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Model 21 in 20 gauge any opinions?
June 5, 2019
3:30 pm
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A friend inquired about this model 21.  He's looking for a special occasion dove gun and investment.  I simply do not know too much about model 21's or this seller but would like to know more.  I hear 20 gauge is rare and many of the 21's were shot often.  I am curious where you find wear indicators and how this particular firearm stacks up?  Any advise would be greatly appreciated.  Please see the link below.

 

https://stevebarnettfineguns.com/winchester-2-shotguns-for-sale/winchester-model-21-pre-war-20-gauge

 

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Fielding

June 5, 2019
6:32 pm
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I too was looking at this gun earlier. It looks in too good of condition to be concerned with wear. You did notice it is listed as "Refinished"???

June 6, 2019
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I did notice that.  The way "beavertail forearm and pistol grip refinished" followed my "mint condition" make me assume the metal is represented as original.  The metal does look perfect.  Are there places, maybe beneath the barrel, to look for honest wear?  Were model 21's lacquered like model 70's or similar rifles of that era?  Many 1930's or earlier Winchesters had receiver bluing that was prone to flaking, which can be an indicator of original finish.  Is this true for 21's?  What would be a beginners crash course in items to look for when accessing a 21?  On this shotgun a refinished stock could honestly be more durable for hunting than a lacquered stock but refinished metal completely hides whether its a refurbished completion gun or a flaking receiver.  

Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

June 12, 2019
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I always like to measure the bore constriction to see how it matches with the listed choke size. Often Full and Modified guns have been opened-up which invalidates them for me.

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