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  • Another question. A neighbor buddy has a passion for Winchester M-59 autoloader shotguns and keeps buying them at gun shows. H

    Another question. A neighbor buddy has a passion for Winchester M-59 autoloader shotguns and keeps buying them at gun shows. He now has six and they are for sale at a fair price. They are unusual since they have a fiberglass-wound barrel and are "extremely" light weight for a 12 ga. gun (and in his view a great gun for long hunts for grouse and bunnies.) These guns were made from 1960-65 and apparently were a short-lived model due to the prominence of newer gas-operated autoloaders. Aside from the propensity to developing a crack on the side of the receiver, which reportedly does not affect the operation, how does the F&S; crowd feel about this model? Specifically regarding: reliability, durability, etc. All your thoughts/opinions are appreciated!

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    WW has never made an Auto-loading shotgun I would own.

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      What he said. More specifically, I owned a Model 50, the precursor. It would not hit. The culprit was the gas piston. It was stone reliable, but the poorest shooting thing I have ever shot.

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        $$$

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          My neighbor owns one but did not like it!

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