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RudyN
02-06-2012, 7:39 PM
Just ordered a second 12GA 1897 Winchester which I will be using for Cowboy Action Shooting. What is nice is that it was made in 1922 just like the one I now have and the serial numbers are only about 3,000 apart.

jyo
02-06-2012, 7:44 PM
Always had a soft spot for '97s...

11011500a
02-06-2012, 7:46 PM
Sweet

TRAP55
02-06-2012, 11:49 PM
Rudy, post or PM me the serial numbers, and I can give you the exact DOM on both guns from the Winchester polishing room records. If you found that 1922 date online, or most anywhere else, it's probably wrong.

mj1
02-07-2012, 4:59 AM
What did you have to give for it?

FFSandvig
02-07-2012, 7:27 AM
I love the '97s. Fun shooters. Even more fun to disassemble ;)

renardsubtil
02-08-2012, 2:07 PM
PM if you want a disassemble guide, I found one looking high and low on the interweb and it sure if helpful :)

RudyN
02-08-2012, 2:48 PM
What did you have to give for it?

$500.00 which inludes shipping . No DROS fee since I have a C&R FFL.

TRAP55
02-08-2012, 3:14 PM
Rudy, a little older than 1922, PM sent.

mj1
02-08-2012, 4:52 PM
$500.00 which inludes shipping . No DROS fee since I have a C&R FFL.

Thanks, I have a fairly nice one I think was made in 1942 I might have to let go so I was looking for a fair value. I should have PM'ed you sorry.

Cheers

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v130/montereyjack/36eb8398.jpg

emcon5
02-09-2012, 10:38 AM
Anyone got a source for a replacement buttstock? Mine is cracked pretty badly.

Thanks,

renardsubtil
02-09-2012, 1:14 PM
I've got an original stock that's not cracked and comes with the original Winchester plastic(?) butt plate if you're interested, just PM me and I'll let you know how much i'm looking for.
Anyone got a source for a replacement buttstock? Mine is cracked pretty badly.

Thanks,

Curley Red
02-09-2012, 2:13 PM
I've had a 97 for about 14 years and finally got the barrel cut down so my wife could handle it better. Trust me I didn't want to cut it down but we won't be able to afford another for who knows how long and we will probably never sell this one, but anyways. When my buddy took it apart he said that most of the original blueing was left on the internal parts, he said he has never seen one with that much original blueing and he has been handeling 97's for about 60 or so years. Probably why I have never had any problems with it shooting SASS.

RudyN
02-09-2012, 2:21 PM
If you want a second barrel or parts you can looks up this website as he has parts and original 97s. In fact this is who I ordered my second 97 from.

http://classicoldwestarms.com/shotguns.html

TRAP55
02-09-2012, 3:37 PM
You '97 owners can probably use this:
http://stevespages.com/ipb-winchester-1897.html

And this:
http://stevespages.com/pdf/winchester_97.pdf

tonelar
02-09-2012, 4:46 PM
I have these for CAS matches at Chabot (where they allow them loaded to capacity). There are few things in life as satisfying as slamfiring 5 in a row in under 2 seconds out f an old 97.

Curley Red
02-10-2012, 6:34 AM
I have these for CAS matches at Chabot (where they allow them loaded to capacity). There are few things in life as satisfying as slamfiring 5 in a row in under 2 seconds out f an old 97.

In Wild Bunch we do 6 rounds on each stage, and it is a blast.

RudyN
02-10-2012, 2:46 PM
The reason I bought the two 97s is that I will eventually be doing Wild Bunch and also CAS. I now have my 1911s, Lever Action and the 97s. All I need to do is find someone who makes 45ACP SASS loads then I will be ready top go.

brianinca
02-11-2012, 6:01 AM
A friend of mine gave me an old 97 when he moved out of state. According to a Winchester booklet the mfg dates to 1922, also.

The trigger is too light to hunt with but it sure is fun to shoot. The short receiver makes them feel a lot handier than modern pumps. Kind of wonder why that went out of style, almost reminds me of a Ruger No. 1 - a full length barrel in a rifle that handles like a carbine.

Those darn things are comically complex, did JMB get paid by the part when he designed that? I need to pick up a sear and see about getting the trigger pull up to snuff.

Regards,
Brian in CA

Clipity
02-11-2012, 5:52 PM
I have a 97 sitting in my safe, I should get it out and have a look at when it was made. It has one of the longest barrels I have ever seen.

RudyN
02-11-2012, 7:25 PM
I shot my first 97 today and to me the kick was not near as bad as my side by side and the 97 doesn't have a recoil pad.

rojocorsa
02-11-2012, 7:32 PM
I've never shot one, but I am very intrigued by the way the action opens on the bottom.

TRAP55
02-12-2012, 8:45 AM
If you want the correct DOM on your 97's, post the serial here:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=410211