Originally Posted by jhawk73
Thanks for the info all! The 1897 has sure been around. Glad to have it and hope to locate a barrel
It might also be a riot gun. Short barrel, no handguard or bayonet mount.
Are there any markings on it that might indicate it was used by a police
department, military guards, or a prison?
How short is it? Cowboy action shooters use cut down 97's, there may be a market for your old barrel, or even a trade for a full length one.
Is it a takedown or solid frame? (There is a joint just forward of the receiver
on the takedown). That will make a BIG difference in how hard it is to fit the new barrel.
How to measure: Measurement is from the front of the bolt with the action closed to the end of the muzzle. Drop a wooded dowel down the barrel until it hits the bolt face, mark at the muzzle, take out and measure.
What's the serial number? (use x's for the last few numbers). With that you can find the year of manufacture.
Try Gun Parts (Numrich) or maybe Jack First for a barrel.