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by trooper joe
Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:12 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1948 Marlin 336A, 30-30 with “JM” barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 950

Re: 1948 Marlin 336A, 30-30 with “JM” barrel

Repairs made on my 336A Lucked out and found a whole pack of 8-40 screw hole plugs brand new. The one in front of the ejector stud hole had to be ground down a little since it was interfering with the installation of the ejector. (Don’t drink two beers before trying to grind that little puppy down. ...
by trooper joe
Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1948 Marlin 336A, 30-30 with “JM” barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 950

1948 Marlin 336A, 30-30 with “JM” barrel

Just found this really nice Marlin 336A 30-30 made in 1948 which I believe was the first year for the 336 models. Has a 24” “JM” stamped barrel, and a waffle top (no screw holes). https://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/IMG_0953.jpg https://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/IMG_0954....
by trooper joe
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Stoeger/Uberti 45-70 rolling block rifle.
Replies: 2
Views: 298

Stoeger/Uberti 45-70 rolling block rifle.

Just picked up a NIB Uberti (Stoeger) 45-70 “Hunting rifle” rolling block. Looks like it was marketed in 2010 and was set aside by a former employee at my LGD. The employee passed away and the rifle appeared in his estate sale. It has never been fired and has the original box and papers. Saw it yest...
by trooper joe
Tue Nov 19, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Playing with the Colt 44 Spl.
Replies: 21
Views: 540

Re: Playing with the Colt 44 Spl.

I hear ya Pitchy. I went through a couple of years of a "doomed attitude" with the way things are in this country. The whole thing gets progressively worse......we finally get a President we have wished for for most of our lives and what happens? Nobody knows how long they are gonna live but I see ...
by trooper joe
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Browning Model 53, 32-20
Replies: 20
Views: 797

Re: Browning Model 53, 32-20

I've never seen one of these. Were they made in any other calibers ? They were only made in 32-20. They were copies of the Winchester 53's that were made in the "dash" caliber chamberings (25-20, 32-20, 44-40, not sure about the 38-40). A Winchester 53 in 32-20 in fair condition is usually listed f...
by trooper joe
Sun Nov 17, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Browning Model 53, 32-20
Replies: 20
Views: 797

Browning Model 53, 32-20

Just picked up a like new Browning Model 53 in 32-20. Gun looks like it has never been fired. Dealer knocked off $200 since the original box was trashed by the shipper and sender. https://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/IMG_0938.jpg https://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/IMG_0939....
by trooper joe
Sat Aug 17, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1987 Winchester XTR, 30-30
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: 1987 Winchester XTR, 30-30

Just got back from the range. Sighted in at 50 yards with 150 grn Winchester rounds, and got a 1/2" group (that is all the farther I can see even with this neat scope). Seemed to hit almost same point of impact with 170 grn ammo. Trigger is terrible but I don't think I will spend any more money to h...
by trooper joe
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1987 Winchester XTR, 30-30
Replies: 12
Views: 719

Re: 1987 Winchester XTR, 30-30

Rusty wrote:
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:12 pm
Ya gotta love those long barrels.
Got to work on those photos. This only has a 20" barrel. The photo makes it look longer.

Will try and get to the range next week and then report back.

Trooper Joe
by trooper joe
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1987 Winchester XTR, 30-30
Replies: 12
Views: 719

1987 Winchester XTR, 30-30

Just picked up this nice XTR, AE along with a Compact Leupold 4x rifle scope. Called Winchester this morning and found out it was made in 1987. Has a rebound hammer but no safety which started showing up about 1992. https://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/IMG_0834.jpg Came with "see through...
by trooper joe
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ithaca Model 72, .22 LR caliber Made in Germany about 1975
Replies: 5
Views: 814

Ithaca Model 72, .22 LR caliber Made in Germany about 1975

Just picked this up at a local gun shop today for $135 (no I didn't kiss the guy). http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/Ithaca%20M72%20right%20side.jpg http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/Ithaca%20M72%20left%20side-close%20up.jpg Couple marks on the gun but it shoots great. Sa...
by trooper joe
Mon Dec 12, 2016 3:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My new (to me) Miroku Model 73, 45 Colt
Replies: 23
Views: 1499

Re: My new (to me) Miroku Model 73, 45 Colt

Throw it in a saddle scabbard, hunt with it, carry it all over the back country with rough leather gloves, and in about 75 years it will look right and proper. As it is it just looks too nice. Joe I had a Ubertti model 73 in 44-40 for several years. Great working gun but there was so much bling/fan...
by trooper joe
Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:14 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My new (to me) Miroku Model 73, 45 Colt
Replies: 23
Views: 1499

