Congrats on a great old gun and for my part of the country a great price. A '97 in that condition would probably go for closer to $500.00 in Okla.
I grew up hunting with a solid frame '97, ducks, doves and rabbits. Graduated to a take down '97 and then foolishly traded it for an 870 Remington. Still have the solid frame. I don't think I would use steel shot in the old girl but you could sure knock them out at the skeet fields.