View Full Version : how many JUNKERS have you owned...

July 24, 2012, 03:34 AM
without a doubt, the worst shotgun I ever owned! The infamous and cheaply made Winchester 1400 Ranger. This one was a 20g and came with a 28" barrel and one extended factory choke. 75% of the gun was made of pot metal and plastic. Nice work Winchester, more FTF rounds than you can imagine.

Never liked Winchester shotguns anyway... :rolleyes:




July 24, 2012, 05:52 AM
Uh oh. Now all the 1400 owners are going to tell us how great it was. No doubt there are some happy owners, but that was not the gun to end Winchester's semi auto woes. When I was in my teens they opened a Winchester range in my hometown, and they rented and sold Winchesters. They used to send 1200s and 1400s with issues back by the barrel full. Seriously, they had a 55 gallon drum lined with cardboard they would stack them in until they got enough to pack up and ship, which wasn't too long.
I only ever owned one that I considered junk; my first. A Mossberg bolt action 20 gauge with the adjustable choke. The source of my enduring hatred of bolt actions and adjustable chokes. It did cure my desire to go cheap at an early age.

July 24, 2012, 06:14 AM
I'm not going to say the 1400 is great as it is cheaply made. I was given a 20ga 1400 for my son to learn with. It has functioned quite reliably with Rem 7-1/2 shot hunting ammo. It does not like the Kent steel ammo that was given to me with the gun. I will say it's the softest shooting 20ga I've ever shot which made it great for my son to learn with. I also have a 12ga Mossberg bolt that was given to me & I can't stand to use.

July 24, 2012, 12:55 PM
Just a Ruger, but then that seems to be the same with most of their products and me

July 24, 2012, 01:08 PM
I guess that most of my shotguns are junkers, but mine are "using" guns and I have very little attachment to them.

There's the Winchester Model 12, 20 gauge, that I got from a pawn shop. It has very little blueing left and sports a poly-choke. So far it's accounted for inumerable clay pigeons in the back pasture and fires everything I stuff into it.

Then there's my Winchester 1200 Ranger, a pump shotgun I got when I was pore-an-starvin'. It has accounted for tons of small game, rabbits, squirrels, ducks, and one deer that I recall. It fed a family of six during our pore-and-starvin' days and it looks like it. Again, it reliably shoots everything I stuff into the magazine. Never a glitch with it.

Then there's the Remington 870 that I've carried as a cruiser gun for almost two decades. It's got an 18 inch barrel with rifle sights and it was a constant companion during my patrol days. It still has the wood stock and I qualified with it last month. Of course, like the rest of my shotguns, it's all-beat-to-hell and gets cleaned twice a year.

One of these days I might like to get a nice Beretta or Browning double, something to take out at the range and show to the boys. Of course the problem is that I might treat it like a shotgun, and before long, it would be all-beat-to-hell.


the rifleer
July 24, 2012, 01:11 PM
right now its a winchester model 25, which is basically a model 12, that i cannot get to work correctly…at all. Its a terrific single shot though, among the best i've seen:mad:

July 24, 2012, 04:34 PM
The shotguns I've owned most wouldn't consider collectable or nice except for one.
- Bridge Black Prince (H&R made) .410 single shot, my first shot gun. Its in decent shape, probably worth $80 or so and that's only because it's so old

- Rossi Circuit Judge .410/.45 very fun to shoot

- Savage 24V 20 gauge/30-30 this gun is somewhat valuable

- Stoeger Condor 12 gauge o/u

- Marlin Goose Gun 12 gauge 3 foot barrel with a full choke and bolt action, pretty neat

- Mossburg 500 Slugster 12 gauge haven't shot it yet, my first pump

- Stevens 10 gauge single shot with a 3 foot barrel and full choke. Fun to shoot, but even with 3 1/2 chambers it's no where near as much recoil as everyone says.

July 25, 2012, 02:16 PM

not even the old Western Field ( probably sold by Gambles or Montgomery Wards in the 40's or early 50's ) ...bolt action shotgun ...in a 16ga ...that someone gave me when I was about 8 yrs old - in the 50's ( and I still have it ). Its not fancy ...but when I was a kid....I sure killed a lot of Ruff grouse with that little gun...

