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Vagabond
October 9, 1999, 03:11 AM
Gentelmen, I have recently been given an old Winchester Model 24 Shotgun. It is a 16 guage douuble barrel #107255. I would appreciate any info on this gun that you may have. Age value ect. It seems to be in excellent shape,some blueing gone. very few scratches. Thank you in advance for your help

bergie
October 9, 1999, 10:13 AM
Vagabond,
I did a little research on the 24 a couple years back and if memory serves it was produced from the 30's to the mid 50's. It was a mid price range shotgun for the working man, much plainer and stouter than their higher end guns. I haven't checked a Blue Book price on it since then, but last time I looked they were supposed to be around $450 for one in good condition. However, the only ones I have ever seen for sale were priced well above this, and were almost completely devoid of any finish or bluing. I've never seen one with even half its blue. I would guess that yours would be worth quite a bit more.
I love the model 24, my dad has one (12 g) and it was the 1st shotgun I ever shot 30+ years ago. He bought it used in the mid 50's after he came back from Korea and used it for over 20 years. He bought my brothers and I brand new shotguns when we each were about 12 before he ever bought a new gun for himself. He carried it in his truck (worked rural line construction in NE) every day during hunting season as well as hard huntin every weekend and it probably put more birds in the bag than most people will ever see. He also used it for some league trap shooting for a few years. It probably has close to 100,000 rounds down its tubes. It finally started to malfunction, the right barrel won't fire occasionally, I think it needs either a new firing pin or spring, but it seems that it was a pretty durable gun.
I had looked into getting dad's gun restored to like new condition as a present for him (still might do it) and found out that Winchester/USRAC no longer has any parts, and absolutely will not do any work on them even in their custom shop. When asked if they could recommend any good smith in my area that could do it, they gave me the name of a guy 1000 miles away. Take a map and draw a circle with a 1000 mile radius centered from northeast Nebraska, ARE THERE NO GOOD SMITHS IN THIS AREA??? Can anybody recommend one for this project?
Bergie

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October 12, 1999, 08:58 PM
Check the Valentine, NE phonebook.

Harley Nolden
October 13, 1999, 12:56 AM
VAGABOND:
According to my records the shotgun was made from 1939-1957. Value is in exc. condition aroung %525.00

HJN

K80Geoff
October 13, 1999, 09:41 PM
Vagabond,

check out the double gun bulletin board at:

www.gunshop.com (http://www.gunshop.com)

ask about the gun there, you will no doubt get more information that you quite possibly will want about M24's.

Geoff Ross

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Wallew
October 16, 1999, 02:15 AM
According to current Blue Book (20th anniversary issue), M 24 was introduced in 1940 and discontinued in 1957. Approximately 116,280 were manufactured. Price ranges from $150 at 60% condition, up to $495 at 100% condition. Add 10% for 16 ga. Hope it helps.

Bergie,
Gun Parts shows complete left OR right firing pin for $13.00 though it does note that right one MAY NOT be available. If you don't mind shipping it, Colorado School of Trades is a gunsmithing school and will do work at a reasonable rate. 303-233-4697, call after 6p MST and ask for Ross Argabrite, head night instructor. Tell him "Jim W." sent you. They will do right by you. If you have any questions about the school or their work, email me.