Re: Winchester Model 42 Recommendations
I still have the standard grade Model 42, mod. choke, that my father purchased in 1933 (first year of mfg.). It has been a working gun most of it's life and shows the wear that taking hundreds of rabbits would be expected. It is the gun I learned to shoot a shotgun with. It does handicap you when hunting because you are tossing much less lead in the air. But if your skill level is sufficient it will get the job done.
There is a lot of collector interest in the Model 42 especially when you are talking about the trap, skeet and deluxe grade guns. So guns in fine condition are demanding prices over $1000 for a nice standard grade gun and several thousands if you looking at one of the better grade guns.
Since you say you are a new hunter my suggestion would be look into a 20 or 12 gauge gun to start with. You could always add the 42 as your shooting skill improves. But I will admit that taking that old 42 to the field is a lot of fun.
Retired Praefectus Vigilum
NRA Endowment Member