 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:30 am

I have a 1300. It's a fine gun. I haven't shot it in about ten years, but it worked fine. Just like a 870 or a 500.
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby clampdaddy » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:32 am

Columbia Basin Local wrote:Came across one the other day and did some research on model history,parts exchange,barrel swaps, and etc. Never heard anybody on this forum mention hunting with one. Anyone have any knowledge of its fit,finish, and function say compared to other pumps? Seems like the one I saw had some good points and some bad. Bad was the size of slide release and the forward hand positon. Anyone have an opinion on 'em?

I always liked the one my dad had. It was lighter than my 870 so I'd sneak it out of the house for a morning pheasant hunt. My only complaint was that the safety was in the wrong spot for me. If it wasn't for that I'd have bought one for myself.
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby Art Vandelay » Mon Jul 29, 2013 7:40 am

I have a 1200 which I bought new in 1967 ($69.) I have shot thousands of rounds thru it and not one malfunction., and it is slick as a whistle. I purchased a 18 1/2 barrel for it, and it is now my HD gun. Also I carry as a back up when Duck hunting., w 28" mod barrel.
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby Spunky » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:45 am

Art Vandelay wrote:I have a 1200 which I bought new in 1967 ($69.) I have shot thousands of rounds thru it and not one malfunction., and it is slick as a whistle. I purchased a 18 1/2 barrel for it, and it is now my HD gun. Also I carry as a back up when Duck hunting., w 28" mod barrel.



Bought mine (1200) in 1970 and never had to have any work done on it. Keep it clean and it's as slick as anything. Points well and kills birds when I do my part.
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby CutEmUp89 » Mon Jul 29, 2013 8:53 am

I used to shoot my 1300 in my early duck hunting years, nothing wrong with it I just wanted a 3 1/2" gun. I still use it to shoot slugs deer hunting.
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby sstermer » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:15 am

I bought a 1300 used when I started hunting waterfowl, I have never had trouble with it. I still carry it for small game hunting and I really like the way it fits. The only reason I stopped using it was that I bought a Mossberg 835 for the 3 1/2" capability. My son will most likely start hunting with it this year.
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby Columbia Basin Local » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:48 pm

Thanks for repsonse guys. Exactly what i wanted to know. Iv'e done some more research and it seems as though it was just an alternative to an 870 or bps. Sorta like any gun debate, different strokes for different folks. I personally thought the action was the best part of it. Handled a new Ithaca 37 today. I thought that was supposed to be smooth like a bps(solid built). The 1300 is way better although, the 37 did point better,much like a model 12. Thanks again!
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby Art Vandelay » Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:13 am

The Ithaca M37 is a great gun, with bottom ejection.(John Browning design), it you reload this is a great feature. I bought one used a couple of years back for $195 and I like it a lot. However it is very light and kicks harder (no biggee) with the Steel loads than my Win 1200., a recoil pad would help. Either gun would serve you well. Just make sure you buy one with a mod choke or IC., full is not recommended for steel shot
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby dsm16428 » Tue Jul 30, 2013 3:02 pm

Throw a Carlson's Mod (mid range) Super Steel choke in it and pattern it. I would be willing to bet you'll be very happily suprised how well it patterns! My own 1300 shootspatterns better than any other gun I own except my 835's with steel or HTL shot. I'm getting right about 93% patterns at 40 yards with a few BB steel loads and with a .670 PG it puts up simply devistating patterns with #6 Hevi or Win Ext Range turkey loads. It was my second shotgun ever (1st was an old hand me down steven 12 gauge pump) and I wouldn't hesitate for a second to take her out and heat up her barrel in a goose blind!
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Re: Winchester 1300(1200&120)

Postby buckeye5 » Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:21 pm

I bought my 1200 in 1978. Inflation must have really set in. I got it new for$108.00. It never gave me any problems. Can't begin to tell you how many rounds I put through it. Bought the 1300 and put a deer barrel on the 1200. Great deer gun now. Since then I bought the SX3. Got Winchester in my blood. I have seen quit a few 1200 and 1300 for sale used. None of them less than $150.00 now.
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