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Old March 27, 2020, 19:18   #1
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Need Gunsmith for 1937 Win97

Hello,
LOOKING FOR SMITH THAT WORK ON WIN 1897.
I just gat 1937 Winchester 97 Trenchgun.
Guns was in service for the Texas bureau of prison Huntsville, Texas.
I don't know nothing of this gun, so I need a smith that can work in this guns.
The action is kind of hard to cycle.
Found a mix reviews of possible answer but most of recommend to have it check by smith that work on 97.

Thanks
Luis

THANKS YOVINNY.

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Old March 28, 2020, 07:37   #2
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97's are very quirky and pretty clunky,,,there is a learning curve for those that have never handled one before....A remmy 870 it is not.
In other words, I wouldent be in a rush to send it anywhere, untill somebody pretty familiar with them gives it a try.
Just my .02
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Old March 28, 2020, 14:40   #3
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I have several 97's. Been hunting with them since I was a kid but I am no gunsmith. There was a smith from my area that was on the board here, crow99. He knew 97's inside and out and did some work on a couple of mine. Sadly he passed away last fall and I know of no other around these parts. The old timers are leaving us and with them goes the knowledge.
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Old March 29, 2020, 07:37   #4
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There are some cowboy action guys that specialize in the Win 97. They know them inside and out. Coyote Cap is one of them—I think he was responsible for working with Norinco to bring in the Chinese 97 copies. Or Outlaw Gambler/Classic Old West Arms.
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Old March 29, 2020, 17:29   #5
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97

i would suspect your 97 needs a good cleaning and some oil .
They are one of the most robust guns ever built in my opinion.
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Old March 29, 2020, 18:26   #6
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Thanks to all for your quick replies with advices.
I will try to send it to: CLASSIC OLD WEST ARMS for the;
Action Job, consist of ultra sonic cleaning of all parts, inspection of parts, modifications and polishing, $195.00.

Thanks again.
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Old March 30, 2020, 09:25   #7
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I have several 97's. Been hunting with them since I was a kid but I am no gunsmith. There was a smith from my area that was on the board here, crow99. He knew 97's inside and out and did some work on a couple of mine. Sadly he passed away last fall and I know of no other around these parts. The old timers are leaving us and with them goes the knowledge.
Sorry to hear about Crow.

Never met the man, just chatted with him here by PM's a couple times. He did know his stuff, wish I could have met him.

Hope all is well with all y'all.
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Sorry to hear about Crow.

Never met the man, just chatted with him here by PM's a couple times. He did know his stuff, wish I could have met him.

Hope all is well with all y'all.
I made an error it's been two years ago. Crow99 and I were hunting moose out in the north woods. He was awfully sick but wanted to spend the week in the woods anyway.

Yes we are all ok. Haven't had to eat any yotes yet. Hope all is well with you down there. Stay way from the out of state folks and keep healthy.
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Denny is correct. Mine was sluggish also. Complete disassembly , clean and oil and it runs great! Plenty info online on disassembly and re-assembly.
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That is the biggest issues with 97s, if they get gummed up inside, they're a motherbear cycle. Great guns though, They've been coming in pretty regularly lately. I did a solid frame clone and a takedown clone trench gun for myself and one of my sons. Currently working on a third
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