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by Shrapnel
Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: You guys with Winchester 76s ...
Replies: 14
Views: 530

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: 401

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: 456

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: 287

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: 481

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: 481

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: 481

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: 508

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: 481

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: 481

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: 508

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: 481

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: 508

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: 481

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: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

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

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by Shrapnel
Mon Mar 11, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

I also found a die made by Neal Waltz that can put a hollow point in the 22 long bullet. It is hard enough to find 22 lons, but you can't find any that have hollow points. This tool is finely machined and it is made to put an adjustable depth to the hollow point and it also has a top punch that you ...
by Shrapnel
Mon Mar 11, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

I upgraded this nice old gun with a Lyman tang peep and a rare Sheard front sight. The gophers are in trouble if it ever thaws out...

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by Shrapnel
Mon Feb 18, 2019 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Model 1886 in 40-65
Replies: 22
Views: 781

Re: Model 1886 in 40-65

The 40-65 is hard to beat. I have 2, both frontier marked guns. I have shot everything from rabbits to deer with them. One is marked W.F. Sheard from Livingston, Montana, the other is a single set trigger from 1887 sold from Browning Brothers in Ogden, U.T. The 40-65 is the cartridge to shoot in tho...
by Shrapnel
Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

Never had a '74 sidehammer....never could find one like yours that fit my criteria....decent, solid, good to excellent bore, original...finish is not important as there's probably not 500 '74's with 50% or more condition left........ones I found were either worn and loose junk with sewer pipes or $...
by Shrapnel
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

Sure Shrapnel.....hey....your in the vicinity of MVA. Those guys make one hell of a scope...the blocks that fit into the dovetails are color casehardened...but you probably know that. ....those guys are probably buddies of yours as Montanans stick together, unlike us eastern guys. We all make mista...
by Shrapnel
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

Could be a tough one to scope and miss the various Sheard and caliber rollstamps. Need one back by the action, and another 7.2" forward. Quite likely one of the two would damage the stamps. That was a good find for a regular gunshow...half rd/oct are hard to find in any model. You can scope them wi...
by Shrapnel
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

Scruffy49 wrote:
Mon Feb 04, 2019 1:26 pm
Very nice find. Like a bigger better made Stevens 44... my M44 drives tacks at 115 feet with a $7 Walmart Tasco on it.We supposedly have the correct scope around here somewhere.
That would be a great idea. I would like to find a vintage scope for that rifle...
by Shrapnel
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Re: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

I have several other Sheard marked guns; 1876 Winchester 45-75, 1886 Winchester 40-65 and a Marlin 1889 44-40...

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by Shrapnel
Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long
Replies: 40
Views: 1263

Gun Show Find Winchester Low Wall 22 Long

The Livingston gun show is this weekend, I went early Friday with a couple friends and when I got there, I was told about a Winchester low wall that was stamped "W.F. Sheard, Livingston, Montana." I looked at it and it is an original half round half octagon in 22 Long. Not many of those around and t...
by Shrapnel
Wed Dec 12, 2018 8:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: January 2019 Rifle Magazine
Replies: 10
Views: 663

Re: January 2019 Rifle Magazine

I get a bit bugged by the rehashes, but then I do consider that there are youngsters out there for whom it all new. My only problem is when they get it wrong. Seems some of the "younger" scribes fail to read what the older folks have already learned. Rehashes beat the hell out of stories on the 6.5...
by Shrapnel
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sharps Display At The Local Museum
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: Sharps Display At The Local Museum

Very nice display! And wonderful historic Sharps rifles! Was Walter Cooper a gun dealer, gunsmith, or what was his business in Bozeman area? I do monthly displays at our collector gun show here, and it's a lot of work, but fun to talk with people and explain these old single shot rifles, and their ...
by Shrapnel
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sharps Display At The Local Museum
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Re: Sharps Display At The Local Museum

Kirk, you are lucky to have a fine local museum, and the museum is lucky to have you as a patron. It's sure nice to see those Sharps bottleneck cartridges with appropriate paper-patched bullets. I have had rolling blocks in .40-70 Sharps Straight, and one in .40-70 SBN built for me by John King, bu...
by Shrapnel
Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sharps Display At The Local Museum
Replies: 11
Views: 522

Sharps Display At The Local Museum

The local museum in Bozeman has built a display around Walter Cooper and some of his contributions to the founding and building of Bozeman, Montana Territory. The museum graciously designed the display with some of the items I have collected over the years, significant to Bozeman and it's earlier ye...
by Shrapnel
Wed Nov 28, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: One More For The 1877
Replies: 12
Views: 673

One More For The 1877

It is nice to shoot big animals, but that isn't always the quest. I waited 5 years to get this rifle and now that I got it, I have used it on several animals this fall. Today was a small 4 point mule deer buck. I spotted it and several other does feeding in an open field, then moving into the sage h...
by Shrapnel
Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Montana Antelope With A 1877 Sharps
Replies: 20
Views: 1051

Re: Montana Antelope With A 1877 Sharps

Wow, that is a really nice buck you got. :D Now I would like to know more about that very fine rifle, such as caliber and barrel size. Did you use BP or smokeless? Shasta It is the latest rifle introduced by Shiloh Rifle Company in Big Timber, Montana. It is a model 1877 in 45-70 with the tradition...
by Shrapnel
Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Montana Antelope With A 1877 Sharps
Replies: 20
Views: 1051

Montana Antelope With A 1877 Sharps

Hunting is as much about the gun as it is the animal you are hunting. I ordered this 1877 five years ago from Shiloh Rifles in Big Timber, Montana. It took awhile, but they finished an exceptional rifle and anything you get from them is nothing less than a custom rifle. Sure, it isn't easy packing a...
by Shrapnel
Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Latest Lever 1877 Shiloh Sharps
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Re: Latest Lever 1877 Shiloh Sharps

It is 45-70, I took it out in the snow and cold and sighted it in on rocks and such. I got it to Minute of Antelope, now I go hunting with it...
by Shrapnel
Wed Oct 10, 2018 1:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Latest Lever 1877 Shiloh Sharps
Replies: 16
Views: 881

Latest Lever 1877 Shiloh Sharps

After a 5 year wait, I got this beauty yesterday... http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/rifles/DSCN5284.jpg http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/rifles/DSCN5285.jpg http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/rifles/DSCN5286.jpg http://i235.photo...
by Shrapnel
Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .25-35
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: .25-35

I load 24 grains of IMR 3031 and it works well.

