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I've got an opp. to pick up very reasonably either an A-5 (Belgium) or Win M12 (Pre 64) both 28" barrel/3" inch/Mods both basic models. To be used as nice weather hunters with soft non-tox of course. Pick what you would choose?
Both not an option :(
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Before steel shot I and my grandfather used humpbacks exclusively for duck and goose hunting but after steel shot we converted to a variety of shotguns for water fowling.

I still have two Belgium made 12 gauge magnums and a sweet 16.
 

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Talk about a win-win!

I've got both in 20 gauge...neither in 12. :cry:

The Browning offers more versatility...you can find steel shot barrels and composite stocks for it no problem. I'd guess you can buy the same for the Model 12, but I'm not certain.

Although the A-5's seem to swing and point nicely, I've not fired a shotgun anywhere that pointed better than my Model 12. If you're shooting ducks and geese with the feet down, who needs to swing?

In the end the Model 12 got my vote...not because it's a better gun (toss-up IMO) but because you just don't see as many of them in the marsh as you see of the A-5.

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I agree, those are both good.
Guess it would depend on if you like a pump or an auto because they are both the best of their respictive class.

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Depending on what resonably priced means, I would suspect that the A-5 would be a better fit for you. But just to help out, you can PM me the contact information about the pump and I'll take care of it for you. :wink:
I'm a sucker for Model 12's and 97's. If I can ever get away from the salt, I'm gonna get a nice 3-inch model 12 as my primary waterfowl gun.
 

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as far as pure gun value the mod 12 hands down. the a-5 can be had a dime a dozen but the model 12 is hard to have somebody let go of.

don't fart around or if you do send me the guys number :wink:
 

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From a historical standpoint I have a "classic". A Remington side by side 30" full/full from my grandfather.. They only made limited number of these guns beacause once WW1 began Remington stopped making double barrel guns due the demand for steel.

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Peake said:
Well, as much as I Luv that classic humpback instant recognition of the A-5 I'm going with the pointability and swing of the cornshucker M12! :wink:
Thanks All,
Peake
Good choice, Dave. I have my dad's model 12 that I used as a kid. Just nothing more reliable than a pump in the tules. The 870 Remington, Wingmaster model is of the same good reliability. Both can be broken down anywhere, and repaired easily.

I was never much of a fan of the 'Humpers' O-rings. Always seemed problematic in the Dakota Decembers.

As an aside, if you are a member of Waterfowler.com, the current mag has a great article and pics of some old timers from Minnesooooota. Lots of Humpers, model 12's, and a couple '98s as well. Those dudes knew what worked eh?

And speaking of vintage doubles, my eldest son has his Grandfather's Fox long-tom. 34" barrels choked full. Knocked me on my rear several times as a daring grade schooler, thinking I was big enough to handle it. My Dad would shoot dueces in it for geese. And I recall him knocking down a partridge with that load when it was well over a hundred yards off. But I never saw him repeat that. hehhehhehheh

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Clunker ?????? I've heard the A5 called alot of things, but never a clunker ! Must be why they sold a gadzillion of them .

Either gun is a piece of duck hunting history.

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No question, the Model 12. The only time the A5 doesn't clunk is when it gets cold and turns into a heavy single shot. 8)
 

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Model 12 with a CUTTS COMPENSATOR on the barrel!! 8) Only OF'ts will know what they are!!

But if you REALY want true "Classic Class" You cant beat a Winchester Model 21!! Great Waterfowl gun, and if you get a flat tire on the way, its so tuf you can use it for a jack handle! :D


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Uncle Bill said:
As an aside, if you are a member of Waterfowler.com, the current mag has a great article and pics of some old timers from Minnesooooota. Lots of Humpers, model 12's, and a couple '98s as well. Those dudes knew what worked eh?
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UB,
Is this one of the vintage photos from the article? Put a Big Baydawg in that scene and you have pure ducking perfection!
Peake
PS Welcome Back! :wink:

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No question, the Model 12. The only time the A5 doesn't clunk is when it gets cold and turns into a heavy single shot. 8)
Ain't that the truth!

Steve, I come from no family or friend tradition of either mechanical repeater, so I've used both with a clean psychological slate that leads me to believe Remington and Browning sold so many 11s and A-5s for the same reason Ford sold so many Model Ts, not because they're something I'd relish the use of today, as remains the case with the Model 12. (Though you can make mine a 16ga.)
 

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http://www.gunbroker.com/

I just did a search on gunbroker for the model 12.

There really is a range of prices for those guns. It did appear that a good one could still be had.

Joe Miano
 
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