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Is a '97 worth it for a beginner?

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Only in Sweet 16 ....  Just pulling your String Hammered SxS is the Cowboy Way ....

 

Jabez Cowboy 

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My normal match shotgun is a hammered double it seems strange to shoot any double without hammers. That said I do enjoy shooting my 97 but don't use it enough to be consistent on how I load it. This year I am going to try and have fun with an 87 definitely going to be a challenge as if shooting Frontiersman is not enough. Best to try shooting as many as you can before you buy and see what you are most comfortable shooting.

 

Hochbauer

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Like Widder said side x sides are for Sissy.:ph34r:

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Started with a double, very soon went to a 97 for 5 or 6 years and had plenty of train wrecks and went back to a sxs last year and glad I did. But that's just my .02 worth.

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While the design dates from 1893/1897 they were built until September of 1957. Winchester sold shy of a million. Find a decent modern double, remove the auto ejectors if it’s got them and try that for a while. Then borrow a 97 a few times, if you like it better than the double buy one. I started with Marlins, tried an 1887, a stoeger coach double and finally bought a mismatched 97 and then a 12. My favorite is still my Marlin 24 [legal at my club’s monthly shoots] with the 97 trench 2nd.  8531F2F1-7529-453A-AAB2-47124718CBAF.jpeg.58993bb39c77fa432119e71545d583a9.jpeg

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