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Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by nwtech, Jun 18, 2013.
Does anyone have a gunsmith that works on Winchester 1897 shotguns in the in or near Portland?
What is wrong with it? What is it not doing?
Tony Portland, Oregon Area
You can check with the various Cowboy Action (SASS) clubs in the area is these 87s are the main shotguns they use. Many of the clubs have gunsmiths.
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I have no idea if he has worked on any model '97's, but I have had some gunsmithing work on a few of my guns by Al's Gun Shop in Forest Grove (formerly Verboort). He was reasonable and did good work.
The gun and it's sibling have been sitting for a long time and need a serious cleaning. Also, I can't get one of them to go back together (they are takedown models) and I don't ever remember it being together in one piece (over 30 years). I'm worried if I take them apart I may not get them back together again. May want to get the barrel shortened also as one was already cut down.
I had been thinking of contacting a Cowboy Action club. May call Al's tomorrow. Thanks for the input.
I have repaired many, and would be more than happy to take a look at yours.
Just send me a pm if your interested
Just had 2 of mine repaired by a cowboy named General Lee Good. Unfortunately He's in Medford.
Are you lookin to get the guns just in working order or are you wanting to "Cowboy" it?
I think I've found someone close by to help. Thanks for all the input.
Not sure what I want to do until I make sure they are safe and in working order. I'm thinking of keeping one stock and the other with a shortened barrel for home defense. Lot of family history in them.
Here's one of the top guys in the country. Some helpful info too.
Remember some 97s are not designed for modern shotshells (70mm vs 75mm). Get that checked out too.
Old Western Gun Repair