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by Shrapnel
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Old Sharps From Cody Gun Show
Replies: 10
Views: 564

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: 1530

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: 499

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: 499

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: 499

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: 523

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: 523

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: 629

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: 629

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: 629

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: 401

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: 788

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: 788

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: 788

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: 788

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: 491

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: 491

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: 788

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: 491

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: 491

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: 671

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: 533

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: 604

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: 395

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: 614

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: 614

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: 614

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: 634

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: 614

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: 614

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: 634

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: 614

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: 634

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: 614

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: 1504

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: 1504

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: 1504

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: 965

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: 1504

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: 1504

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: 1504

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: 1504

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: 1504

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: 1504

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: 741

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: 616

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: 616

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: 616

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: 791

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: 1176

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...