I shoot and use every gun I own...but I don't have much tolerance for junk ( and don't start picking on my plastic Benelli super sports again ...) ...!

July 25, 2012, 02:17 PM
Just one. A Victor Sarasqueta sidelock that was bought cheap and cost me a fortune to keep it running. Gave up and gave it away.

.300 Weatherby Mag
July 25, 2012, 02:28 PM
Worst shotgun I have ever owned bar-none was a 12 gauge 870 Wingmaster I purchased new in 2006... Gun never wanted to work... Fought Remington for approximately 4 years until they finally gave me a new gun after giving up on trying to fix it...

July 25, 2012, 02:44 PM
"Worst shotgun I have ever owned bar-none was a 12 gauge 870 Wingmaster I purchased new in 2006... Gun never wanted to work... Fought Remington for approximately 4 years until they finally gave me a new gun after giving up on trying to fix it..."

300WM, are you serious!!! An 870 Wingmaster... :confused:

Mayor Al
July 25, 2012, 03:24 PM
Within the last couple of months I have purchased 6 shotguns, none of which I considered a keeper. Shotguns, in general sell cheap at the rural auctions I head to here in Hoosierlan. I then sell them to raise enough cash to buy keepers for myself.

For these Six ,
2 Mossberg 500's, a 12 and a 20 gauge, one with an extra slug barrel.
2 Escort Turkish 12 gauge pumps (short-barrel/long mag-tubes) flat Black finish great appearance, but dirt cheap,
A top break 16 gauge Iver Johnson single shot
A Chinese 12 gauge, external hammer Coach Gun,

I paid a total of $875 for the lot.

I don't consider any of these worth keeping. They aren't "Junk", but They will find new homes soon (3 already have). So this proves to me that "One Man's Trash, is another Man's Treasure" !!

July 25, 2012, 10:41 PM
16GA jc higgins bolt action...need i say more?

July 25, 2012, 11:01 PM
Have to say none. There have been a few I didn't like, but not because they were junk.

.300 Weatherby Mag
July 26, 2012, 02:23 AM
300WM, are you serious!!! An 870 Wingmaster...

Yep, it was a Wingmaster, not an Express...

July 26, 2012, 05:46 AM
I am glad to say I have never owned a junker, but I do own a shotgun that I don't care for, Browning Gold Hunter 3 1/2. Thing would double feed and then it was a PITA to fix. Called Browning and sent it back, it works great now but I personally don't care for it.

July 26, 2012, 12:54 PM
I had a 12 gauge Ithica/double barrel with a damascus twist. A piece of you know what if ever there was. I shot bird shot through the blasted thing for grins and something broke in the trigger mechanism. I took it to a gunsmith and he told me that he didn't have the part he needed to fix it, and it wasn't worth fixin in the first place. I put it in the trash can and somebody picked it up for scrap metal. Piece of crap that thing was :-)

340 Weatherby
July 26, 2012, 06:29 PM
I don't need any junk shotguns, my kid collects them all for me:D

July 27, 2012, 07:45 PM
None yet but I want this one:

July 29, 2012, 05:21 PM
my bread and butter is taking other peoples junkers and turning them into cash or a better gun than they ever thought it could be so tons of them.

July 30, 2012, 08:17 AM
Marlin lever rifle. Back to factory multiple times for repair never worked right. Couldn't find paper at 25 yards.
Definition of junk.

July 30, 2012, 09:18 AM
"Marlin lever rifle. Back to factory multiple times for repair never worked right. Couldn't find paper at 25 yards.
Definition of junk."

that's a surprise! I thought Marlin's were every bit as good as a Winchester! :confused:

July 30, 2012, 05:46 PM
CBC single made for Kmart. Still have it, still unfired. Probably worth 50 or 60 bucks, which is great because that would mean it doubled it's value.:D

July 30, 2012, 06:54 PM
Mossberg 835 3-1/2" 12 gauge mag. Well made but worst kicking shotgun I ever owned. I bought it for goose hunting and I could down them from altitudes you'd never believe but oh the pain! One morning I couldn't stand up my back hurt so bad from having that beast jam my spine on those straight up shots! It took two days to heal. I sold it the next day. And I can shoot my .300 Win Mag from the bench all day long with no problem so I'm not recoil sensitive. According to the recoil tables it kicks the same as a .458 Win Mag. I believe it!