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 Post subject: Winchester 97
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 7:05 am 
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Local shop took in a 16 gauge 97, rougher than a cob but functions. Question, it is factory cyl bore. Never saw one before. What would be the purpose of a 16 cyl bore back then? (Sold in less than a day)




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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 97
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:18 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 97
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:43 am 
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1902 ad listing the 16g "Brush" gun

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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 97
PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:06 am 
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Drew Hause wrote:
1902 ad listing the 16g "Brush" gun

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Thank you very much for that picture, helps


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 97
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 5:55 pm 
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Are all 16 ga 26” barreled 97’s considered to be a “brush gun”, regardless of choke? I have a full choked one from 1918 that definitely shoots too tight for the brush.


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 Post subject: Re: Winchester 97
PostPosted: Mon Sep 28, 2020 6:16 pm 
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October 16, 1897 Sporting Life 12g Brush 26" cylinder bore

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July 23, 1898 Sporting Life

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The 16g was introduced in 1899 with barrel length and choke as desired; November 25 Sporting Life

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In the 1911 catalog the Brush was only offered in 12g



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