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Grandfathers Winchester Model 42 pump

Personally I would reconsider using it. Its tough to judge value, but if yours is in 85% condition and all original, it would most likely be worth considerably more than the link given by Hammer. The linked too gun is not original (reblued and has a cutts compensator). While interesting the cutts was not standard and detracts from collector value.

Again, depending on condition and year of manufacture and the right buyer your gun may go as high as $2000 or more. If its in poor shape it may be worth no more than $300 or less. The guns are fairly rare and heavily used and modified, thus leaving few good original models.

Mossberg makes an inexpensive 410ga 505 pump, which is actually kind of a neat shotgun. This would make a simple replacement for the 42. It is nice to hunt with old guns, but it is down right sickening when accidents happen, this would be compounded by sentimental value.

Some say it is a hunting gift from your Grandpa, you could also look at as a financial gift. EIther way, aren't you glad you asked!

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This gun is original with no modifications and in great working order. It's very nice to know this gun could be worth even more. I don't think I would ever part with it and I also do not want to lessen the value of it by using it. This was the first time I have taken this gun out in probably 10+ years. Probably try and take Good care of it and still use on rare occasions.
Any tips on who or what I should do to take it for an appraisal?

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You already have the Appraisal :RICELESS.
Taking it out for the "ood little hunt" now and then" in nice weather is not going to hurt it, and the young lad obviously is pretty proud of it too.
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Grandfathers Winchester Model 42 pump

Amen to that, use it and respect it. This gun is pricless and cannot be replaced. Awesome pics of the boy, imagine the stories he can tell his children when they go out and use the same gun their great great grandfather gave their grandpa. The model 42 is so solidly manufactured it should never have any problems with normal use. It definetly will go up in value but dont let the temptation of a couple thousand dollars make you sell the piece. Just my two cents.

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I finally found a link to finding out what year it was manufactured by using the serial #.
http://armscollectors.com/sn/windates.htm
My Model 42 was made in 1947. The model 42 was manufactured from 1933 to 1964(I think Think )
I also discovered I have a gun from my other Grandfather that was Manufactured in 1913. Winchester Model 1890 .22 short with Octagon barrel. He used the gun around the farm to get rid of pest and chicken thieves(the four legged kind). Looks like this gun may be worth something also, but never worth enough to get rid of Big smile Both these guns have a lot of family history and could never be replaced with a wad of cash!

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