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Author Topic: Winchester Model 1897 and Model 12  (Read 2016 times)

TimGerber

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Winchester Model 1897 and Model 12
« on: March 09, 2009, 04:41:09 pm »
On a whim I stopped by the local gun store today and saw an unbelievably nice Model 1897 in 12 gauge for $500.00.  The bluing is so nice that at first I thought that it might have been reblued at some time.  The store manager is a friend and assured me that it was not.  The bore is great.  The wood is very nice. 

They also have a Winchester Model 12 in 16 gauge that has a little more wear on the metal, but it has an English style stock.  The asking price on that one is $600.00. 

I only have enough money for one of these shotguns.  I like old guns, and 16 gauge doesn't scare me as I have friends who have them, and I can get all of the reloads that I want. 

Does anybody out there have any experience with either of these shotguns, and if so do the prices seem right?

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    JesseL

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    Re: Winchester Model 1897 and Model 12
    « Reply #1 on: March 09, 2009, 04:49:52 pm »
    I've got a 16 gauge model 12 that I inherited. I love it to death.

    It's one of those guns you don't think much about because it just works so well, there's nothing to complain about. It always does exactly what I want and nothing I don't.
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