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Thread: Tell me about your Freedom Arms Model 97

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    Tell me about your Freedom Arms Model 97

    Considering a Freedom Arms Model 97 in 44 Special and would like to hear from those of you who own such. I would most likely go with a 5.5" barrel and the ivory micarta grips. It would be for woods bumming and hunting.

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    I have one that I sent back FA to have barrel shortened as much they would do and still retain the ejector housing. Also got the butt rounded and a trigger job. Sad to say that it has spent most of its decade plus life as a safe queen, but it probably has digested at least 500 cast boolits rounds over the years. Quality is top notch. Also have one in 45 Colt/45acp. I was still working when I bought both and buying guns was my #1 stress reliever.

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    I have a 4 1/4" .357 magnum
    Tolerances are crazy tight
    It is a thing of beauty
    Wanted one for many years and glad I got it
    Mine has the standard black grips
    I doubt you will regret it
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    Start perusing GB and GA for a used safe queen with the caliber and barrel length dsired. Grips and round butt can be done late but barrel shortening and cylinder changes come at a premium.

    I have two 83s in 454/45ACP and a 475. They are a production semi custom and the tolerances fit and finish are nice.

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    I'm thinking about a 97 as well, 5.5 inch and either .357 or .327.

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    MtnGunner- there is a good deal on GA for a 5.5" 357. Listed as new old stock.

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    Tell me about your Freedom Arms Model 97.

    Mine is not built yet, nor have I the money appropriated for one.

    Someday.
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    I am a sovereign individual, accountable
    only to God and my own conscience.

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    Lower left gun is a 5 1/2" M97 .44 Special (Upper Right is 6" m83 .475 Linebaugh



    25 Yd Group rested w/2x Leupold



    A couple of other loads at 25 yd group



    Two groups on right are with 180gr Horn XTP at 25 yds.



    So, there you have it mild to wild, light to heavy -- my M97 .44 special likes them all.

    Paul

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    Love this thread
    Beautiful guns
    "Had his shooting been as good as his running, he might have given a better account of himself."
    James. C. Henderson

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    Some more

    M97 3 1/2" Round Butt .45 Colt (now wears 45 ACP aux cyl pretty much exclusively)



    M97 4 1/4" Oct Bbl .45 Colt



    M97 5 1/2" Oct BBl .357 Mag (Also have it's twin in 22/22 Mag)




    The all shoot great and I personally like the size and grip (some folks can't get along with either).

    Paul

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    I should sell a pickup truck or a tractor and get me one of those. Do they make a blued 41 magnum?

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    I bought a M97 4 1/4" .44 Special some years ago on GB with fluted cylinder, black grips, and the factory action job due to the packin' pistol appeal. I have carried it in a strongside black Threepersons holster on a 1 1/2" pants belt. The only load I've used so far is the H&G 503, sized .430, with 7.5gr Unique in Starline brass.

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    I wouldn't call it a love/hate relationship that I have with my M97 (45 Colt), but it has been strained at times.
    Mostly because it's a little bitty gun and it doesn't fit my big hands well. Every now and then I toy with selling it and having the 83 shortened and just using it as a .45 Colt. But then I fall back in love. lol



    Former cylindersmith.

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    Beautiful guns. The 4.25" sure looks like a great woods gun! Bet you can carry it all day.

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    Any of you hunt with your 4 1/4" FA? I sure like the looks of that barrel length.

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    Beautiful guns, you get what you pay for


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