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by KirkD
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bear Spray versus Firearms
Replies: 18
Views: 510

Re: Bear Spray versus Firearms

Four things about using bear spray I have gathered from accounts and watching a video where it was used on a Grizzly: 1. Two hikers here in Canada were badly mauled by a Grizzly. While the bear was working over one of them, the other one emptied their entire can of bear spray into the bears face. Di...
by KirkD
Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 686

Re: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)

And the measurements are very similar. My very first 45-70 was a Marlin 1895 made back in the 80's when they were excellent rifles. I regret selling it now; it was a beautiful rifle in fit and finish, as well as accuracy. When the Browning 1886 SRC was announced, I sold my Marlin to acquire the fun...
by KirkD
Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 686

Re: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)

Old Savage, those are both beautiful 45-70's.
by KirkD
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 686

Re: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)

I drilled and tapped the Browning myself, taking great care to get it exactly centred. I must have lucked out because I didn't even need any shims to centre the tang sight. Original 1886's were already drilled and tapped for a tang sight.
by KirkD
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: More original 1886 eye candy
Replies: 9
Views: 388

Re: More original 1886 eye candy

A beauty! And with a special order length barrel as well. If I recall correctly, Starline makes 45-90 brass, if not Captech. I'll look forward to a range report when it works out to shoot that classic rifle. You are very fortunate to have the original, factory installed tang sight. Mine has a period...
by KirkD
Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fresh pictures.
Replies: 11
Views: 413

Re: Fresh pictures.

As usual, Nath, I enjoyed these photos. I think a big part of it is knowing that they were taken in England. There are details of plants and foliage, not to mention rabbit species, that are different an interesting.
by KirkD
Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 686

Re: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)

Correction Kirk.....my cans of 4198 may be burgundy and not brown as I posted. I cannot tell the difference between brown and any other color that's close to it.....yea, I'm blind in one eye and color blind in the other. :D ----6 I am pretty bad as well. My wife just rolls her eyes at my feeble gra...
by KirkD
Tue Sep 12, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 686

Re: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)

Very interesting. It sounds like there may have been significant water or moisture in the can to cause that degree of rust and corrosion. I still have two 1-pound red (dark Burgundy?) cans of IMR 4198, but it still smells fresh in there.
by KirkD
Tue Sep 12, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 686

Re: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)

Glad you gents enjoyed the report. What I found surprising is that the average velocities were the same for both the carbine and the longer-barrelled rifle. Sixgun: My original comparison of the old and new IMR 4198 was done with my 38-55. There was about a five minute gap between firing the two set...
by KirkD
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The fall has started.
Replies: 23
Views: 755

Re: The fall has started.

I enjoyed those photos, Nath. What do you use to host the photos you post?
by KirkD
Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)
Replies: 24
Views: 686

Range Report Two 45-70's (links to photos)

This has been an unusually busy summer and I've been away a lot, so there hasn't been much time spent at the range. I plan to rectify that before the snow flies. Today I brought my two 45-70's over to the range to try out some loads I made using some ancient IMR 4198 powder. I brought my chronograph...
by KirkD
Sat Aug 19, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1886 Winne, yea or nay
Replies: 13
Views: 483

Re: 1886 Winne, yea or nay

I would be sorely tempted to purchase it and send it off to Hunter Restorations for a complete rebuild, including CC and Octagon barrel in the caliber of choice, and extra fancy wood. Mind you, this would not be done for free, but the end result would be gorgeous. I had a beater rebuilt by Mike seve...
by KirkD
Sat Aug 19, 2017 12:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday KirkD.
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Happy Birthday KirkD.

BlaineG wrote:
Sat Aug 19, 2017 11:29 am
Happy Birthday, Kirk.....Post some pics after your trip, please. 8)
I'll try to remember to do that, Blaine. Hopefully, I'll have some good ones, including some Smallmouth caught on my new fly rod.
by KirkD
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Birthday KirkD.
Replies: 7
Views: 215

Re: Happy Birthday KirkD.

Thanks, guys! 63 years old now. I'm leaving tomorrow morning for two weeks at a remote location in the northern wilderness where there is little or no cellphone service, so I might be out of touch for a while. Looking forward to some time away from civilization, loon calls in the night, and Smallmou...
by KirkD
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .44-40 in the Bush
Replies: 15
Views: 773

Re: Winchester .44-40 in the Bush

Thank you for that report. I especially enjoyed the photos .... makes it easier to imagine what it is like.
by KirkD
Tue Aug 01, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A public thank you to sixgun
Replies: 35
Views: 1194

Re: A public thank you to sixgun

I have to give a tip of the hat to Sixgun as well. He helped me acquire a nice antique sixgun a while back for another friend of mine. Again, Sixgun, a big thank you.
by KirkD
Tue Jul 11, 2017 9:51 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Recent photos.
Replies: 15
Views: 695

Re: Recent photos.

