Winchester Model 97

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Arioch98, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. Arioch98

    Arioch98 New Member

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    Hi All,
    I was wondering if anyone out there could give me an answer on this.

    I was given a Winchester Model 97 12ga. i'm trying to figure out the year it was made the serial # is C 233642 i checked a site on the internet and it had many serial numbers but none matched mine. thank you.
     
  2. M14sRock

    M14sRock Active Member

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    Welcome aboard. 1905.
     

  3. Jesse17

    Jesse17 New Member

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    Got pics???
     
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  4. Gatekeeper

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  5. Arioch98

    Arioch98 New Member

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    Just wanted to say thank you all for your help. added a few pictures for you to check out.
     

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  6. M14sRock

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    You are a lucky guy. The M97 is one of the best pump shotguns ever made.
     
  7. Arioch98

    Arioch98 New Member

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    Hi All,
    need a little advice, i was just offered $300 for the gun is that about right considering it's age and condition. part of me wants to keep it just for the fact of how old it is, but i've been eyeing up a Sig pistol i want and 300.00 or more would help. what do you think??
     
  8. M14sRock

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    I would not sell a 97 for $300 unless it was in terrible shape. Yours looks very good to me, but how is it mechanically?
     
  9. Hawg

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    No way would I sell for that even if it wasn't fully functional. It's worth twice that easy.
     
  10. Arioch98

    Arioch98 New Member

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    it shoots fine, i havn't shot it much, the past year, but it's pretty sound no problems.
     
  11. wyoming_wayne

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    i also have a model 97 i been having questions about, maybe you guys can help me out as well. my grandpa handed down to me a m97, m94 and a m77. the m97 sn: e 100***7 . anyone know the year? i took mine out the safe a few months back and put about 15 shells threw it. it worked perfect not a single issue. i would of fired it more but i just wanted to see if it worked and i didnt want to damage it in anyway since it has sentimental value to me. i also was wondering if i could find a replacement barrel for it maybe 18.5 or 20 inch. i think the barrel on it now is 30 or 32, im not 100 percent sure but know i would prefer a shorter barrel on it. here are some pics of the bad boy.
     

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  12. hotrodz32

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    I have a M 97 16 ga that was made in 1904 but has 'nt got the C prefix. Your gun is a takedown model they were made with a solid receiver as well. The barrel should have a matching number on it. No way you should sell it for 300 it's worth way more than that and will keep growing in value
     
  13. hotrodz32

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    Your 97 is a takedown model made in 1955 or 1956 need full # to tell as they only made 7100 in 55 your barrel should have a matching # on it
     
  14. wyoming_wayne

    wyoming_wayne New Member

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    thanks for the help hotrodz32. 1004977 is the full sn.
     
  15. hotrodz32

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    Your 97 was made in 1955 Wyoming and looks like a nice one they are great old shotguns
     
  16. cottontop

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    That's really a neat old shotgun. They are still completely functional and useful. John Browning got that one right (as he always did). My Dad had one in 16 gauge about 40 years ago. I wish I had it. He traded it off as he was one of those guys who held no sentimentality toward anything. Guns and dogs were just "tools" to him. Anyway, nice gun. Congrats.
    cottontop