I have taken a liking to a model 23 and don't know much about this shotgun or it's variations or values. Planning to use it for pheasant hunting. I'm still open minded about a good, light pheasant gun, advice appreciated.
I lucked into a Pigeon-Grade Model 23 in 20 gauge that had fired 1 box of shells through it back in 2001 and paid $1200.00 for it. It has 28" barrels and came choked modified/full. The finish was in mint condition.
Since I have NO intention of ever selling it, I had it re-choked to Improved Cylinder/Modified and added a 1" recoil pad to extend the length of pull. Factory guns choked IC/M come with 26" barrels. I also replaced the glossy factory finish with a hand-rubbed oil finish and it now looks like the fine shotgun it is.
While my M-23 is not as light or fast swinging on desert quail as my Browning 425, it is still a pleasure to hunt with. I've also used it to take limits on doves.
You will not be disappointed when you get your hands on one!
A forum community dedicated to the great outdoors and hunting enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about hunting, fishing, survival, archery gunsmithing, optics, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!