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My grandpa owns a Winchester 97 that was his dad's gun, and I'm going to be trying to buy it soon, It's a 16 Ga. Brush takedown model, built in 1910-11 I believe from the research I've done so far, and my question is if a solid frame barrel would work in a takedown model? the reason I ask this is becouse as you may know is right about at that time, the 16 Ga. '97s where being changed from a 2 5/8 camber to a 2 3/4. Right arrownd sereal number 500,000 I think, let me know if I'm wrong. Grandpa's is 500,582.a little close! infact too close to realiably be a 2 3/4. So theres a good chance its a 5/8, so I'm wondering if solid frame barrels can be attached. the reason I ask about using solid frame is becouse a 16 gauge winchester 1897 brush takedown barrel is nearly IMPOSSIBLE to find! any help would be greatly appreheated. Also, if it is a 5/8 chamber and I cant find a barrel, do any of you know where I could find 5/8 ammo?? I've already looked at RSTshells stock and could not find any... Help me out here! -Thadd
 

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Thanks! I have seen polywad, but did not know they had 2 5/8. So then what about the barrel question?
 

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Give it time. Not always does someone have the answer right away.
 

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Sorry about that, I understand. I would normally be more patient, but I have got to figure this out by 11 O'clock tomorrow morning to be useful infromation, I'm going to see him tomorrow, and this may be the only chance I get to see him this mouth and I wont to go in more confidently with better information about the gun...
 

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Just buy it regardless. It's a family heirloom. It's probably a damascus barrel. So please don't shoot modern ammo in it.
 
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I may be wrong on this but from what i have been told in the past even if it's a 2 3/4 chamber it may not be able to use modern star crimp shells being the older ones from that era were rolled crimped and are shorter when they open versus the modern shells. Either way like popeye said get the gun, they are great shotguns!
 

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Thank you all, very helpful and very funny, and I guess both of you kind of read my mind. I really wont to buy it anyway, I really should think less about the shootability of it as its worth more to me than a thousand dallors in gold. it's really more of a harloom than a shooting weapon, like I said, it was my great grandpas dad's gun. So it would be my great great grandpas gun, and my great grandpa is still alive, so and I'm luckly to buy it right from him. And I plain to keep it in the family at all costs and pass it on one day... @Square target, Vary intresting, I've never heard anything about the crip of the shell being a problem, I'll have to look into that. and then regaurding my question about barrels, do you think a solid frame barrel could be put into a takedown model? then I could just bypass the shell problem altogether... Sincere thanks, -Thadd
 

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Oh yeah, I just remembered why I'm hesitating buying it... I'M POOR AND I CAN JUST BARLY AFFORD THE CAPITAL TO DO THIS... So I'm just trying to use my finances wisely and mannage what little money I have to work with... I still will try to but it, you guys gave me the confidance I needed to move forward with a little more knowlage about the gun...
 

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Thank you all, very helpful and very funny, and I guess both of you kind of read my mind. I really wont to buy it anyway, I really should think less about the shootability of it as its worth more to me than a thousand dallors in gold. it's really more of a harloom than a shooting weapon, like I said, it was my great grandpas dad's gun. So it would be my great great grandpas gun, and my great grandpa is still alive, so and I'm luckly to buy it right from him. And I plain to keep it in the family at all costs and pass it on one day... @Square target, Vary intresting, I've never heard anything about the crip of the shell being a problem, I'll have to look into that. and then regaurding my question about barrels, do you think a solid frame barrel could be put into a takedown model? then I could just bypass the shell problem altogether... Sincere thanks, -Thadd
I wish i could answer the barrel swap part but i have no idea.
 
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Some big news guys! I got an 1897, not the first one that I talked about, that fell though, this one is far better than anything I could have hoped against hope for. saw it at a gun store and at first I thought it could not be a 97 because it looked so new. got it for 600$, its a 12 Gauge take-down, factory new Finnish, 753113 E serial plus all maching serials, beautiful bore and in internals, nothing broken nothing cracked. (At least not yet ha ha) any feed back about value, and how to properly put it back together after taking it down... (don't ask)
 

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Awesome good to hear you found one. (y) Post up some pics then. We like gun porn. :p
 
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