This was an improved variation of the G-series. It featured two action screws and an enlarged recoil Lug with a slightly heavier barrel available in 22-26 inch lengths. Otherwise it was the same design as the original Whitetail.
The WHITE M97 Whitetail Hunter was re-engineered by Doc White
There were Two action screws on the new M97, instead of one like on the Whitetail. The recoil lug was different , too, a big square piece of steel with the front stock screw fitting into it. The rear stock screw fitted a round lug at the rear of the action. Both were firmly welded on. All other parts were inter-changable with the older Whitetail with the exception of the barrel channel in the stock.
There was a slightly heavier straight taper 22 inch barrel for better balance and accuracy. It was also available in up to 26 inch length with two ramrod ferrules on special order
The M97 used the same magnificent slip- fit and saboted bullets as the older White rifles. Also accurate with competing sabots and bullets.
Tolerated up to 150 grains equivalent of Pyrodex (P is preferred) or 150 grains of Triple 777, or other reproduction powder, or three 50 grain pellets when shooting sabots.
The M97 sported a seven groove barrel with truncated rifling designed by Doc and produced by Criterion for superior accuracy, slick-quick loading and numerous shots without cleaning. Calibers were .451 and .504
New fiber-optic sights by Marble with two green dots at the rear and a single red dot at the front for unparalleled visibility.
The M97’s action is ergonomic with weak hand operation of cocking lever (you keep the strong hand trigger finger near the trigger that way), two safeties, one on the cocking lever and another on the trigger, fully adjustable trigger, drilled and tapped for peep or scope, unique one piece nipple-breechplug for #11 caps with flash distance so short that you don’t need musket caps, (although one was available) or shotgun primers, (although a conversion kit was available), Doc-designed stock in a handsome smoke-gray laminate or B&C fiber-composite. Action parts were interchangeable with the older G-Series White action parts.
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