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97 Winchester Cyl Bore 25"
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November 14, 2022 - 1:30 pm
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Gentlemen, 

New to the board with my first question. I have an opportunity to purchase  a 97, 12 ga.  Marked CYL. on it’s 25″ barrel. 

I’m wondering, is this most likely a 26″ barrel that’s been cut? Could it be a special order gun? I don’t know the serial number as of yet. Waiting on a answer from the seller. Seller advises the gun was manufactured in 1908. Any thoughts shared will be much appreciated. Steve in Ohio.

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Steve,

Are you sure that the barrel length was measured correctly? I can’t imagine why someone would shorten a CYL bore barrel by just one inch. Where (precisely) in the front bead sight located on the barrel (distance to the muzzle face)?

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Hiya Bert, 

I sent you a pm. The ser# on the shotgun is 386868.

I’ve emailed the seller for the measurement you request.

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