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November 28, 2020 - 5:14 pm
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I bought my 12 gauge, model 1897 at an estate auction in 1988. Serial # 668273, is on both action and barrel. The barrel is marked CYL and came with a poly choke. I was considering getting into Cowboy action shooting at the time and had the poly choke removed and a front sight bead added by local gun smith. The barrel is now 19.75 inches long. I did not start Cowboy shooting and have only shot it less than 10 times. The gun is at least 75%. 

My questions are. Did model 97’s come with poly chokes or was it added by owner later? What length barrels came with a cylinder choke? Did I make a major mistake in removing the poly choke? 

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November 28, 2020 - 5:56 pm
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In answer to yor question, No, Model 1897 shotguns were not factory equipped with a Poly Choke.  Your Model 1897 was manufacture in October or the year 1917.  The Poly Choke company did not exist until 1962.

The Model 1897 was offered with a 26-inch CYL bore barrel as standard on the Brush Gun variation, and with a 20-inch CYL bore barrel on the Riot Gun variation.  All other variations could have been special ordered with a CYL bore barrel.

No, you did not make a mistake by removing the eyesore Poly Choke device.


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August 8, 2022 - 2:42 pm
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I have the 1940’s Shooter’s Bible replica, on pg 82 is an add for Poly Choke. So Polly Choke was made long before 1940. It is a reorganized company that started in 1962. I’ve seen that wrong date in a couple places.

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