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Old 12-29-2019, 04:52 PM
Mattvalentine270 Mattvalentine270 is offline
 
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Default Modern Ammo in Winchester 1897

Hey guys, I have a question about what type of ammunition is safe to shoot through a vintage Winchester 1897 take down trench gun. I have quite a bit of Sellier and Bellot 00 buck shot. They’re 2 3/4” shells but the Dram Eq. is MAX. Would you think that the max dram equivalent ammo is safe to shoot through my shotgun?
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Old 12-30-2019, 10:16 AM
RDS RDS is offline
 
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What gauge? Early 16ga versions reportedly have short chambers
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Old 12-31-2019, 11:20 AM
1hdrocks 1hdrocks is offline
 
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Only thing I’ve ever shot through mine is lighter, low brass trap and field loads. Don’t know what a max load may be for the ‘ol 97. I would imagine she’ll handle buckshot no problem but I figured I’d take it easy on her and me.
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Old 12-31-2019, 11:55 AM
porthos porthos is offline
 
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if the ammo says max it is really going to hurt a lot. i don't think that it will hurt the gun, but, it will contribute accelorated headspace. i wouldn't use it
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Old 12-31-2019, 02:00 PM
36ID_Redleg 36ID_Redleg is offline
 
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If you value your 1897, shoot only "low brass" or equivalent light loads. A friend who is a connoisseur of 1897s fired a modern hot buckshot load in one and it locked up the action so that it would not eject. Required gunsmith intervention. Caution!
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Old 12-31-2019, 06:15 PM
SpearheadOrd SpearheadOrd is offline
 
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When I shot high brass in mine the next round in the magazine jumps the retaining arms into the receiver and jams the action. Believe its the recoil force but haven't fully trouble shot it yet.

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Airborne, Mark
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