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by Shrapnel
Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anybody fire lap?
Replies: 28
Views: 658

Re: Anybody fire lap?

I have never seen anyone that fire laps hit more targets or kill more stuff than I have and never fire lapped. Getting all the copper removed from the bore isn’t as critical as many say it is either... What you say is trued. If you read my article covering the Model 94 30-30 on Leverguns.. I descri...
by Shrapnel
Sun Jan 19, 2020 9:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Anybody fire lap?
Replies: 28
Views: 658

Re: Anybody fire lap?

I have never seen anyone that fire laps hit more targets or kill more stuff than I have and never fire lapped. Getting all the copper removed from the bore isn’t as critical as many say it is either...
by Shrapnel
Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Well?!?! Who got something good?
Replies: 44
Views: 941

Re: Well?!?! Who got something good?

Gun Gods smiled twice on me...

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by Shrapnel
Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Latest Military Weapon
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Latest Military Weapon

I saw this on a re-run of "Peter Gunn" an old detective show from the 50's. I thought it was quite interesting to see just what the latest technology was during the Cold War...

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by Shrapnel
Sat Dec 21, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Montana...Wyoming....bound
Replies: 20
Views: 627

Re: Montana...Wyoming....bound

Cody is a must, I would recommend you time your trip through Cody the weekend of July 10-12. They have their annual WACA and Sharps gun show that weekend. You will be able to see, handle and even buy guns as nice as they have in the Cody museum. Once you are that close to the Custer Battlefield, you...
by Shrapnel
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Winchester 1886 SRC In 45-70
Replies: 20
Views: 669

Re: New Winchester 1886 SRC In 45-70

Guys those are both super SRCs. Mine says Browning on it but I'm still proud of it. Neither of them has any stories to tell except maybe about rats running around the warehouse. They've never been used! I'm guessing from he letter that one spent a couple of years in St. Louis, didn't sell so was re...
by Shrapnel
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lets'have a contest ...... everyone post a Christmas rifle story.
Replies: 17
Views: 576

Re: Lets'have a contest ...... everyone post a Christmas rifle story.

Christmas 1962 found me drawing what I wanted under the Christmas tree come Christmas morning. I remember drawing the best picture in the class of a Mattel Shootin' Shell rifle/pistol set. I wasn't disappointed, and all these years later, they are in my safe with a few of my other treasures... http:...
by Shrapnel
Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lets'have a contest ...... everyone post a Christmas rifle story.
Replies: 17
Views: 576

Re: Lets'have a contest ...... everyone post a Christmas rifle story.

Here are 2 Christmas presents to me just this past week...

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by Shrapnel
Tue Dec 17, 2019 11:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Winchester 1886 SRC In 45-70
Replies: 20
Views: 669

New Winchester 1886 SRC In 45-70

New in 1890 that is. I picked this up today, I had talked to a friend of mine a few months ago about an estate that this gun was in and had given up that I might get it. Today I got a text and all that changed... http://i.imgur.com/sVO1NVXl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/kOkth53l.jpg http://i.imgur.com/UkLt...
by Shrapnel
Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Introduced: Tesla Electric Pickup Truck
Replies: 45
Views: 1795

Re: Introduced: Tesla Electric Pickup Truck

The truck, if you can call it that, is about as close to being mainstream as the internal combustion powered vehicle is to being outdated. The advocates of this electric joke, show just how far removed from reality they are if they continue to embrace the electric technology that we currently have. ...
by Shrapnel
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cabelas Find: Marlin 1894 38-40 Takedown
Replies: 11
Views: 789

Re: Cabelas Find: Marlin 1894 38-40 Takedown

Bill in Oregon wrote:
Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:27 am
Love to see all that old Marlin casehardening still intact.

Can you believe someone thought it was a good idea to send it to Turnbull for restoration?
by Shrapnel
Wed Nov 27, 2019 8:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cabelas Find: Marlin 1894 38-40 Takedown
Replies: 11
Views: 789

Cabelas Find: Marlin 1894 38-40 Takedown

I was cruising the Cabelas Gun Library hoping to find a nice gun. I didn't have a wish list, just looking. The Cabelas in Maine had a real nice Colt first generation 38-40 with a 7 1/2 inch barrel. That is a rare configuration in a Colt first generation, but i already have one, so I kept looking in ...
by Shrapnel
Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another Mule Deer Buck With The Lever Action
Replies: 14
Views: 383

Another Mule Deer Buck With The Lever Action

This time my son shot his buck with his Montana Centennial 1886 in 45-70. I have been shooting one for years and it has been a favorite of his. He shot a nice deer with mine several years ago. This year we got him his own and he used it on this buck...

