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whats it worth? model 97 16 ga. serial #360210?

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whats it worth? model 97 16 ga. serial #360210?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Firearms
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 years ago.
Good morning,

I assume that we are talking about a Winchester model 97 here....

Your gun was made in 1908. Current Blue Book value is listed below. Retail prices may be 20% higher. Please note the difference in value for 16 ga.

MODEL 1897 SLIDE ACTION
- 12 or 16 ga. (introduced 1900), improved Model 1893 action, 26-32 in. barrels, visible hammer, various chokes, takedown or solid frame, plain pistol grip stock. Over 1,024,700 mfg. between 1897-1957.


Grading100%98%95%90%80%70%60%50%40%30%20%10%
$1,000$825$650$550$500$400$300$250$225$200$175$150


Add 50% for 16 ga.


Early 16 ga. Model 1897s were chambered for 2 9/16 in. shotshells, and are not as valuable because of the 2 3/4 in. shell length currently manufactured. This model was marked "Model 1897" on the slide action rails until circa 1912 (approx. ser. no. 500,000). After approx. ser. no. 500,000, the marking was moved to the barrel and changed to Model 97. The Model 1897 was the first Winchester shotgun chambered for 2 3/4 in. smokeless ammunition. This model was also manufactured with a damascus barrel for a short period of time, and is rare.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
are there any simple guidelines for grading and gun is marked on slide rail 1897 so im assuming its chambered 2 9/16 I have several boxs of shells that i got with gun years ago just need to find them, will that help value???
Expert:  ProShooter replied 4 years ago.
Here is a simple grading scale:

New/Perfect - 100% condition with or without box. 100% on currently manufactured firearms assumes NIB (New In Box) condition and not sold previously at retail.

Mint – typically 98%-99% condition, depending on the age of the firearm. Probably sold previously at retail, and may have been shot occasionally.

Excellent - 95%+ - 98% condition (typically).

Very Good - 80% - 95% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Good - 60% - 80% condition (all parts/finish should be original).

Fair - 20% - 60% condition (all parts/finish may or may not be original, but must function properly and shoot).

Poor - under 20% condition (shooting not a factor).

Having a few boxes of shells would be a nice "add-on", but won't help much in the way of value. Once used, they're gone. They don't really add much.
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