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Model 97 Chamber and ammunition
October 6, 2013
11:46 pm
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We have had a Model 97 #192294 12 gauge join our family. I am a rifle person, so know little about this shotgun.

Do we need to be concerned about cartridge length? Are 2 3/4" cases safe to use in this gun?

What cautions regarding using this shotgun am I unaware of?

October 7, 2013
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The serial number tells me that it is a Model "1897" (and should be marked as such on the slide bar) that was manufactured in December of 1902. It should have a "C" stamped above the serial number on the receiver frame.

All Model 1897 12-ga shotguns were chambered for a 2-3/4" shell. Do not shoot magnum, or steel shot loaded shells in it.

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October 7, 2013
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Thank you, Bert.

I've been reading around other forums--many folks are saying that the chambers should be reamed and the forcing cons opened in these old guns. Pressure problems because the plastic shells open longer than the older paper roll crimps.

Other people say that this is a wives-tale, and that the guns are safe to shoot modern 2 3/4 ammunition.

Seems to mirror the filler/no filler discussions for a .38-55!

October 7, 2013
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I shoot modern 2-3/4" shells in all of my Model 1897 shotguns with no issues or problems.

Bert

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