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by Shrapnel
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40
Replies: 30
Views: 696

Re: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

Any more details on the load and the rifle? Year of manufacture, any history? It was made in 1897. The 32-40 and 38-55 were the first chamberings in the model 1894 and they were loaded with black powder, the 25-35 and 30-30 came in 1895 as the first smokeless cartridges for th 1894. I took a pictur...
by Shrapnel
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40
Replies: 30
Views: 696

Mule Deer With An Original 1894 Takedown 32-40

Chasing these critters around with old guns and iron sights makes the hunt more worthwhile. I spent the morning spotting for deer and seeing a few. I did get within range of a nice 4 point, but he took off at the last second and went around a hill. I followed where he went, got distracted and had to...
by Shrapnel
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Sharps From Cody Gun Show
Replies: 10
Views: 627

Old Sharps From Cody Gun Show

I picked up a nice conversion at the Cody gun show. It is a 17 pounder, with a L.N. Mogg scope in 45-110 caliber. The bore is excellent and there is plenty of color/case still on the receiver and lever. I hope to be shooting it soon... http://i.imgur.com/TiwbTOv.jpg http://i.imgur.com/qJYA1xJ.jpg ht...
by Shrapnel
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Winchester Book On 1895 Lever Actions
Replies: 49
Views: 1801

New Winchester Book On 1895 Lever Actions

Once in awhile you get to assist in a publication of a book, This one is about a much overlooked lever action, the Winchester 1895. Rob Kassab and Brad Dunbar have been working on this book for over a decade. Every year at Cody, I would quiz them on their progress and finally this year it is finishe...
by Shrapnel
Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Display For The Next Gun Show
Replies: 17
Views: 569

Re: Colt Display For The Next Gun Show

Here is a link to a good video on the Colt side by side shotguns...

https://youtu.be/z4No0BmNp20
by Shrapnel
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Display For The Next Gun Show
Replies: 17
Views: 569

Re: Colt Display For The Next Gun Show

That's a very nice display Shrapnel. A question on the Colt shotgun. Do you know if Colt's actually manufactured those themselves or imported them from Europe. Winchester's double shotgun of the period was imported as I understand. If Colt's actually did make their double shotguns, I wonder about t...
by Shrapnel
Mon Jul 08, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Display For The Next Gun Show
Replies: 17
Views: 569

Colt Display For The Next Gun Show

I don't think people realize how many Colt long guns were made in different variations. Although some are quite rare, Colt certainly had an impact on the Frontier other than just pistols. Here is a display I built to show the Colt guns...

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by Shrapnel
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What You See When You Leave Early Morning To Shoot Prairie Dogs
Replies: 12
Views: 587

Re: What You See When You Leave Early Morning To Shoot Prairie Dogs

I had a whole other REM cycle to complete when you took that photo. And what was the cartridge of choice for this particular activity? What kind of average distance is a PD shoot in that part of the country? I took 6 rifles in 22 PPC 6mm PPC 222 Remington magnum 224 Weatherby Magnum 22-250 17 Remin...
by Shrapnel
Fri Jun 14, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What You See When You Leave Early Morning To Shoot Prairie Dogs
Replies: 12
Views: 587

What You See When You Leave Early Morning To Shoot Prairie Dogs

I left at 4:00 yesterday morning to go east and shoot prairie dogs. This is what all you guys missed while you were in bed...

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by Shrapnel
Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1877 Sharps Article Finished For "Rifle" Magazine
Replies: 13
Views: 734

Re: 1877 Sharps Article Finished For "Rifle" Magazine

Leverluver wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:39 pm
Are the pic of the pages creating an optical allusion or is the rifle sort of an 1877 saddle rifle?

This is the original photo, it is an 1877 rifle...