I like your hi-tech method of adjusting the elevation on your shotgun!! :D
by KirkD
Sun Jun 25, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)
Replies: 19
Views: 928

Re: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)

KirkD......(or others)... Do you find any shorter brass life using the Lee FCD on the notoriously thin-walked 32-20 cases than when you use other types of crimp...? I crimp the brass onto the forward driving band of the cast bullet, so there is much less reduction in brass neck diameter than when i...
by KirkD
Fri Jun 23, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Farthest sniper kill
Replies: 11
Views: 598

Re: Farthest sniper kill

Here is another report from GunsAmerica. https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/canadi ... is-forces/
by KirkD
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: First 30-30 mold
Replies: 27
Views: 1416

Re: First 30-30 mold

Fortunately with Accurate you can get the size you need based on the alloy you use. I've become a big fan of Accurate Moulds for that reason. I've ordered all mine in brass and prefer that over aluminum or steel .... it just seems easier to me to keep the mould at the proper temperature, and I don'...
by KirkD
Fri Jun 23, 2017 8:19 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Farthest sniper kill
Replies: 11
Views: 598

Re: Farthest sniper kill

I would hate to be a Woodchuck on his property.
by KirkD
Thu Jun 22, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)
Replies: 19
Views: 928

Re: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)

Kirk, I had several loads with 5744 that gave good accuracy. The load I really like for my old rifle (1917)is a 100 grain XTP over 11 grains of 5744. I am hoping to take a deer with that load, maybe this year. 11 grains should move that XTP bullet along at a good enough clip to put a deer in the fr...
by KirkD
Wed Jun 21, 2017 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)
Replies: 19
Views: 928

Re: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)

Thanks, GunnyMack. I was very fortunate to come across this one in a gun store that had just bought it from an elderly gent and wanted to move it.
by KirkD
Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)
Replies: 19
Views: 928

Re: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)

Thanks, men. JerryB, I forgot what load you settled on for your 92. M. M. Wright, I'll be interested to hear how it does in your rifle.
by KirkD
Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)
Replies: 19
Views: 928

Finally settled on my 32-20 load (photos)

I have been trying a wide variety of powders and loads over the past couple years, to see which gave me the best accuracy with my Accurate Moulds 312112M plain base, cast bullet. Note: if you order this mould, crimping in the groove means that you will be levering the bullet into the lands, which pu...
by KirkD
Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Went fishing in the hills today.
Replies: 19
Views: 838

Re: Went fishing in the hills today.

Looks like a beautiful place to fish. I'm a bit envious. That lake sure looks like it must have fish in it.
by KirkD
Wed May 31, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40
Replies: 31
Views: 1611

Re: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40

In owning probably 20 of these rifles in both calibers over the years I have had two 44-40's that were tackdrivers like yours, You know, I don't think your that far from upstate Pa...McKean Cty. Rifle Club is only a few miles from Bradford, Pa. We have other people who regularly shoot at this club ...
by KirkD
Wed May 31, 2017 2:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40
Replies: 31
Views: 1611

Re: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40

Griff wrote:
Wed May 31, 2017 4:08 am
Well done Kirk. You've got all day to get that old gal out and post a target in this month's "Challenge".
Griff, I didn't know about this. I can't make it to the range until next week, so I'll have to keep an eye out for the next challenge.
by KirkD
Tue May 30, 2017 7:58 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40
Replies: 31
Views: 1611

Re: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40

Glad you men like how this old-timer shoots. Nath: I've not shot offhand with it yet - yesterday was just to try different loads and with my new tang sight. But, want to try this rifle at 200 yards resting on my shooting bag, and then it is offhand shooting, which is the real practice for hunting. T...
by KirkD
Mon May 29, 2017 9:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rolling ball clock
Replies: 14
Views: 849

Re: Rolling ball clock

That is a very impressive clock!!
by KirkD
Mon May 29, 2017 9:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40
Replies: 31
Views: 1611

Re: Range Report-114 year old Winchester 44-40

Old Savage wrote:
Mon May 29, 2017 8:42 pm
AJ, before you get too excited ... it is only 104 years old.

