Winchester 1897 12 gauge

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  1. rechapman03

    rechapman03 New Member

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    I just acquired a Winchester 1897. It was made in the 1920's and from everything I can see, it's in excellent shape. It has been refinished and has a full choke barrel on it. Has anyone had the pleasure of shooting one of these and what was your experience? Have you slam-fired it ? WaWaiting to hear your commenyWaiting to hear your
     
  2. 25-5

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    I have my grandfathers from 1910. It's 16 ga. Open hammer. Breakdown with a really nice leather and brass case. I used it in cowboy action and it served me well even with full choke.
    During the depression my grandfather would line up 2 geese on the beach of Lake Geneva WI, and bag them one shot. It was meat not sport in those times.
    I have slam fired it many times. It's fun but not accurate. Ok if your in a trench, although it is not a trench gun.
    Some bluing is gone, and there are scratches on the stock. They all tell a story so I would never have it refinished.
     

  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Have used them in law enforcement and US Army. Yes, you can hold back the trigger for rapid fire. Whether you can HIT anything like that is another matter! :D
     
  4. FrontierTCB

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    How bout a couple pics??? Sounds cool.
     
  5. aandabooks

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    Mine is a 1906 made and it was given to me when I married his daughter 15 years ago. It is definately a working gun. Mine doesn't have a recoil pad. Just a steel butt plate. I've only shot it a couple times as it packs a pretty good wallop.
     
  6. rechapman03

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  7. FrontierTCB

    FrontierTCB Active Member

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    Looks good. The phrase "They don't make em like they used to". just popped in my head.
     
  8. rechapman03

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    After additional investigation, it looks like the gun was made June 1954, close to the end of the production era for this firearm. It's probably one of the reasons the gun is in good condition.
     
  9. CaptMike

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    I inherited one from my Uncle Buck a few years ago. It has a recoil pad (which has gone "flat"). Don't know when it was made - Ser#165479
     
  10. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    The old 97 loaded with buck and slugs is a comfort in bear country.:)
     

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  11. rechapman03

    rechapman03 New Member

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    Mine will shoot buckshot just fine but slugs not so much, it's full choke.
     
  12. rechapman03

    rechapman03 New Member

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    Looks like shotgun was produced around the turn of the 20th century.
    1897 32335*
    1898 64668*
    1899 96999*
    1900 129332*
    1901 161665*
    1902 193998*
    1903 226331*
    1904 258664
    1905 296037
    1906 334059
    1907 377999
    1908 413618
    1909 446888
    1910 481062
    1911 512632
    1912 544313
    1913 575213
    1914 592732