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by Shrapnel
Tue Jun 11, 2019 10:16 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1877 Sharps Article Finished For "Rifle" Magazine
Replies: 13
Views: 734

Re: 1877 Sharps Article Finished For "Rifle" Magazine

Here's the whole article available online. A great read! https://www.riflemagazine.com/magazine/PDF/R305%20Partial5.pdf There's also a great write up on color case hardening by Mike Venturino, featuring the work done by Al Springer. I've used Al for quite some time now, and it's nice to see his wor...
by Shrapnel
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1877 Sharps Article Finished For "Rifle" Magazine
Replies: 13
Views: 734

1877 Sharps Article Finished For "Rifle" Magazine

This project started over 5 years ago when I ordered my 1877 Sharps from Shiloh Rifles in Big Timber, Montana. What was expected to be a 15 month wait turned into 5 years. Finally this October, I got the rifle in time to use it for the hunting season. I was able to shoot turkey, antelope and a deer ...
by Shrapnel
Tue May 28, 2019 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Winchester Arms Collectors Association
Replies: 8
Views: 426

Re: The Winchester Arms Collectors Association

I am a WACA member and this coming July will be my 26th WACA Cody show in a row. Likely the single largest gathering of Winchesters under one roof at any one time. While a number of antique gun shows are good (like last weekend in Denver) Cody is dedicated to primarily Winchester. The shows proximi...
by Shrapnel
Tue May 28, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Burgess
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: Colt Burgess

that is an astounding and outstanding collection of burgess guns.....the most I have ever seen in one place ! and in amazing condition. what calibers are the large frame guns ? Actually, there is no large frame gun. They are both on the same sized action and converted for a larger cartridge. The se...
by Shrapnel
Fri May 24, 2019 9:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Burgess
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: Colt Burgess

awesome firearms...just amazing , as usual. re: the question about the Uberti Burgess.... I think it is a burgess in name only, internally it is not related to the original burgess firearms. I have an 1878 burgess in 45/70... a really cool old gun, the first successful 45/70 lever gun...works prett...
by Shrapnel
Thu May 23, 2019 11:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Burgess
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: Colt Burgess

Burgess was a very inventive gun designer …… he had lots of good ideas. His pump shotgun is one I think still could be very successful today. And the story of how it came to be adopted by New York State and Teddy Roosevelt is priceless! Wm P.S. https://www.forgottenweapons.com/burgess-folding-shotg...
by Shrapnel
Thu May 23, 2019 11:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Burgess
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Re: Colt Burgess

Was the sliding gate a method of getting around the Winchester (King's) patent? Just wondering. The sliding gate was a Burgess design, and is found on other makes of old Lever action rifles. The 1881 Marlin also used the Burgess sliding gate system to load. I believe the Whitney used it also, but n...
by Shrapnel
Thu May 23, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260
Replies: 16
Views: 557

Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

Griff wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 3:37 pm
WOW! Was by you on Tues... figured you'd be @ work, so didn't call! Next trip will bring' the Sharps!
I don’t work any more, retirement takes up all my time now...
by Shrapnel
Thu May 23, 2019 8:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260
Replies: 16
Views: 557

Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

Shrapnel, Congrats on your new find. I hope it shoots great and that you get to shoot some critters with it. If you do, please share the results! It's a beautiful and interesting rifle. I'm wondering if you have any speculation as to what caused the striations in the finish on the receiver. It is c...
by Shrapnel
Tue May 21, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt Burgess
Replies: 22
Views: 916

Colt Burgess

I did spend almost half of what I paid for my house this past weekend in Denver at the Colorado Collector's Gun Show. If you haven't been to one of these, you are missing the best show in America. Lots of older and interesting guns without a Glock or 6.5 Creedmoor in the lot of over 1300 tables. Thi...
by Shrapnel
Tue May 21, 2019 1:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260
Replies: 16
Views: 557

Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

Wish I'd have known you were there! We have tables there every year in the middle of row L by the rear restrooms up front. Had 6 or 7 Ballard rifles on the table for sale. We sold about 4 of them, and I bought a couple guns also. I looked at that large frame Colt pump and thought it was a very fine...
by Shrapnel
Mon May 20, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260
Replies: 16
Views: 557

Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

I went to Denver last weekend and it almost busted me. I had no idea what I was getting into. This could be the finest gun show in America. No black guns or Glocks, just good ol' blued steel and Walnut stocks. This is also a rare configuration in short rifle. I pictured it along side of a medium act...
by Shrapnel
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: You guys with Winchester 76s ...
Replies: 14
Views: 711

Re: You guys with Winchester 76s ...

I have a couple originals in 45-60 and 45-75. They have killed everything from deer, bear to prairie dogs...

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by Shrapnel
Wed Apr 10, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What do you store your leverguns in?
Replies: 16
Views: 571

Re: What do you store your leverguns in?

Mostly in a safe. I had them out for inventory and they filled up a room...

