Admittedly at almost the last possible second, I've just realized that a.) the 3 shell limit on waterfowl hunting applies to pumps as well as autoloaders, and b.) my Dad's old Model 12 Heavy Duck gun does not have a plug in it, and it holds 5 each 3" shells, and c. season opens in 3 days. Talk about lack of preparation on my part. ugh.
As I understand it, and from looking at the gun, there is a small machine screw (fat tip) near the end of the magazine tube that must be removed, and there is a push pin just below the screw that must also be removed, while holding back the spring tension with the other hand, to access the magazine tube. I should then be able to decompress the spring, drop in a dowel rod and then recompress the spring and reassemble it all in reverse order. Does this sound correct? Am I overlooking something?
In regards to the dowel rod, I figure to use a wooden dowel from Michael's or some place and cut it to 9", which is just about the length of 3 each 3" shells. Any idea on what diameter rod I should use?
Lastly, is there anybody in town (Anchorage) who is good with old Winchesters and might be able to either a.) do this for me, or b.) bail me out if I butcher it? before Friday?