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Posted: 3/4/2006 6:41:15 AM EDT
I have not yet had a chance to look at the Blue Book, but I thought I'd ask you all.

I have my eye on a Winchester 1200 in a marine (i.e., water resistant) configuration). Will take 2 3/4" to 3" shells. Rifle sights (rear sight folds down). Looks like a 5+1 or 6+1 configuration. Barrel is about 20". Only sign of wear is on the action bars, otherwise it is NRA fine or excellent.

Anyway, here are my questions:

1. What is the coating on the receiver, mag tube, and barrel? It is not "shiney." Is it nickel, hard chrome, something else? (I realize that the receiver is aluminum and the other parts are steel, but the color matches very well.)

2. What is the capacity of this shotgun?

3. What should I be paying for it?

Thanks.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 6:47:55 AM EDT
It is a 1200 in a marine finish..not a 1300?
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 6:56:02 AM EDT

Originally Posted By swampfox3:
It is a 1200 in a marine finish..not a 1300?



That's the way it's marked.
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 7:00:25 AM EDT
I had my BlueBook (25th) handy and it shows a 1200 Police in Stainless but not a Marine version until you get to the 1300...
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 7:20:37 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/4/2006 7:21:07 AM EDT by Amicus]

Originally Posted By swampfox3:
I had my BlueBook (25th) handy and it shows a 1200 Police in Stainless but not a Marine version until you get to the 1300...



It could be a Police version. I called it a "marine" version as a generic term only. IIRC, it has no markings designating it as anything other than a 1200.

Could it really be stainless?
Link Posted: 3/4/2006 9:42:38 AM EDT
Unless this is a gun with an aftermarket finish, the Model 1200 Police version was available in a stainless steel version.

In fact, about the only part that was actually stainless, as I recall, was the barrel.
Winchester found out that stainless actually didn't work as well as hoped since stainless is actually rust "resistant" NOT true rust-less.

After they had some problems with the stainless bores rusting and pitting, they went to a special Sandstrom phosphate finish on the Model 1300 Marine Defender.
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 5:25:35 AM EDT
Any idea on a price range for a police/marine version of a 1200?
Link Posted: 3/5/2006 11:24:00 AM EDT
"About" $350 in 100% condition.
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