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winchester 1200 dating
February 3, 2019
6:01 pm
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Jim Clark
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Bert,

One more please L1319362, is steel preferred over stainless for the barrel and do you have an approx value estimate these sell for?

 

Thanks,

 

Jim  

February 3, 2019
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Jim,

Late 1981. The "steel" versus "stainless" steel is a person preference. For those that hunt in wet nasty environments, the stainless steel barrel is probably preferred. If you hunt upland game, the blued steel barrel is nicer (in my opinion).

Model 1200 shotguns are very seldom worth more than $250, especially in used condition.

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February 3, 2019
10:42 pm
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Jim Clark
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Thank you Bert. Appreciate your very helpful information.

March 8, 2019
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Huck
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Hello Bert, got time for one more? L1295295 

From your previous responses I’m guessing early 80s? 

Thank you sir 

March 8, 2019
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Huck said
Hello Bert, got time for one more? L1295295 

From your previous responses I’m guessing early 80s? 

Thank you sir   

1981

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April 16, 2019
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would serial number 416338 be 1966 or 1967

April 16, 2019
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Bud,

No idea, as there are no published numbers for the early production years. All that can be determined is that it is a pre-GCA 1968 gun.

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April 17, 2019
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Bert, to help with the Winchester Model 1200 and DOM issue based on serial numbers with the L prefix, my model 1200 with SN L 837590 was new and in its box in 1975.

April 26, 2019
11:24 pm
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L608541

May 25, 2019
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I just received 2 shotguns. One is a model 37 4/10 3in and the other is a model 1200 with a serial number of 133196 I’m assuming that based on other posts Im looking at pre1964 maybe... any guesses. 

May 25, 2019
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Winchester introduced the Model 1200 in the year 1964, so it is not possible for it to be a "pre-1964". It is my understanding that serialization began at 100000.

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October 2, 2019
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J. Lime
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Anyone know where to get info on the Model 1200's marketed and sold under the Sears Model 200? I have one, SN 26605, with MOD 273.2250 on the barrel. Thank you. 

October 3, 2019
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Hello,

I'm new to the group. I recently purchased a 1200 with SN 375811. Does your reference narrow this one down? 

October 28, 2019
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Robert L
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Greetings! I have recently received a Winchester Model 1200 12 gauge with a serial number of L119884. I was curious about the relative age of this shotgun. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Robert L.

October 28, 2019
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Robert L said
Greetings! I have recently received a Winchester Model 1200 12 gauge with a serial number of L119884. I was curious about the relative age of this shotgun. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Robert L.  

Hello Robert,

The "L" prefix on the serial number indicates that it was manufactured after the Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968 was enacted into law.  I suspect that you missed one digit in the serial number (it should have seven numerals vice six).

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October 28, 2019
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Robert L
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You are so correct! I did miss a number. The correct serial number is L1198884. Thanks again for your help.

Robert L.

October 28, 2019
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Robert L said
You are so correct! I did miss a number. The correct serial number is L1198884. Thanks again for your help.

Robert L.  

Robert,

Your Model 1200 was manufactured in the year 1978.

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November 4, 2019
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John
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Could you tell me what year a Winchester Model 1200 serial# L761481 was made?

November 5, 2019
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John said
Could you tell me what year a Winchester Model 1200 serial# L761481 was made?  

John,

There are no published DOM lists for the time period (serial number range) you are asking about.  All I can say with certainty is "sometime after November 1968 and before December 1975".

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November 28, 2019
10:21 pm
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Dakota
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I have a Winchester model 1200 20 ga that I inherited from my grandfather. Serial number is L823602 and need help dating it. Thanks!

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