It was one heck of a strong action. Never heard the 06 chambering story, but could be. What is forgotten, is the 97 went from early on, into the stronger steel and heat treating methods in the later ones. LIke the 1892s, I would have no qualms converting a late 92 into a 357 lets say, but would be a bit cautious on the early ones.\
Ackley was a heck of a guy. Kind of a hero too me , never took any ones word for much, till he proved things himself. Thus, he found out a lot of guys are simply full of mierda. Especially the gun writers.
Two things that have never and will never be successful... the "war" on poverty, and gun control laws.
Not obsolete! Marlin did that under advice from lawyers to reduce liabilities for older shotguns. The Model 43 was made into the 1930s of high quality steel, not Damascus. I have one these which I used for years and now my middle son has it. I would avoid magnum steel loads but this is a great SG for upland birds and clays. The patent dates begin in the early 20th century but continue on later.
I used a Model 1897 Winchester Black Diamond SG for goose/duck on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the early 70s. It was a weaker design than the later hammerless Marlins but digested the #2 magnums without a problem (other than recoil!). I replaced it with a late 30's Steven 520 Ranger and then with a Remington 1100.
I used an 1898 Marlin and later a 97 Winchester (DOM 1910) for Cowboy shooting. SASS outlawed the Marlins after Marlin issued that warning.
I'm not as good as I once was but I'm better ONCE than I ever was.
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