March 27, 2016
My name is Mark, and I am very new to Winchester firearms. I've been into handguns for about 3 years now, mostly Sig Sauer. I also enjoy rifles, and have a couple of Henry's and a Marlin. And, now, thanks to my dad, I have two Winchesters- a 94 in 30.30, and an 1887.
The 1887 is what brought me here. I received it from him last week, and realized that it must be unique (besides being a lever shotgun). I have done a fair bit of internet research, which ultimately brought me here. My goal is to preserve it, to learn more about it, and to hopefully shoot it one day. I don't plan to shoot it much, but I would like to see it function once or twice.
Thanks to some input, it appears that it has been refinished in the past. I know that this affects the value of it, but I'm not too put out about that. My father passed it on to me to keep it in the family, so I don't intend to sell it. He also knows that I love and appreciate guns, so he also wants to see me enjoy it and make the most of it.
I will have questions over time, but I plan to scour past posts for now. I appreciate the forum, and look forward to being a part of the community.
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April 15, 2005
Welcome Mark. I am in Chesapeake and shoot antique shotguns almost exclusively. I can help you with ammunition that is safe to shoot in your old black powder shotguns which is what the 1887 lever-action shotgun was designed for. the 1901 is basically the same gun with stronger steel for smokeless powder but at lower pressure loads than the modern loads available in most cases. Unless you get short chambered low pressure loads from Polywad or RST you got to roll your own. Best
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