Great shooting there!
By gum, you are right. I can't even subtract!!! It is 104 years old. :oops:
by KirkD
Mon May 29, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayer Request Lung cancer
Replies: 69
Views: 2729

Re: Prayer Request Lung cancer

Whoa! Just heard about this!! I will surely be praying for your healing!
by KirkD
Mon May 29, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40
Replies: 31
Views: 1611

Range Report-104 year old Winchester 44-40

Gentlemen, several months ago I bought an original Winchester Model 1892 made in 1913, chambered in 44 W.C.F. (44-40) to use as a shooter and a hunter. My 62 year-old eyes need a tang sight, so I managed to find an original Lyman tang sight and it arrived today. I opened the box, installed it on my ...
by KirkD
Sat May 13, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Been a while but,
Replies: 18
Views: 1092

Re: Been a while but,

Nath, I am very sorry to hear about your job. I sure something even better comes along. I enjoyed those photos. You sure have big Red Foxes over there. All the Red Foxes I ever see around here are only about 2/3rds the size.
by KirkD
Sat May 13, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My 76 Win.
Replies: 9
Views: 741

Re: My 76 Win.

That is a beauty. I've been tempted a number of times to get a modern reproduction '76 chambered in 45-60.
by KirkD
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:06 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who in the heck ordered this
Replies: 27
Views: 1511

Re: Who in the heck ordered this

By gum! I hope you're not sending that weather our way, Pitchy!
by KirkD
Mon Feb 13, 2017 8:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got a 'new' well-used Winchester 1892 44-40 (photos)
Replies: 31
Views: 989

Re: Got a 'new' well-used Winchester 1892 44-40 (photos)

Thanks, men, and I'm glad you enjoyed the '92 and what it can do.
by KirkD
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got a 'new' well-used Winchester 1892 44-40 (photos)
Replies: 31
Views: 989

Got a 'new' well-used Winchester 1892 44-40 (photos)

A couple weeks back, I acquired a well-used, but nice-looking Winchester 1892 44-40 made in 1913. This past week I got to the range to try it out. I don't have a tang peep sight for it yet, so I had a hard time seeing the sights, but I am very pleased with its accuracy even when half blind. My first...
by KirkD
Fri Feb 10, 2017 9:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New home built steam engine.
Replies: 19
Views: 482

Re: New home built steam engine.

Pitchy, the stuff you have made is absolutely amazing. You have serious, major talent.
by KirkD
Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sand operated acrobtic
Replies: 14
Views: 536

Re: Sand operated acrobtic

Nice dance by Charlie!
by KirkD
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winter layup tug boat run.
Replies: 14
Views: 608

Re: Winter layup tug boat run.

I agree. I really like the sound of that engine.
by KirkD
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sand operated acrobtic
Replies: 14
Views: 536

Re: Sand operated acrobtic

I watched the video that shows the acrobat from the front first and was wondering how the world it did that. Then I saw what you had built on the back. Ingenious!
by KirkD
Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Glenfield 30 30 in the news.....homeowner ends home invasion
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: Glenfield 30 30 in the news.....homeowner ends home inva

A 30-30 round in the backside is not my idea of a good time.
by KirkD
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mike Venturino
Replies: 47
Views: 3022

Re: Mike Venturino

Glad to hear he's on the road to recovery! I own three of his books. The lever guns book is just about worn out and the Six guns book is starting to fall apart it's been read so many times. I also have the Buffalo Guns book. Every one of them is well worth getting. Shrapnel, I'll have to remember th...
by KirkD
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 38-55 Saddle Ring Carbine
Replies: 23
Views: 784

Re: 38-55 Saddle Ring Carbine

By gum, I live in Canada too. If you don't buy it, please let me know, as I would love to get an original 38-55 SRC.
by KirkD
Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sandy Andy sand machine. Sandy crane added
Replies: 34
Views: 884

Re: Sandy Andy sand machine. Sandy crane added

That is something else!! Congratulations on a very nice piece of equipment. There was no doubt in my mind that you would be able to get this going, even though it was very tricky. I've never seen a fellow like you, Pitchy, who can make just about anything you want. Too bad we didn't live closer, as ...
by KirkD
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: model 71win a 200yd deer rifle
Replies: 8
Views: 621

Re: model 71win a 200yd deer rifle

I regularly practice at 200 yards with my vintage Winchesters and tang sights. Calibers I shoot at 200 yards are 44-40, 38-55, 45-70, 30-30. Your 348 will easily be effective at 200 yards. Practice makes perfect ... resting, leaning against a tree, or offhand.
by KirkD
Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sandy Andy sand machine. Sandy crane added
Replies: 34
Views: 884

Re: Sandy Andy sand machine.

Pitchy, there is no doubt in my mind you will figure out the Sandy Andy crane. I'll look forward to seeing a video of it in action.
by KirkD
Sat Jan 21, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A special 1886
Replies: 40
Views: 1316

Re: A special 1886

That would be the crown jewel of most Winchester collections ... absolutely gorgeous, and in my favourite '86 caliber. My theory is that the rapid taper barrel was for situations where the rifle would be carried all day (i.e., some forms of hunting). If shooting targets, or hunting from a stand, the...