Winchester 1887 Value?

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by Jimmy S, Mar 14, 2006.

  1. Jimmy S

    Jimmy S New Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Pacific NW
    Here is another gun (Model 1887 12ga.) that was given to me by my grandpa, his grandpa bought this gun brand new in 1889, s/n 206XX. Any idea of value would be appreciated even though I would never sell it.


    Last edited: Mar 14, 2006
  2. stash247

    stash247 New Member

    Oct 18, 2003
    Central Texas
    Insure it for $2 large, or more, and this is based on 8 y/o dated info. Terry

  3. polishshooter

    polishshooter Well-Known Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    You do NOT see that many 1887 WInchesters in that condition! I agree, it would be somewhere between $1000-2000, maybe more.

    If you shoot it, remember it was designed for BLACKPOWDER 12 guage loads, NOT unless you reload and know what you are doing, and can load up some BP "equivalent" loads, or can find some BP rounds, I don't think I would shoot it, even with modern low-brass factory target rounds...I know guys who shoot 1893s with modern low-brass stuff, but that would scare me, ESPECIALLY with a gun worth so much more than a 93...

    Ballistic Products sells BP rounds for it I think, that would be safe, and I think some Cowboy Action suppliers do too, though.

    And Oh yeah, the shotgun was John Browning's first repeating shotgun design, but it was not the first lever action, it was a contemporary to the Spencer lever shotgun, and a few others...Winchester put it on the market, even though Browning was never happy with it and kept on working on a repeating design, and in 1893 came out with the first commercially successful pump, the Winchester model 1893...which was redesigned for smokeless powder in 1897 so became the famous Winchester Model 1897, shotgun, arguably the BEST pump action shotgun ever :) :cool:

    (OK, I'll give you the Model 12, but that's ALL!!! :D )

    I don't remember how many 1887s were made (I have it in some book somewhere) but I believe not that many! Less than the number of 1893s made I think, and THEY were phased out a year or two after the "Improved" '97 came out! I THINK it was discontinued shortly after 1900...I'll have to check...

    But I just BET you it would be a GREAT shooter and fun to shoot...ALL of Brownings shotguns are, and I am partial to my inherited '97... :)
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2006
  4. Xracer

    Xracer *TFF Admin Staff Mediator*

    That's a really nice 1887, Jimmy.

    Here's what the Blue Book says:

    "95% - $2,700
    90% - $2,400
    80% - $2,000
    70% - $1,700
    60% - $1,200
    50% - $1,000

    Standard frame finish on this model was color case hardening. Premiums exist for original bright case color specimens."

    "Mfg. 1887-1901. Approx. 64,855 mfg."
  5. Jimmy S

    Jimmy S New Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Pacific NW
    Thanks guys-

    I'll dig out a few more as time goes on. I have a Marlin "Ballards Patent" 32 caliber single shot, set trigger, pretty nice gun that I would like to get appraised too.
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