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Winchester lever action shotgun?
November 11, 2019
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There is a local estate auction with only three guns on it, shouldn't be many gun buyers there , maybe but one is a Winchester lever action 12 gauge, can anybody tell me anything on these, got to be a pretty unusual shotgun. What there worth and what to look for on them?  And yes condition means a lot on value.  terry

November 11, 2019
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Kinda hard to believe anyone with even a passing interest in "old guns" wouldn't own some basic, general, reference book like Flayderman's, Blue Book, etc. 

November 11, 2019
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clarence said
Kinda hard to believe anyone with even a passing interest in "old guns" wouldn't own some basic, general, reference book like Flayderman's, Blue Book, etc.   

So is there anything you can tell me about it? Maybe you have the info on it in one of your books.

November 11, 2019
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They're not that uncommon. Don't think you will be shooting modern ammo in one. They do look cool. Arnold Schwarzenegger used a cut down 1887 in one of his movies. 

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They're not that uncommon. Don't think you will be shooting modern ammo in one. They do look cool. Arnold Schwarzenegger used a cut down 1887 in one of his movies.   

So there not much of a collector piece?

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In 12 or 10 gauge the 1887 is popular for collectors of antique arms.  They did make a 1901 but I think this one is only in 10 gauge?  Condition is the major factor when trying to determine value.   An average gun that is as the factory made it could easily bring $500 to $1,000.  Fancy guns in great condition can bring several thousand.

We need pictures to really help you out.  Go on the internet and look these up.

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Chuck said
In 12 or 10 gauge the 1887 is popular for collectors of antique arms.  They did make a 1901 but I think this one is only in 10 gauge?  Condition is the major factor when trying to determine value.   An average gun that is as the factory made it could easily bring $500 to $1,000.  Fancy guns in great condition can bring several thousand.

We need pictures to really help you out.  Go on the internet and look these up.  

Thanks, I will do a little digging!

November 12, 2019
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Good luck and enjoy your research. Be sure and take a tape measure to the auction if you want to avoid a cut-down barrel. I like the 1887’s. They’re big, ugly and unusual....and often quite reasonably priced. The other guns could prove interesting as well, you never know.

 

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TXGunNut said
Good luck and enjoy your research. Be sure and take a tape measure to the auction if you want to avoid a cut-down barrel. I like the 1887’s. They’re big, ugly and unusual....and often quite reasonably priced. The other guns could prove interesting as well, you never know.

 

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I agree. I have 2 87's and an 01. I think they are cool. My son is trying to make off with one of the 87's. He'll likely be successful. 

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TXGunNut said
 They’re big, ugly and unusual....

 

Mike  

I agree, but I needed a nice one to fill the slot.  The only real collector of these that I have met is Charlie May.  He has a display that I saw either at Cody, Denver or Reno??

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I’d like to have one someday, I like the script logo on the receiver. 

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TXGunNut said
I’d like to have one someday, I like the script logo on the receiver. 

Mike  

I like it too, and I've always wondered why this is the only model Winchester added such an inscription? It might have looked nice on one of the other models with a large frame like a 76, or 86. Cost would be a big factor, but again, why did they do it on the 1887 (and 1901)? Maybe that frame was so ugly and held so much real estate that it needed something to dress it up.Frown

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