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Not sure about the 50's. They quit making it in 1963. This is from a 63 Williams catalog. Model 12 Skeet and Pigeon grade. Not sure why they didn't list the 42. There were about 165,000 total made in many grades.

Yours is a beauty!!

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Not sure about the 50's. They quit making it in 1963. This is from a 63 Williams catalog. Model 12 Skeet and Pigeon grade. Not sure why they didn't list the 42. There were about 165,000 total made in many grades.

Yours is a beauty!!

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Thanks for sharing that. It helps. I've searched for an old advertisement on the Model 42 but haven't had any luck.
 

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The first shotgun I ever hunted with was a 42 borrowed from a Great Uncle in Central Texas. That Model still holds a special place in my heart. I've run across a few in Pawn shops and on-line that were horribly over-priced. As much as I would like to have one...not overpaying for it.

My Dad had a field grade 12 that my Brother now owns. Not nearly as nice as the models I shared. I loved looking over the old catalogs back in the day. Maybe an earlier Williams Catalog or Herter's might get you what you want.

That is a beauty of a 42 nonetheless!!
 

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I found what I was looking for in this forum. In 1957 the Winchester Catalog listed the Deluxe Grade with Matted Rib at $206.50.

Deluxe Grade:
A continuation of the Trap Grade. Available with ventilated rib after 1954, some early models were stamped “DELUXE” on bottom of receiver. This stamping is seldom seen and was probably discontinued around 1949. Built from 1940 to 1963.
Solid Rib
NIB EXC. V.G. GOOD FAIR POOR
12950 10500 8750 6450 3600 1275
 

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Deluxe Grade:
A continuation of the Trap Grade. Available with ventilated rib after 1954, some early models were stamped “DELUXE” on bottom of receiver. This stamping is seldom seen and was probably discontinued around 1949. Built from 1940 to 1963.
Solid Rib
NIB EXC. V.G. GOOD FAIR POOR
12950 10500 8750 6450 3600 1275
Thank you for that OU12/20. Alas, my gun is non-original and about 4 notches to the right of that sliding scale. I'm just finishing my research and starting to write about the gun here Winchester Model 42 (guncollectorsclub.com)
 

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Ned Schwing, in his excellent book The Winchester Model 42 states that there was evidence that Remington's introduction of the Model 11-48 in .410 Bore in 1954, had a direct impact on Model 42 sales. Remington introduced the Model 11-48 semi-automatic shotgun in 1949, but did not produce a .410 in that line until 1954.

I wanted to compare the cost of a Winchester 42 to a Remington 11-48. I used $93 vs $110 for the Standard Grades and $218 (Deluxe Grade with Ventilated Rib) vs $138 since the Remington had a ventilated rib.
 
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