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 Post subject: 1901 winchester lever action shotgun
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 9:31 pm 
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I have a 1901 model winchester lever action shot gun that is a 12 GA. Every thing I read about them states that they were only offered in 10 GA. Can you shed any light on this for me. thanks Bill Skiles. All pics I have seen tell me it is a 1901.
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 Post subject: Re: 1901 winchester lever action shotgun
PostPosted: Tue Dec 30, 2003 11:57 pm 
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I thought so also. I know the 1887 lever Action was 12 and 10 both. it was made from 1887 - 1901.

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 Post subject: Re: 1901 winchester lever action shotgun
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 9:29 am 
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If it is a 1887 it is NOT NITRO PROOFED do not shoot modern shotshell in it. The gun was design for use with blackpowder shotshells only. You can hand load light shells with modern powder that will have pressures as low as blackpowder but most commercial avalible ammunition you can by will have chamber pressure to high for the 1887. Have a good gunsmith check it over he can tell you for sure what it is and what would be safe to shoot in it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1901 winchester lever action shotgun
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MarlandS wrote:
I thought so also. I know the 1887 lever Action was 12 and 10 both. it was made from 1887 - 1901.
All pics I have seen tell me it is 1901. not sure how to be positive.


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 Post subject: Re: 1901 winchester lever action shotgun
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 6:41 pm 
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mcbirch wrote:
If it is a 1887 it is NOT NITRO PROOFED do not shoot modern shotshell in it. The gun was design for use with blackpowder shotshells only. You can hand load light shells with modern powder that will have pressures as low as blackpowder but most commercial avalible ammunition you can by will have chamber pressure to high for the 1887. Have a good gunsmith check it over he can tell you for sure what it is and what would be safe to shoot in it.

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 Post subject: Re: 1901 winchester lever action shotgun
PostPosted: Wed Dec 31, 2003 8:10 pm 
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There is no way to tell by looking at a picture whether it is an 1887 or a 1901 as they LOOK identical.The 1901 was made in 10 only while the 1887 was made in both.So if a 12 will fit into the chamber you have a 1887.The info on using the earlier gun for smokeless is correct.I realize some Cowboy action guys do it but most of them use reduced loads and even then they are flirting with BAD MEDICINE.....Sooner or later we must all pay for our decisions.On the other side of the coin,a heck of a lot of the later guns still grace the goose blinds yet today.Some of the old timers swear by them.I load all brass shells for my 1901 but it has a problem I can't seem to solve.It will NOT feed from the magazine.As the shell comes up to the chamber the rear of it drops down under the bolt and stops the whole shebang. I am nearly to the end of my rope.HELP !!!!!!!!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 1901 winchester lever action shotgun
PostPosted: Thu Jan 01, 2004 1:20 pm 
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I would think the easy way to tell would be by the serial number since the Model 1901 continued where the 1887 left off.. 64,856.

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