This is the 25-35 I now have, it is a takedown rifle...

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by Shrapnel
Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: .25-35
Replies: 18
Views: 1189

Re: .25-35

I have shot everything from grizzly bears to antelope with a 25-35. I have never seen where the Hornady 117 grain round nose wasn't sufficient... http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/Antelope/104_0029.jpg http://i235.photobucket.com/albums/ee202/bridgershooters/Antelope/104_0031....
by Shrapnel
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: M1 Garand (camp fire)
Replies: 3786
Views: 61029

Re: CMP--Garand

Thanks fellars, i don`t have the money now so will keep a eye out for a deal or maybe a trade at a gun shop. :) Waiting is for the young. Get it now and enjoy it before it is too late. I have had several over the years and kept a good one that I have killed everything from gophers to elk with it. Y...
by Shrapnel
Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

Being talented is one thing, timing, having a story and a potential audience is more important. We were able to find the last 3 ingredients to get this project accomplished. I haven’t seen the finished product and I am a bit concerned with how they will show it...
by Shrapnel
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

Just curious, will this cover his entire life, his military career, or just his last acts? Sadly everything I've seen and read tears apart one poor decision, but ignores the things he did right to become America's youngest general during the Civil War. This is not specifically about Custer but what...
by Shrapnel
Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

piller wrote:
Sat Sep 22, 2018 12:35 pm
I am working on Friday evening and have set my DVR to record it.
It is on at 8:00 AM Eastern Standard time...
by Shrapnel
Fri Sep 21, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ernest Thompson Seton
Replies: 19
Views: 955

Re: Ernest Thompson Seton

Shrapnel, I surely did not intend to pick any fights over this stuff. It seems we both have a reverence for history, and there always seem to be two sides to it, if not many more. I have had a copy of Custer's "My Life on the Plains" on my shelf for some years. I expect I had better read it. There ...
by Shrapnel
Fri Sep 21, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ernest Thompson Seton
Replies: 19
Views: 955

Re: Ernest Thompson Seton

I certainly never called Custer a jackass. Who did? I did say he served as the symbol of the hubris of federal policy toward Native Americans in the 19th century. As to Cody's comments, he made them during a dinner with Seton in Washington on Dec. 15, 1915. Cody at that time had the wisdom of his y...
by Shrapnel
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

I watched an interesting piece on Custer a while back that suggested that not only did the Indians have the advantage in number, but they were also better armed than Custer's cavalry. Custer's troops had Army issued single shot rifles and many of the Indians had repeating rifles. The cavalry couldn...
by Shrapnel
Fri Sep 21, 2018 7:09 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

Blaine, When did Custer outrun his supply train? What were Custer’s orders from General Terry? When did Custer first see Indians? When did the Indians first see Custer? Where were they when these sightings happened? Why did Reno follow Indians to the Little Bighorn river? Where did Reno go with his ...
by Shrapnel
Thu Sep 20, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

Custer outran his supply train in unfamiliar territory and, against a foe about which he had virtually no intelligence, divided his forces. What happened is what could be fully expected to happen. Forget about which side was the good guys and which side was the bad guys. He was an arrogant jackass ...
by Shrapnel
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ernest Thompson Seton
Replies: 19
Views: 955

Re: Ernest Thompson Seton

Read the book. Draw your own conclusions. Custer certainly treated the Indians with tender solicitude at the Washita. My issue is not with you it is with people that comment with little or no knowledge then make a statement like “Custer was a jackass.” Seton making the claim, as reported by you “Cu...
by Shrapnel
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ernest Thompson Seton
Replies: 19
Views: 955

Re: Ernest Thompson Seton

Funny he should mention Cody being such and advocate for the poor Native Americans as Cody himself tried to join the Army after the Custer Battle and fight and kill those noble savages. For someone of such note to name Custer as such a villain in regards to the American Indian, it was Custer that te...
by Shrapnel
Tue Sep 18, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

I'm looking forward to anything that can shed new light on what happened at the Little Big Horn. Like so many American boys, I was raised with the conventional "comic-book history" view that Custer was the hero and the Indians the villains. I have since come to share Ernest Thompson Seton's view th...
by Shrapnel
Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

well, from from i have been reading from different sources, was that the ammo that custer was using was copper cased instead of brass. they were having trouble getting the empties to eject from being stuck in the the throat from expansion. We forget that Custer was armed with the latest in firearms...
by Shrapnel
Sun Sep 16, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Re: Custer Documentary On History Channel

It will be called: Custer, The Final Mystery and aired at 8:00 AM Eastern time, September 28 on History Channel...
by Shrapnel
Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Custer Documentary On History Channel
Replies: 34
Views: 1596

Custer Documentary On History Channel

It has been decades of interest and a few years of work to get this story told. Craig Fellows and I have been chasing small threads of information for over 40 years just out of personal interest. It was only the last 10 years or so that Craig decided to step it up to the next level. What has always ...