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Old October 20, 2004, 02:29 PM   #1
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Winchester ranger 120, questions...

Hi,

just got a nice like new winchester ranger 120 12 gauge (ventilated barrel with no stripes, 28 inch of size with the winchoke system, 2 3/4, 3) and I have some questions...

1- What kind of canon (1200, 1300, 1400 ?) can I fit on this shotgun ?

2- If I want to change the grip by a pistol grip made for a winchester 1200,1300. Is-it going to work ?

3- Can I use slug ? If I use a slug, is-it going to be accurate ?

4- Got a set of 3 winchoke (imperial, full and modified). What should I use for steel shots ? for Slug shot ?

5- Anybody know where I can find an owner manual online ? Winchester don't even talk about the ranger 120 on their Web site.

6- What are the differences between the 120 and the 1200, 1300, 1400 ?

thanks a lot for any helpful answers...
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Old November 21, 2004, 08:22 PM   #2
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Yes, the stocks for a 1200 will work on a 120. What do you mean by 'canon'?
I have the Choate stock set on mine pictured on top. Slugs will work with all chokes. Choke tubes will usually say 'no steel shot' if it's not intended for use.

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Old February 16, 2005, 06:23 PM   #3
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sorry for the word... I was referring to the barrel...
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Old February 16, 2005, 07:24 PM   #4
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You can get online owner's manuals on the Winchester web site, and here:
http://www.stevespages.com/page7b.htm
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Old May 20, 2007, 10:29 AM   #5
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120 answers

Hi,
I have owned an operated a 120 for about 21 years and they are awesome very dependable shotguns. I purchased mine from Smoke and Gun in Waukegan Illinois in 1986 for the upcoming deer season. They are exactly the same gun as the model 1300 only the stock and foregrip are made of hardwood and the 1300 had Birch or Walnut or a Synthetic stock. As far as a manual the manual that came with mine was a 1300 Manual and you can get one form WWW.Reapeatingarms.com for free. It takes about 2 weeks for them to get it to you. The 28 inch vent ribbed barrel was a standard barrel for the 120 although most were sold as combos that came with a smoothbore slug barrel with rifled sights. To shoot slugs in the 28 inch barrel use rifled slugs or Foster slugs as they are known and use the Improved Cylinder choke in the barrel. Never try a tighter choke than the improved cylinder. For about $45.00 you can purchase a rifled choke tube from WWW.WHOLESALEHUNTER.COM and then you can shoot Sabot slugs. But remember your barrel is smoothbore and only the 2 3/4 inch slug tube is rifiled. You will get better accuracy from a slug tube than a smoothbore but not as good a a fully rifled barrel. Speaking of barrels a 120 or a 1300 barrel will fit each other plus a 1200 however a 1200 barrel only fits another 1200. And the 1300 model defender 18 inch barrels will fit only a defender due tho the magazine length. If you look on ebay it is still possible to get a rifled slug barrel from some dealers for as low a $250.00 although before I would buy one I would buy a 5 inch slug tube from hastings for about $60.00 and use it. There is also a nice 24" turkey barrel avalible for the 1300 that will fit. The 120 I own has been flawless I have take more deer than the number of years I have owned it. I sold an 870 in order to buy it because the 870 had a problem with differnt types of shells. Some would work perfect and some were horrible in the 870. The Winchester 120 is the fastest pump I have ever seen and works well with everything brand of shell I ever tried. I have used in snow and rain and even carried it out of a muddy field or two and when I got home I cleaned it and it still looks great. Always clean the barrel with the slug tube in it the soft bristles can come off and lodge in the threads. And always make sure your choke is in tight before using it. If you dont you could damage the barrel because this is the most thin part of the barrel. Many of my friends have switched to the 1300 after trying the 120 out. If you have any other questions about the 120 email me at zmopar1@yahoo.com my name is Pete and I will try to get you an answer. Good luck you have a fine shotgun!
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Old December 30, 2007, 06:45 PM   #6
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Great! thanks for the clarification!
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Old January 2, 2008, 06:54 PM   #7
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For the purpose of parts and what not as far as I know a 120 and a model 1300 are the same thing.
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Old April 12, 2011, 12:12 AM   #8
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for what its worth, knowing how old this topic is.
A sears model 200 12ga shotgun is the same shotgun, only has different style furniture on it.
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Old November 6, 2011, 08:52 PM   #9
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PS: you will also have to take a small flat file to the barrel where it meets the reciever, the flat parts are a hair bit different than the 120 model.

Couple other things, i have sears 200 furniature on mine and my 120 furniature stashed away in a crate for show & tell.
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