Sorry if I gave you the wrong impression, but I actually prefer the original 1897. I have one made in the early 1900's that is my absolute favorite rimfire rifle. It has a straight stock with crescent buttplate, and a 26" octagon barrel. The mountie runs a close second. The 1897 commemorative I have is real nice, but I wish it had a straight stock and a full octagon barrel. It's not a shooter anyway. I'll keep the one NIB.I think I'll hold out for an 1897. I prefer them over the Mountie, but they'll probably be more $ as well. I definately don't want a Henry (nor a Win.). Sounds like you prefer the Mountie over the 1897 - care to elaborate a little...? Thanks.