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by KirkD
Thu May 10, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Good ole' Gamekeeper.
Replies: 11
Views: 547

Re: Good ole' Gamekeeper.

Off topic......The English make some of the world's most durable but ugly military weapons but their double barreled shotguns are unsurpassed in any category...that's a nice looking double Nath!---6 For sure. Maybe we should see if we could do a Purdy “group buy” for members of the forum, providing...
by KirkD
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Spent a couple hours with Sixgun today.
Replies: 27
Views: 727

Re: Spent a couple hours with Sixgun today.

Someday, I hope to pay a visit to Sixgun. Of course, I'd let him know ahead of time so he didn't see this disreputable fellow coming down the driveway and I ended up trying to dodge through a hailstorm of cast bullets. I think one of my nephews lives at your end of the state, Sixgun. If I ever pay h...
by KirkD
Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Got something to say
Replies: 33
Views: 1165

Re: Got something to say

Well Pitchy, yours and my beliefs are probably pretty similar, but even if they weren't, you would not offend me. In fact, I can't think of anyone on this board that would offend me. I might not agree with everyone, but I don't get offended. I must say, Pitchy, that you are one of the most interesti...
by KirkD
Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How do ya like me now Todd
Replies: 28
Views: 1141

Re: How do ya like me now Todd

I'm starting to wonder if spring is coming this year. Just checked the forecast and it has rain or snow every day for the foreseeable future (i.e., for the next week at least), with temperatures way below normal and rising and falling around the freezing mark.
by KirkD
Wed Mar 28, 2018 9:12 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Crystal and tube radio`s
Replies: 131
Views: 3904

Re: Crystal radio`s

This is one of the most fascinating threads I've seen in a long time.
by KirkD
Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Flint knapping first try
Replies: 41
Views: 1070

Re: Flint knapping first try

Nice work on your glass knapping, Pitchy. Keep us posted on how it goes. I tried it as a kid, but it always broke on me.
by KirkD
Mon Feb 26, 2018 8:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayers please
Replies: 77
Views: 1936

Re: Prayers please

Glad to hear it is something that can be fixed up with antibiotics. That is a relief!
by KirkD
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL
Replies: 20
Views: 673

Re: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL

Paladin, PM sent.
by KirkD
Sun Feb 25, 2018 8:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL
Replies: 20
Views: 673

Re: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL

Kirk, for your family I would be willing to part with an Old 1895 I got in 1984 on a trade for machinegun parts. Paladin, I just saw this. That is the perfect 1895 in my mind, especially with the Ballard rifling. Thank you for your offer. I'll send you a PM when I get back home from church. I teach...
by KirkD
Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL
Replies: 20
Views: 673

Re: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL

Thanks for all the input men. I sure appreciate it. .45Colt, I had one of those Marlin CL 32-20 on order as soon as I saw they were going to produce one way back in the late 80's. I waited up here in Canada for a year and finally cancelled my order, with regret. It seems like it has turned out to be...
by KirkD
Thu Feb 22, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL
Replies: 20
Views: 673

Re: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL

Thanks for the feedback thus far, men. Much appreciated.
by KirkD
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Prayers please
Replies: 77
Views: 1936

Re: Prayers please

Just saw this, Pitchy. I'm praying for sure bro.
by KirkD
Thu Feb 22, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL
Replies: 20
Views: 673

Need input on the new Marlin 1895 SBL

One of my boys really likes the Marlin 1895 SBL 45-70 and asked me if it is a good rifle. I love the old Marlins, but I heard there were serious quality control issues more recently. Have these issues been resolved? If my son buys this, is he going to buy a good quality Marlin 45-70? To clarify, it ...
by KirkD
Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)
Replies: 29
Views: 1065

Re: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)

I wonder if that copper front sight blade was fashioned from a US Indian Head penny...... :?: I was wondering something similar myself. The length of the blade makes it too long for a standard sized penny, but this Winchester is a Canadian one, and we used "Large Cents" up until 1920 (see http://ww...
by KirkD
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)
Replies: 29
Views: 1065

Re: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)

Carlsen Highway wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:20 am
Deeply impressed with both of those. The deluxe version - I have never seen a period 1894 rifle of such class.
I think what does it for me is the straight grip. The deluxe pistol grips are nice, but for me there is something extra fine about the straight grip in fancy wood with checkering.
by KirkD
Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Guess it runs in your blood
Replies: 39
Views: 1556

Re: Guess it runs in your blood

Great old photos Pitchy!!
by KirkD
Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)
Replies: 29
Views: 1065

Re: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)

I've had a couple 98% 38-55's but sold them because they just didn't seem to have much history to them. These, I like because they've done some work. Now to hunt down a nice 38-40.
by KirkD
Fri Feb 09, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)
Replies: 29
Views: 1065

Re: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)

Glad you fellows are enjoying these old vintage rifles. I would not want to be without a 38-55.
by KirkD
Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)
Replies: 29
Views: 1065

Picked up two 'new' 38-55's (photos)

Over the past month or so, I've picked up two vintage 38-55's. I bought both of these for the purpose of shooting and hunting, so did not want a high-condition rifle. I've not had these two to the range yet, and plan to wait until it warms up a bit. The first is full octagon Model 1894 in a solid 80...
by KirkD
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Nichols Stallion 45
Replies: 26
Views: 1268

Re: The Nichols Stallion 45

Some very nice cap guns here .... nicer than anything I saw or heard of when I was a kid. We had cap guns, but not as nice as these Nichols kind.
by KirkD
Sun Dec 10, 2017 8:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Dog thingy ( bone added )
Replies: 15
Views: 588

Re: Dog thingy ( bone added )

Nice work, Pitchy. To get everything to work like that is not easy at all, at least for me. It wouldn't surprise me, though, if you whipped that up in a day or so. It would probably take me a week.
by KirkD
Tue Oct 17, 2017 9:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Made a couple wheelbarrows
Replies: 22
Views: 687

Re: Made a couple wheelbarrows

By gum, that big wheelbarrow with the spoked wheel is a nice one! (The little one is even nicer, but is a bit small for my backyard work :D )
by KirkD
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:30 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Rem. 81- 35 range report
Replies: 11
Views: 378

Re: Rem. 81- 35 range report

I enjoyed that video. That is a beaut of a classic rifle. I know what you are saying about that front sight being hard to see at our age.
by KirkD
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Cheers Pards
Replies: 22
Views: 729

Re: Cheers Pards

Cheers, Pitchy. We are spending a quiet evening tonight. I'm chowing down on some pasta and meat sauce, and then it is time to put my feet up. Spent the day on a couple different carpentry jobs. Hope your evening is pleasant and you get a good sound sleep tonight.
by KirkD
Sat Oct 07, 2017 6:39 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Pitchy's the best!
Replies: 24
Views: 578

Re: Pitchy's the best!

Very nice work! Pitchy is a good man, and very talented.
by KirkD
Fri Sep 15, 2017 7:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bear Spray versus Firearms
Replies: 18
Views: 787

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: 1323

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: 1323

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: 1323

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: 538

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: 543

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: 1323

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: 1323

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: 1323

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: 1159

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: 1323

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: 775

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: 361

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: 361

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: 981

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: 1743

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: 929

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: 1188

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: 800

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: 1825

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: 800

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: 1188

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: 1188

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: 1188

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: 1188

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...