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Winchester Model 42: What to look for on an original gun
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February 24, 2023 - 4:42 pm
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Gentlemen and Ladies,

I realize a lot of the same recommendations may be made regardless of gun, however, I have to ask. I have come across a 1947 Model 42 shotgun at a local gun store, and it looks to be 85-90%.  It is standard field grade and looks to my “untrained” eye all original.  I imagine if it had a vented rib, jeweled bolt, some engraving, and / or pigeon icon or fancy wood it might deserve closer attention, as I have read that special features drive up the price.

The gun store wants $2000 for it.  Are there any recommendations for what to look for that might indicate it has been “messed” with?

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Does it have more condition than this one?

https://www.gunbroker.com/item/972337704

Let me add, ideally we would have photos to look at.  

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bryan fleck said
Gentlemen and Ladies,

The gun store wants $2000 for it.  Are there any recommendations for what to look for that might indicate it has been “messed” with?

Thanks.

Topcat  

That is a very aggressive price tag for a gun in the condition range you mentioned.  Quite frankly, it should be in the $1,200 – $1,400 range if the gun is indeed factory original.

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Thank you.  I went back and took some photos, one of the gun shop workers thought that the stock had been refinished and that it had been “professionally” reblued.  I don’t know if the bluing changed over time, but he laid a model 50 shotgun receiver he was confident was never reblued and tried to show how the m42 lacked depth and was a bit too dark.  The bluing looked good to me but i will say the proof mark ovals were dark.  

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The proof mark oval stamps being dark is a very good indicator that the gun has been reblued/refinished.

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