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August 21, 2021
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I don’t know what I was thinking.  Man is that a looong barrel.  Oh well- good price at $550, so I own it now. SN 193257, Solid Frame, Full choke. The wood was pretty dry so I applied Kramers over the period of a few days.  Much better now. Have a great weekend!

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August 21, 2021
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Ron.

It is a very nice old gun!  Most of my Model 1897 collection are the early Pre-C and C-series guns.  I really like the round knob pistol grip stocks and the steel butt plates.

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August 21, 2021
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Almost sounds like buyers’ remorse, Ron. Can’t understand why, looks like a nice gun. Congrats!

 

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August 22, 2021
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That’s a dandy!  I am in agreement with Burt about the round nob pistol grip stocks. The 32″ barrel makes it a duck and goose gun for sure and hard to find in good condition.  I have a movie prop 1897 Riot Gun, “E” series that has the round nob, so it is probably a replaced stock, but it just looks cool.  It was used in the movie “TOM HORN” and I have the provenance, so it’s not a problem.  If it could only talk!  Laugh  RDB

August 22, 2021
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No buyer’s remorse at all.  It cleaned up well, doesn’t have any mechanical issues, has a lot of blue/ brown, and patterns about 60/40 high at 30 yards.  It’s just a long one!  Most of my shotguns run in the 24-28″ range so this one is a little awkward in my hands. I may have to try a trap shoot just because. Already ran the bolt over my thumb knuckle, so that’s taken care of…

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August 22, 2021
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You got “baptized”!  The bottom edges of the bolt can be really sharp too!  Got myself one time and didn’t feel it till my hand got sticky.  Ought to be a great shooter!  That’s a real score!  RDB

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rwsem said
 Already ran the bolt over my thumb knuckle, so that’s taken care of…  

That garnered a good chuckle… my first of the day, so thanks for that!

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August 22, 2021
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I agree, it needs a trip to the trap fields. I never creased my thumb with my shorty 1897 while shooting skeet, only when opening the action at other times. Your thread helped me decide to load up my Model 12 Trap gun this morning. It’s barrel is only 30” but it seems longer since I generally shoot double guns.

 

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August 23, 2021
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Bert H. said
Ron.

It is a very nice old gun!  Most of my Model 1897 collection are the early Pre-C and C-series guns.  I really like the round knob pistol grip stocks and the steel butt plates.

Bert  

I think the round knobs are the most aesthetically pleasing stock. I have two Browning shotguns, a Citori and Sweet 16, that are the same style.

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TXGunNut said
I agree, it needs a trip to the trap fields. I never creased my thumb with my shorty 1897 while shooting skeet, only when opening the action at other times. Your thread helped me decide to load up my Model 12 Trap gun this morning. It’s barrel is only 30” but it seems longer since I generally shoot double guns.

 

Mike  

I loaded 250 rounds of  1 1/8 oz/#7 1/2 shot this weekend, so I’m ready to go. I used my last bag of WAA wads and went to buy more online- didn’t realize shotgun reloading supplies were in short supply too.  

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August 23, 2021
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It seems the only gun related items that aren’t in short supply are HIGH PRICES!  Frown  RDB

August 24, 2021
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rwsem said

I loaded 250 rounds of  1 1/8 oz/#7 1/2 shot this weekend, so I’m ready to go. I used my last bag of WAA wads and went to buy more online- didn’t realize shotgun reloading supplies were in short supply too.    

They come in bags nowadays?

 

Mike

 

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You got “baptized”!  The bottom edges of the bolt can be really sharp too!  Got myself one time and didn’t feel it till my hand got sticky.  Ought to be a great shooter!  That’s a real score!  RDB  

I once saw a man remove his entire Thumbnail with the bolt of a 97. During a SASS shoot we were in the middle of a clay birdie shoot relay with partners and the range master called for unloading while they went down range to reset and see what was wrong with the thrower. My shooting partner got excited when he was instructed to unload his 97, and put his thumb right in the way of the bolt. I learned rather quickly from his mistake. 

I also once saw a man shoot his own hand while fanning a short barreled Colt. Its hard to describe exactly how he did that exactly. It was for some sort of side match, quickdraw or something, as fanning is not allowed in SASS during regular competition. They had to air-lift him to the hospital. I don’t know if it made much difference but he was shooting lite loads. He recovered, but I don’t think you could ever consider it fully recovered.

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