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1897 winchester 16 gauge
November 8, 2018
4:59 pm
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john j anderson
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are there any 28 inch barrels available for a winchester model 1897 made between 1908 and 1909 barrel on my gun has some pitting and not sure how safe it would be to shoot the barrel can be removed by giving it a half twist

November 8, 2018
9:54 pm
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John,

The only likely source for a replacement barrel would be to find another complete gun from that same time period. Another safety issue for a 16-ga Model 1897 of that time period, is the fact that the chamber length is only 2-9/16". It is not safe to shoot them with modern manufactured 16-ga shells (2-3/4").

In regards to the barrel removal, all 16-ga Model 1897 shotguns were made with the Take Down feature, which allows the barrel assembly to be unlocked and removed from the receiver frame with a 1/4 turn (twist). I suspect that the Take Down feature on your gun is not properly locked in place. I highly recommend that you take the gun to a qualified gun smith and have him inspect the gun.

Bert

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