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redseal
November 30, 2008, 10:28 PM
I am looking at purchasing a Browning made model 12 in 28 gauge. if anyone has any info/input on this shotgun I would greatly appreciate it. ( New in Box...DU dinner gun) Thanks!:confused:

zippy13
November 30, 2008, 11:49 PM
True Winchester Model 12s in 28-ga are rare and quite collectable. Many of the Winchester Model 12 28-ga out there are actually conversions, so be very careful. If you run across one that seems to good to be true, it's probably a poorly done conversion.
The "replica" Browning Model 12s in are made in Japan. A quick e-search will find the fancy 28-ga DU version from $1,000 for a nice one to $1,600 for NIB.
For my money, I'd choose an original Winchester M 12 factory 28-ga skeet model; but, they are in the $6,000 to $8,000 range.

Dave McC
December 1, 2008, 05:54 AM
I know of one Browning 28. It's not for sale. The owner is quite happy with it. I've shot it a little and enjoyed doing so. Nice pointer.

The Model 12 platform is a classic. Browning's version seems to be up to snuff in all respects.

IMO, you did well.

BigJimP
December 1, 2008, 12:31 PM
I didn't know Browning was making a replica model 12 in the Browning lineup or the Winchester division ..., I learn something new around here every day.

I don't look at any of the pump guns as investment guns / or really big time collectors ...and most replicas, of anything, don't really maintain their price long term like the original does, well made or not. I realize there is a devoted following to the real model 12's out there - and the sub-gague model 12's can demand a premium price even in field grade guns - let alone premium grade models / but frankly I don't see the attraction.

You didn't really say what you intended to do with it / what the price was - but as a collectable item, well made or not, its not going to be an original model 12. Of course if you're just looking for a pump gun in 28ga - why not just buy a new BPS Hunter model for around $ 500 / Browning is still making that gun in 12, 16,20, 28 ga's and .410 - or there is the Remington 870 Wingmaster's in all 4 ga's and the .410 as well - but if you're really looking for a collectable, save your money for the original model 12's in my opinion.

rhillen
December 1, 2008, 10:18 PM
They are quite a bit heavier than the 20 ga of the same model. Around here I've seen them sell for 1200 used for the field model.

bcbz71
December 2, 2008, 02:54 PM
Browning made the Model 12 in the early 1990s in the 12, 28, 20 and .410 (model 42) gauges -- I don't think they made the 16 ga?? Depending on the gauge, they go for $800-1400 new in the box with 28 and .410 going higher.

Around the same time, Winchester came out with the Limited Edition Model 12 20 gauge (only 4000 or 5000 made).

I have a Browning Model 12 28 ga and Winchester Model 12 20 ga...both unfired, new in the box if anyone is interested.

contact: bcbz71@comcast.net

zippy13
December 2, 2008, 03:14 PM
PM sent.

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Later: :)

redseal
December 5, 2008, 07:35 PM
The gun I was looking at has already been sold! Thanks anyway!