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Old September 5, 2009, 10:19 PM   #1
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Over/under info needed please.

A while back I picked up an over/under 12 ga that had a good solid feel. It is a valmet. Does anyone have any experience with valmets? It has a curious lock up where a sleeve? slides over the barrels
Just curious.
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Old September 5, 2009, 10:51 PM   #2
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Here's the little I know. Valmet was a Finnish firearms manufacturer that went belly-up in the 1980's. The Valmet 412 was a highly regarded shotgun back in the day. The locking mechanism is the same as the Kreighoff, both of which are copies of the old Remington Model 32. The Rem Model 32 is now considered by many to be one of the best firearms ever made but it started production early in the Great Depression and was discontinued by Remington after a few years of poor sales.

Sounds like you got a good gun. Just be aware that spare parts will probably be hard to come by if something breaks.
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Old September 5, 2009, 11:23 PM   #3
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"The FinnClassic 512 series is the current incarnation of the well-loved Valmet 412 and Tikka 512 guns. The name was changed in conjunction with the acquisition of Sako/Tikka by Beretta, at which time this product line was taken over by Marocchi who was manufacturing the guns under contract for Tikka. Marocchi has left the mechanical aspects of the guns unchanged while improving the finishes and aesthetics of the guns. Now available in three basic grades (512S field grade, 512SD with game scenes, and the fully-engraved Bavarian Classic version), the grade of walnut used is commensurate with the grade and always oil-finished."

The ownership has moved around some but parts, I believe, can still be had with a little work. I have one that I have shot for several years and its very dependable.
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Old September 6, 2009, 12:14 AM   #4
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Thank you gentlmen. this particular shotgun is in excelent condition, but it has absolutly nothing that I can identify it by except the valmet logo. No model #'s, no choke identifier (it is fixed chokes), not anything. My plans are to keep it and shoot it some along with my pump remingtons.
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