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Old 09-04-2022, 11:49 AM
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Default 1897 Winchester

Repost to get your help, I picked up and now have been able to look it over, looks better than I remembered. Who can help with determination of production date. I have seen listings on the web, todays search indicated 1901 production date a prior search 1954 date. Its lower receiver is marked C then under that 100416, top of barrel has Full Cyn and the number 12. Its a solid receiver, Full Winchester roll mark on barrel and full roll mark on left side action bar marked Winchester Model 1897, a choke has been installed, action worked very very smooth.
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Old 09-04-2022, 11:50 AM
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I also picked this up, benchmark of shotguns but not as interesting as 1897
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Old 09-04-2022, 12:47 PM
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If I remember correctly around WW1 they started making the shell interrupter a push button on both sides. The ones prior to that (like yours) had external screws holding the interrupter in place.

Just looked up my serial number range. It’s from 1912 and it has the updated button shell interrupter

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Old 09-04-2022, 8:15 PM
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Your hand placement will take some getting used to so put a band-aid on the top of yor thumb until you put a hundred rounds through it.
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