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Old 09-14-2017, 06:21 AM   #11
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Winchester's ugly duckling.

Ones with ejectors sound scary when opening. Your not sure if the ejectors are operating or the gun braking in half. Pop... snap... bang.
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Old 09-14-2017, 08:11 AM   #12
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I understand Winchester lost money on every M21
"As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks."
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:37 AM   #13
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Yeah, they're ugly. but I passed on a 16ga a long time ago and have always been sorry for some reason.
It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so. - Mark Twain.
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Old 09-14-2017, 09:41 PM   #14
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The model 24 is first cousin to a Mosin Nagant. Built like a tank but ugly as sin.
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Old 09-14-2017, 10:52 PM   #15
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Besides my Father's GHE 12 with 30" bbls, I also inherited his model 24 in 16 ga with 28" bbls. He never hunted with the Parker and the Win. 24 was his all around gun. He used it for grouse in the Catskills, pheasants and rabbits in Dutchess Cty NY, ducks and geese in Staten Island during the "good old days" , woodcock in the northeast Poconos and deer in shotgun only zones in NYS and NJ. He was a hell of a wing shooter and that old 24 was deadly in his hands. One of the most incredible shots I've ever witnessed was deer hunting in Rhinebeck NY in 1985 when the Old Man was 70. As we were walking up a tote road, a big 8 point buck broke from cover about 50 yards in front of us and went airborne over the old slate walls. Pop swung on it with that old 16 and put 2 pumpkin balls in his neck mid flight and it fell dead in the middle of the tote road. After he passed, I used his Parker on pheasants and the 24 on turkeys and pheasants. I can't miss with that old warclub. Even on clays, it's hard to miss. I guess it's like the words from that old song," ummm your wife is ugly, yeah but she can really cook"
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When I was 13 in 1948, I sold my Iver Johnson champion 410 and bought a model 24 20ga. 28".One Saturday I was hunting squirrels with my uncle in Pennsylvania. It was early in the season and many leaves were still on the trees. I saw a squirrel run up a tree nearby but I lost sight of him in the leaves. As I waited for the squirrel to move a crow flew by and I took a shot at the crow. I missed the crow but the squirrel fell dead out of the tree. I didn't feel that I could fairly claim to have gotten a squirrel, but my uncle said it was ok. By the next hunting season I had sold the model 24 and bought a Remington model 31 16 ga.
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I had a 16 GAUGE model 24..........................sold it and never looked back
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