View Full Version : Need opinions on Winchester 1300

Andy G
November 5, 2001, 05:49 PM
In what seems like my never ending search for the right shot gun Ive run across what sounds like a good deal to me.
Walmart has Winchester 1300 12 gauges for $226.
Ive almost ruled out the 870 because I dont care for the expresses and the Wingmasters are to expensive.
Im still considering the Moss 500 but Id like to hear some comments on the Win 1300s before I make a decision.

Andy G

November 5, 2001, 06:00 PM
I've had all three. I had a Mossy 500 w ghost rings for HD. Sold it and made a killing during the Y2k era. Had an 870 with a 3.5" chamber that patterned poorly with many 2 3/4 loads and sold it. Currently have a Beretta 390 for sport and a 1300 Defender for HD. The 1300 is stock with the exception of a side saddle and a fiber optic bead.

Pro's of Mossy: ergonomics--best safety location IMO

Pro's of 870: Toughness, proven design, more accessories available than Joan Rivers can sell

Pros of 1300: s m o o o o o th and fast action.

Never had a problem with any of the three--the 870 patterns were likely due to the unnecessarily large chamber.

Dave McC
November 5, 2001, 06:41 PM
The 1200s didn't hold up well under typical prison use, but worked fine when clean and oiled. The 1300s I've shot belonged to students and did everything I wanted them to.

It's not an 870, but it's a good,serviceable shotgun suited to "Serious" work or sport.

Dave R
November 5, 2001, 06:42 PM
I have shot all 3, and don't have a real strong preference. I think Harry has accurately laid out the advantages of each.

My 870 makes nice patterns, but it has a 3" chamber.

I really do like the 1300. At that price, its a good deal. I would do it if I were you.

November 6, 2001, 07:53 AM
Gander Mountain had a Russian Baikal M133 pump which can shoot 2 3/4 -3 1/2" on sale for $179. It should be worth a look for that money. The m153 semi-auto was $359. Check out the European American Armory.

Andy G
November 6, 2001, 05:32 PM
Thanks for the opinions guys. Looks like maybe Ive found my shotgun.

Andy G

November 6, 2001, 07:16 PM
I just got back from South Dakota and shot a 1200 that my dad gave me in 1964. It still works fine and we make a pretty good team.

November 6, 2001, 11:20 PM
I absolutly love my 1300. It is so slick, there is no comparison to the other pumps I've used. I like the other pumps, but this is on a higher level of refinement. Its as if Sig made the 1300.:cool: