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Model 59
February 24, 2010
4:26 pm
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I have a question regarding a Model 59 and a lightweight Model 50 that I own. I have heard that loads heavier than 1 1/8 will lead to a cracked receiver. Is there any truth to this?

June 30, 2010
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I have personally seen 2 Model 59’s with cracked receivers. Both were very well used. They were (are) still being used, but I certainly wouldn’t recommend it.
I don’t know what the history was on either, so can’t comment on the issue of ammunition.
For my own Model 59, I use it sparingly (once or twice a season) and shoot light target loads for Gambel’s Quail.
If I need to shoot heavier loads for anything, I’ll use a steel receiver gun (Model 12 or Super X 1).

February 28, 2013
5:55 am
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Yep! It happened to a Model 50 Featherweight I used to own. I sent it back to the factory for a replacement, and they installed a steel receiver.

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July 3, 2021
6:59 pm
Tim Wynne

I have several Model 59’s and the newer, hotter loads will crack the receiver horizontally.  I would highly encourage you to keep with the lighter traditional loads.  I have not tried it yet, but I think the Model 59 barrel will fit on a Model 50 base gun.  This would yield a gun weighing somewhere in the middle but allow the hotter loads.

October 13, 2021
11:53 pm

No. I’ve shot mine for years and years with 1 1/2 oz 2 3/4” magnums. Never failed or damaged. It’s a wonderful gun I never was tempted to replace. Nothing better.

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