Mitchell 300 dating
With the eight ball bearings, operation is "smooth as butter." This is something to cherish when you're working hard at bringing in a nice size Bass or Catfish. Easy to use, precision where it counts, pretty much bullet proof. Try gettin 50 bullhead with any other reel in one outing and that reel will not go with you the next time. The Mitchell 300 horses any fish in especially bullhead, bullhead are the strongest toughest fish I know of.
Mitchells numbering system was designed for internal use such as quality control, and audits and not for the collector to trace production data or historical events.I have never had a reel like this and would purchase another one if given the option.I picked my first Mitchell 300 at Walmart for under and immediately put it through the test! The reel cast smooth I can chuck a crappie jig 40 yards all day long and have the sun burn to prove it.It is unclear what this single digit represented but it has sparked many debates with collectors.The 3rd and 4th versions had either an A or B prefix before the serial number on the reverse side of the body located on either the top or the bottom.My son bought one at the same time and his did the same thing. Determining dates of issue for Mitchell spinning reels has always been at the forefront of questions asked by collectors.Our research revealed inconsistencies in the methodology of how they applied their serial numbers.This is not to say Mitchell did not have a suitable system, but if they did, it is not evident.What we did uncover was somewhat satisfying but also disappointing at the same time. Each group has their own unique method of numbering with no tie between the systems.We looked at the problem from an analytical approach so we can make some sense of their methods. At the time Mitchell introduced the first two versions of the Mitchell reel, serial numbers were not utilised.