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Was there certain years that the barrels on model 12 were marked nickel steel? If so are they more or less valuable

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Brett,

Winchester used Nickel Steel alloy barrels from the start of production in August 1912 through early 1932 when they switched to the Proof Steel (chrome-moly) alloy barrels. From a shooter’s perspective, the Proof Steel alloy barrels are better due to the higher tensile strength. From a collector’s perspective, the Nickel Steel barrels are slightly more desirable due to the fact that they are older (earlier production).

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