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When I was growing up the most common guns you’d see in the duck marshes were Browning Auto 5s, Win M12s, Rem 870s, etc. While the 870 was a step toward low cost production with it’s alloy trigger assembly and stamped steel internals, it still had a milled steel receiver and a walnut stock. No one back in the 1960s would speak I’ll of it, they were and are good reliable pump guns.
The m12, a5, Win SX1 and others that I’m forgetting were all milled steel, even the internals. The only current repeater made of milled steel that I know of is the Ithaca m37 they make in Ohio but they are a small operation that cannot make them fast enough to meet the demand. Just try to find a new, Ohio made m37. It is one well made shotgun.
While I have nothing against the new, lightweight, alloy receiver guns I do miss seeing the oldies in use. The new stuff has choke tubes, will generally shoot a greater variety of loads, and average at least a pound lighter in weight. I still take my Old shotguns using bismuth for ducks and lead for pheasants. They feel better in hand and I seldom miss with them. Old habits die hard.
 

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I still use my mdl 12's/97's/A5's. Love these old guns.........Problem is I will wear out before they do.

2 brands that I despise are glocks and benelli's........Would not own either even if they were free.
 

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My go-to pheasant gun is a Belgium made A5, 28”, improved modified choke. My trap gun is a m12. My dove gun is a super x1. I tried a few inertia autos and do not care for them.
 

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American black walnut wood, and rust-blued steel were made for each other. Even the hardware store guns of the 50's were made up so. I have said it before, an AR15 is a $50 rifle. I would not slow down at a stop sign long enough to let somebody throw one in the back of the truck. The younger set sure love 'em though, so who is to say?
 

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“ I have said it before, an AR15 is a $50 rifle. I would not slow down at a stop sign long enough to let somebody throw one in the back of the truck.”

My sentiments exactly. I have zero use for that gun.
 

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ok...here you go. I mean firearms made from fine steel and beautiful wood and carefully fitted together with craftsmanship versus mass machined "bin parts", coated metal and plastic guns.

I'll take the former any day.... they have "personality" and character. Like a Ferrari versus a Corvette.
 

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A couple of years ago I attended a gun show here in the metro, and always being on the lookout for goodies like this, I spotted a fine pair of 12 gauge Damascus barrels on a vendor's bench. I hung around a while till I got a chance to ask about them, then the vendor tells me they are not for sale, they go with this other gun. He pulls a .577 Black Powder British express hammer double rifle off his rack, and lays it beside the barrels, and of course everything is a perfect match. I didn't even bother to ask him the price, the gun was way out of my price range. I only think about the thing once every few weeks now though, I am getting better. Figured English walnut and rust blued steel, tastefully engraved and done up before 1900--they take my breath away a little.
 
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