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December 15, 2001, 12:26 AM
I've got a model 37 in a 20ga. that I picked up in a partial trade many moons ago and has been stuffed away in my safe ever since. On the barrel it just says "choke", not full or modified, just "choke".

What does this mean? Any idears?

James K
December 15, 2001, 01:11 AM
Isn't there a mark or marks, like asterisks, ahead of that "choke"? IIRC, the more stars the greater the choke.


December 15, 2001, 11:51 AM

No there aren't any little aster..astari...astor.....little star thingys.

Just choke.

Steven Mace
December 15, 2001, 01:56 PM
Muleshoe, the information I have states that the Winchester Model 37 was offered with a full choke barrel in all gauges & bores as a standard configuration. To get anything different you would have had to place a special order. Hope this helps!

Steve Mace

December 15, 2001, 06:20 PM
Well then I reckon it's a full choke.

Thanks guys.

December 15, 2001, 10:39 PM
FYI, made from 36-63 with a little over 1 mil being made. All steel construction - no castings used.

Harley Nolden
December 16, 2001, 11:11 AM
Try puttin a dime in the bore. If it won't go it's full choke


Dave McC
December 16, 2001, 01:17 PM
The 37 was the best of the old singles, having a steel receiver instead of iron. Tolerances were tight,and some parts were machined where H&Rs, Iver Johnsons,etc, had stamped parts. The card shooters love the 12 ga versions, and snap them up PDQ.

You have a great little single there,enjoy....

November 28, 2005, 12:43 PM
The origional Winchester Model 37 was origionally called the Model 1937 because it was introduced in 1937 and produced until 1963. If you don't believe me, check Winchester's web site for theit timeline. I encourage you to always double-check everything. I am wondering how i can tell exactly what year the gun was made. I recently aquired one and am curious to know how old it is. The gun has a 7 stamped behind the trigger and is hidden by the trigger guard until it is removed. I'm wondering if that had anything to do with the production year. Can anyone help me?

November 28, 2005, 12:45 PM
And btw... Harley was right about the dime trick. If it has a full choke, the dime won't go.

Jim Watson
November 28, 2005, 12:57 PM
I know the money has depreciated, but if a dime will go in any 20 gauge, it has shrunk more than I thought.

November 29, 2005, 08:01 AM
"The origional Winchester Model 37 was origionally called the Model 1937 "

I did check the timeline, and it still says "Model 37"

"1937 Model 37 single shot shotgun introduced."

I love these things. My uncle has a bunch of them, but the only one I shoot much is the .410 he gave to my father.