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by Shrapnel
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .44-40 LEVERGUNS
Replies: 14
Views: 652

Re: .44-40 LEVERGUNS

The 44-40 is a great round, but not as well recognized, but still my favorite is the 38-40. I have a bunch in all sorts of rifles, Marlin, Whitney Kennedy, Whitney Phoenix, Colt and Burgess and like them all... http://i.imgur.com/LOmL7v4h.jpg http://i.imgur.com/HpiZ9oKh.jpg http://i.imgur.com/EDo37O...
by Shrapnel
Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Planning trip to MT,WY. Need suggestions.
Replies: 16
Views: 478

Re: Planning trip to MT,WY. Need suggestions.

Nice. There's unlimited stuff to see and do for a thousand miles from Jackson in any direction. My only suggestion is to get out of Jackson. To me Jackson was badly crowded with pseudo-big shots in cowboy hats. :wink: I'm not big on going TO see things, I just love to drive and enjoy the country. R...
by Shrapnel
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1866 SRC
Replies: 29
Views: 686

Re: Winchester 1866 SRC

Shrapnel that picture of you shootings the rifle with that beautiful background sure does make me homesick. I have lived in Pa longer than I lived in Montana but for some reason always consider it home. That's Mikle Venturino's yard. We load stuff in his basement then step out the door and shoot at...
by Shrapnel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1866 SRC
Replies: 29
Views: 686

Re: Winchester 1866 SRC

Neato Shrapnel......what was the groove diameter?..... I read where they are smaller than 44-40's.....heel bullet or open base or did ya just get something in there that would shoot? A '66 and its original chambering is the only popular old cartridge I've never shot....you mind if I stop over after...
by Shrapnel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1866 SRC
Replies: 29
Views: 686

Re: Winchester 1866 SRC

I went over to Mike Venturino's house and we messed around with some brass, bullets and sizing dies and got it shooting...

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by Shrapnel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt lightning rifles - who’s a fan?
Replies: 26
Views: 709

Re: Colt lightning rifles - who’s a fan?

I've always wanted a small frame 22 Lightning but I was told by someone that they are more delicate / finicky that most other actions. Any opinions here from shooters? I have had a couple, but they just didn't fit what I like in the looks department and I never shot them. For a vintage 22, you can'...
by Shrapnel
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1866 SRC
Replies: 29
Views: 686

Re: Winchester 1866 SRC

I pulled the stock and the assembly numbers on the stock and frame match...

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by Shrapnel
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1866 SRC
Replies: 29
Views: 686

Re: Winchester 1866 SRC

Wasn't the 44 American the same physical size as the 44 RF only CF? I sincerely doubt it's a 44-40. Joe I am sure you must be close. I talked to Mike Venturino about it and he said he got one of Hank Williams guns shooting of the same era. It isn't 44-40, as I did try to run one through the magazin...
by Shrapnel
Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt lightning rifles - who’s a fan?
Replies: 26
Views: 709

Re: Colt lightning rifles - who’s a fan?

That’s a beautiful collection and thanks for sharing! What’s in the first photo? I showed my dad and he agrees it’s a great picture. These are some of my Saddle Ring Carbines. The first is a model 1892 38-40, next is a Whitney Kennedy 45-60, then another Whitney Kennedy in 44-40, a first model 1873...
by Shrapnel
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1866 SRC
Replies: 29
Views: 686

Re: Winchester 1866 SRC

That's a nice rifle...in my early days of collecting...early seventies.....66's, along with high condition 73's, 76's, and 86's were out of the scene...being sucked up into collections.......Like early single action Colts, there's a low survival rate of 66's Does it letter with the engraving? Any w...
by Shrapnel
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Colt lightning rifles - who’s a fan?
Replies: 26
Views: 709

Re: Colt lightning rifles - who’s a fan?

I have a few, 2 rifles and 2 cabines. They are all in excellent original condition and I shoot them quite a bit in CAS matches... http://i.imgur.com/HpiZ9oKl.jpg 44-40 SRC on rabbits http://i.imgur.com/hlpOWC3l.jpg 38-40 First Model and Colt Bisley in 38-40... http://i.imgur.com/Ve7qPrBl.jpg 44-40 F...
by Shrapnel
Thu Apr 04, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1866 SRC
Replies: 29
Views: 686

Winchester 1866 SRC

I have been chasing a few Winchesters around for several years and finally got one. He has some nice old stuff, but we haven't been able to complete a deal other than this 1866. It was made in 1885 and is in real good condition... http://i.imgur.com/ojaFHXN.jpg http://i.imgur.com/5oS5Lgs.jpg http://...
by Shrapnel
Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:29 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1629

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

I got it out for snow gophers and got it christened...

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