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Model 12 SN doesn't make sense
October 31, 2018
4:15 pm
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Charlie
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I have a Model 12 12 ga. 28 inch barrel. There appears to be an O left on the barrel just above the 12 ga mark so I assume it is a modified choke. The buttplate is plain black hard plastic. Grooved slide and plain stock. No rib on barrel. 

I am aware of the SN's for Model 12 and believe those made by Miroku have a "Y' added to serial number. However, the serial number on the receiver is 3782542 which is out of the range for SN's for a Model 12. No serial number on barrel. Usual Winchester proof marks on barrel and receiver as well as alignment arrows on magazine tube and receiver. 

The gun is strictly sentimental as my GF had one that was lost in a fire.  The gun is rough. 

Can someone help with the SN on the receiver? 

October 31, 2018
4:34 pm
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Charlie,

The original Model 1912/12 shotguns were serialized in the 1 - 1970885 range. The later "Y" serial guns were is the very low 2-million serial range. The serial number you mention is not possible for a Winchester Model 12. I suspect that your gun has been buffed, polished, and refinished, and that the original serial number was obliterated in the process, and the someone incorrectly replaced it with the number now on it.

The choke marking was marked either behind the gauge marking, or under it.

Bert

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October 31, 2018
4:51 pm
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Charlie
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Thank You  your reply. Is it safe to assume since the barrel is plainly marked that the receiver is a Model 12 receiver?

October 31, 2018
5:14 pm
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Charlie said
Thank You  your reply. Is it safe to assume since the barrel is plainly marked that the receiver is a Model 12 receiver?  

No, it is not safe to make that assumption.

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October 31, 2018
5:33 pm
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Charlie
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That’s what I was afraid of. Which other receivers might be milled that would accept the Model 12 barrel and slide?

October 31, 2018
8:47 pm
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Charlie,

You need to provide pictures of it so that it can be identified.

Bert

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