There were 2 different guns that when growing up I remember Jack O Conner writing about in different magazines I read.
Those were the Winchester model 21 SXS shotgun.. almost considered a semi custom gun by the time it was discontinued.
The other was a Winchester model 12 Skeet..
As a young guy, I couldnt even dream of ever owning one.
When I got a bit older, I managed to aquire these.
Winchester model 21 12 bore,, 28" barrels,,Modified and full chokes.
Manufactured approx 1942.. Fun gun to shoot.
Here is the Winchester model 12 skeet in 20 bore.
Gaddy's ,,widgeon,,and even a Suzy!
The other gun that O'Conner wrote about extensivly was the .270.
Mine is not a Winchester, but a Ruger 77
This is the rifle. It belongs to my son now. He has taken several deer with it along with a few Elk.
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Took my friend to go shoot some clays redneck style in the mountains. Probably the second or third time he'd ever went and was getting cocky about his shooting skilz....
Between shooters, swapped the open choke for the turkey super x-tra full. Took the empty target load box and dropped in 6 turkey super magnum 6's. He only shot one. Quickly recognized the green high base loads as different. Next box was emptied and refilled with field trial poppers. One shot and figured out that trick too.
The bruise on his shoulder from the turkey load was beautiful and his shooting the rest of the day was terrible.
I was greatly influenced by Jack O'Connor great books and stories. Those were the days when you had excellent articles written for Outdoor Life and Field & Stream, not puff pieces who's only purpose is to sell equipment. After the war my Dad built up a deer rifle, an FN Mauser barreled action in .270, Bishop stock and four power Lyman scope. This was an era where every other kid's Dad had a 30-06, so I thought my Dad was kind of cool and different with his .270, now .270s are among the most common chambered cartridge. Twenty years later when I was ready for my first deer rifle, between my Dad's gun and jack O'Connor I had to have a .270, but my Dad just for the sake of arguing, debated me endlessly on the merits of the ubiquitous 30-06.
That's a beautiful Model 12. Simmons factory installed vent rib?
Yes John Factory Simmonds gun..
I always crop the photos to NOT show the end of the barrel, that has a Factory installed Cutts Compensator also.
We use to call em "Clutts Compensator".
They are ugly as hell,, but they throw beautiful patterns.
Yeah the first adjustable choke. Ugly as hell and they kind of lower the value, but pretty is as pretty does and they do work.
Here's my Dad's 16 ga. Model 12, wonderful upland gun, very light and I shoot it well.
My 1907 Lefever, nice upland gun and I've used it in the duck blind with #5 Bismuth shot...
Beautiful Guns John!!
Nothing like Uncle Dans LeFever... pure classic upland gun..
I was doing some work for an older man in high school and when it came time to pay me he offered to give me a shotgun instead. I took the gun and wondered why he gave it to me. A few weeks later he died and his kids were cleaning out the house so I went to see them to ask what happened. They just said he died in his sleep but they found a note saying he gave a shotgun to a kid in the neighborhood for doing work around the house. His kids were sort of angry because he gave me a Grade 5 Ithaca NID which I still have and its insured for a lot more than picking weeds was worth!!!!!