January 19, 2013
Well my 6th Winchester is safely home and resting nicely in its new slot in my rack.
A c1905 Model 1897 Take Down 30" full in decent condition (not sure how to grade condition) still has a lot of bluing never refinished and with a few dings and dents in the wood.
Someone as it appears is common had assembled the magazine incorrectly. With the clamp to far back and it wouldn't allow the tube to travel out of the threads far enough. All squared away now. the take down is nice and tight. The next step is a visit to my gunsmith for a complete safety check and to make sure the chamber is properly set up for modern 2 3/4" shells.
Going to add some nice photos tomorrow
If anyone is surveying these the serial number is 273920
I picked it up for $346.00 at the local pawn shop (which is more like a small gun shop with a pawn shop in it at this point). He's selling a LOT of new firearms and a real good guy to deal with.
Its going to be one of my Pheasant guns. And maybe a few rabbits now and then.
April 15, 2005
That was a very good buy on an early "D" series gun. Is the butt plate the smooth steel, or the checkered steel variety?
All of the 12-Ga Model 1897s were chambered for a 2-3/4" shell.
I have a real soft spot for the round knob pistol grip stocks on the early production Model 1897s.
WACA 6571L, Historian & Board of Director Member
January 19, 2013
The butt plate has a very attractive framed checkering.
I love the rounded pistol grip myself.
Now that its home its really growing on me. Quite happy I lucked into it.
Next on the Winchester shotgun want list (don't tell the wife) is a short barreled model 12 or a model 37 in 20ga (I know where one is just need to find the funds) Don't tell the wife about that one either LOL
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