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Offline hhughh

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87 question
« on: July 19, 2015, 05:35:19 pm »
If this has already been addressed I duly apologize. Looked at an 87 repro in a shop last week. The hammer spur looks tiny. Was there some reason or mechanical need for this?  Anyone know Browning's thoughts when designing?  Just curious.
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Re: 87 question
« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2015, 10:19:38 pm »
If you lever the gun you will notice the hammer goes down inside the receiver.  Not enough room in there for a larger hammer.

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Re: 87 question
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 01:34:43 am »
Thanks p'fogger. Didnt get to play with it enough to notice that.

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Re: 87 question
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2019, 11:02:27 am »
I love my 1887's.  I'm about as fast with them as I am with my SxS, but I'm not THAT fast with either.

I have an IAC worked over by Surly Dave, a Lassiter Chiappa, and have an Honest to God Winchester coming soon.



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Re: 87 question
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2019, 06:35:26 am »
So, what are the other 86 questions?  ;D

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Re: 87 question
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2019, 09:03:45 am »

Necromancers!!!  Necromancers!!!  Run fer yer lives .... NECROMANCERS!!!!!

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Re: 87 question
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2019, 01:05:22 pm »
IMHO, the M1887 Winchester was NOT one of John Mose's better designs. He did it mainly because Winchester insisted on a lever action shotgun. (He wanted to sell them the design for the pump action that became the M1893/97.)  That small hammer spur can be a real hazard if you are trying to cock/decock the hammer. Just have to be careful and get a good grip. I have an original which I had the chamber long-throated so I can use 2-3/4" modern shells without creating excess pressure (use Low-Noise, Low-recoil ONLY).  I also have one that has the Coyote Caps two-shot mod. Frankly, I don't like either when only two shells are permitted. Might just as well load a sxs double, which I do mostly. If the SASS rules were modified to allow the magazine to be loaded full under the clock, and then get to levering, it would be worth it. Just MHO!
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Re: 87 question
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2019, 06:39:13 pm »

Iffin you'd skip that complicated crank handle thingie, and switch to a nice Hammer Double, that little nubbiest thingie wouldn't matter hey hey hey  :D

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Re: 87 question
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2019, 05:43:52 pm »
 The small nubbin hammer design was probably chosen to cut down on discharge of the shotgun if dropped with a loaded chamber while sitting on 1/2 cock. If you have a round in the tube with it on 1/2 cock, the easiest way to go to full is to slightly lever the action & close it. Ready to shoot in an instant & works well even while wearing gloves.

I use my 87 for hunting as much as for cowboy. More style points when dropping varmints & carries up to 7 rounds.
Good workout carrying it, too  :D With finer sights would make a good slug shooter too. The large bead only works for me out to 50 yds.

BTW, NCOWS allows stoking magazines (on the clock) or not, your choice.


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