Well, it arrived yesterday, Went to the shop to do the transfer, discussed with the 'Smith, not a terrible big ding in the barrel, but noticeable on the inside, really smooth action, much nicer than my other '97, quite pleased overall. Decided on making the barrel a 20" , no bead, replace the decades old, hard-as-a rock recoil pad with a new one, safety and function check on the entire works. Pick it up in a month or so (maybe just 2 weeks, but I know him, he's slow). I'm gonna need a butt-cover to hide the unsightly aftermarket recoil pad, so shopping for one now.
Also, found another '97 on the SASS Net classifieds today, moments ago, looks really nice. Bead blasted finish, shortened barrel (to what, dunno), good looking wood, I needed #3, just got paid...so I'm buying it.
Who makes good butt-covers for a '97? I might need 2 or 3