View Full Version : Winchester 1887 12 Gauge

December 26, 2007, 06:33 PM
I just picked up a Winchester 1887 12 gauge lever action. The lever drops about a 1/4 inch down and won't stay in battery. Anyone know the problem and the fix? The rest of the gun is in good shape.


David Berkowitz
December 27, 2007, 12:15 AM
The 87 is experiencing a resurgence in popularity for Cowboy Action Shooting. Congratulations on a good find.
This may not be proper procedure, and if not, I do apologize.
If you don't get a response here, try posting your question at www.sassnet.com. This is the website for Cowboy shooters.
Here's the rub. I think you will get more responses there, but I think you will get better responses here.
The thing is, you only need one good one, no matter where it comes from.
Good luck.

December 27, 2007, 01:11 AM
I've got an original 87 but never had any problems with it. I don't remember anybody on the SASS Wire talking about that kind of problem but there's some pretty knowledgable folks over there on the old guns. BTW assuming it's an original it's chambered for 2 1/2 inch bp shells not 2 3/4 smokeless. The Norincos are chambered for 2 3/4 smokeless.