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Model 12 with Poly Choke ventilated rib
September 9, 2020
4:45 am
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I have a 1950 Model 12 Heavy Duck Gun with a poly choke ventilated rib on a 32” barrel. The rib is lifting off the barrel near the magazine. Should I have it repaired or removed? Does the aftermarket rib devalue the gun? Thanks in advance for any help. 

September 9, 2020
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Bill,

The Polychoke devalued the gun beyond repair. The aftermarket Vent Rib is just another detractor. I would have it fixed, and then shoot the heck out of it.

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September 10, 2020
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The barrel does not have a Poly Choke, it’s a full choke. The ventilated rib has Poly Choke engraved on the side of it. Does it still devalue it. 
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September 10, 2020
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Yes, it does devalue the gun. Aftermarket alterations never help the value of an otherwise collectible Winchester.

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September 10, 2020
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but its a lot more desirable than one with the actual aftermarket turd on the end of the barrel….is it wearing field grade wood or an upgrade either factory or aftermarket…..

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September 14, 2020
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No, It doesn’t appear to be field grade. The stock and grip are smooth and the forearm is ribbed. I have a 1953 30” Model 12 heavy duck gun with a checkered grip and forearm along with engravings on the receiver. Is that considered “field grade”?

Sorry for the slow response. 

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