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The Firing Line

Winchester M-59 auto loader

Uploaded on January 27, 2009

A neighbor buddy has a passion for Winchester M-59 autoloader shotguns and keeps buying them at gun shows. He now has six and they are for sale at a fair price. They are unusual since they have a fiberglass-wound barrel and are "extremely" light weight for a 12 ga. gun (and in his view a great gun on all-day hunts for grouse or bunnies.) This gun was made from 1960-65 and apparently was a short-lived model due to the prominence of newer gas-operated autoloaders. Aside from the propensity to developing a crack on the side of the receiver, which reportedly does not affect the operation, how does the F&S crowd feel about this model? Specifically regarding: reliability, durability, your experiences etc. All your thoughts/opinions are appreciated!

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I have told this story before but it would seem to appropriate for repeating on this thread. My old friend Sim Kimzey passed away years ago. He owned a Western Auto store and a furniture/interior decorating business. He also had a house full of guns. I never saw him hunt bobwhite quail with anything but a 59 even though he had a personal choice of A-5's, M-12's, various SxS's and O/U's. He had only one Model 59. It was well worn and he always managed to get his limit before any of us younger guys, without fail. Sim liked the way the gun handled which struck us as odd since he shot it from the hip on the covey rise firing one or two shots while leaning his body extremely forward before raising it to his shoulder to pick off a second or third bird. I witnessed this unusual method countless times. His Winchester never cracked the receiver but I remember us discussing this issue as a somewhat common occurance particular to that model. I also saw it happen on a few 12 gauge Model 1100's when they first came out. For whatever reason that seemed to go away after a year or so of production.

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from philbourjaily wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Interestingly, Model 59s made after 1961 offered the option of interchangeable chokes called "Versalites." The 59 was ahead of its time.

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from Sheila Holbrook wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

my grandpa has a winchester 59 and i love it it has no recoil what so ever its a great gun

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I have told this story before but it would seem to appropriate for repeating on this thread. My old friend Sim Kimzey passed away years ago. He owned a Western Auto store and a furniture/interior decorating business. He also had a house full of guns. I never saw him hunt bobwhite quail with anything but a 59 even though he had a personal choice of A-5's, M-12's, various SxS's and O/U's. He had only one Model 59. It was well worn and he always managed to get his limit before any of us younger guys, without fail. Sim liked the way the gun handled which struck us as odd since he shot it from the hip on the covey rise firing one or two shots while leaning his body extremely forward before raising it to his shoulder to pick off a second or third bird. I witnessed this unusual method countless times. His Winchester never cracked the receiver but I remember us discussing this issue as a somewhat common occurance particular to that model. I also saw it happen on a few 12 gauge Model 1100's when they first came out. For whatever reason that seemed to go away after a year or so of production.

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from philbourjaily wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Interestingly, Model 59s made after 1961 offered the option of interchangeable chokes called "Versalites." The 59 was ahead of its time.

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from Sheila Holbrook wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

my grandpa has a winchester 59 and i love it it has no recoil what so ever its a great gun

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