Re: My new (to me) Miroku Model 73, 45 Colt

Griff, Dude! Bro! Buddy! Pal! Compadre! Amigo! I liked Ike. I know what Compound was in a truck & I remember foot starter pedals. I had a Frisbee when it was originally called a Pluto Platter. Been around for a while. Been at the game long enough to know what the crescent is & how it's used. Owned ...
by trooper joe
Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My new (to me) Miroku Model 73, 45 Colt
Replies: 23
Views: 1499

My new (to me) Miroku Model 73, 45 Colt

Just picked this up at a gun show today. Appears as new with a neat Marble tang sight installed. Was sort of waiting for a .357 Mag model but this 45 Colt model was hard to walk away from. http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/IMG_0394.jpg http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/IM...
by trooper joe
Wed Jan 06, 2016 6:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30
Replies: 23
Views: 3100

Re: 1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30

Pete44ru wrote:.


AFAIK, the only non-walnut wooden Model 94 stocks were on M-94's marked "Ranger" on their barrel.


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I can't find "Ranger" on the barrel. Maybe the wood is walnut. Also, the carrier may have been updated. It doesn't look like sheet metal like some I have examined from this era.
by trooper joe
Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30
Replies: 23
Views: 3100

Re: 1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30

Just got back from the dealer. We had a discussion about the stock probably being some type of hardwood instead of walnut. Dealer let me have it for $250 out the door :). http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/Mod%2094%201969.jpg http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/Mod%2094%2019...
by trooper joe
Wed Jan 06, 2016 9:38 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30
Replies: 23
Views: 3100

Re: 1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30

Just called the dealer. The gun is mine.

Will have photo's later today.
by trooper joe
Tue Jan 05, 2016 3:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30
Replies: 23
Views: 3100

1969 Mfg. Model 94 Winchester 30-30

Found a real nice Model 94, 30-30, made in 1969. Has no "buggered" screws or rust marks. Nice blueing, and wood. Has a non-rebounding hammer, metal butt plate and aperture mounting screws on left rear of receiver. Looks like it has a nice machined carrier and not stamped sheet metal. Dealer says $27...
by trooper joe
Sun May 24, 2015 12:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Politically correct lever gun for patrol
Replies: 12
Views: 1231

Politically correct lever gun for patrol

Just picked up a nice Marlin 336Y made in 2004. Installed an XS white post front sight (my old eyes can really pick this up) and a left over Ludwig cross bolt safety eliminator. Was thinking what a great combination with my old Model 15, S&W Combat Masterpiece if I was still working patrol in the 60...
by trooper joe
Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt

Got the meat from the processor Monday. Tried some of the "Breakfast Sausage" Tuesday night with pancakes.

It was great (first wild pig I ever tasted).
by trooper joe
Sat Feb 21, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt

Griff wrote:
octagon wrote:Nice shooting! Great pic. What part of Florida is that- looks good.
+1. What load, etc.?
Used Hornady JHP, 240 grn XTP load, 1350 fps at muzzle according to the box.

The guide was pretty impressed at the hole it blew through that pig.
by trooper joe
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt

Nice shootin' pard.That was one big piggie. Nice lookin' rifle as well. Skinner sights? No, "Ashley" ghost ring sights (not sure if they still call them that). The white painted post front sight was easy to acquire even with two wrinkled retinas . That pig was sure rolling around in the dirt after ...
by trooper joe
Sat Feb 21, 2015 12:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

Re: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt

Nice shooting! Great pic. What part of Florida is that- looks good. A game ranch near Punta Gorda (45 minutes north east of N. Ft. Myers). Here are a couple more photo's of my Marlin 44 P. http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoey/44PMarlin-2.jpg http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj42/bmwjoe...
by trooper joe
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt
Replies: 20
Views: 1314

94 Marlin, 44 P, successful wild hog hunt

Hey gang, Brought my Marlin 44 P to Florida this season. The gun has a set of Ghost Ring sights and a cross bolt safety eliminator. Have had it for about 13 years and really had fun with it on this pig hunt. It was a guided hunt where we stalked this pig for about 45 minutes. Can't see too good now ...
by trooper joe
Mon Jul 14, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marlin .357 WITHOUT Safety?
Replies: 16
Views: 1017

Re: Marlin .357 WITHOUT Safety?

None of my Marlins have a cross bolt safety. If they had one when they left the factory, they now look like this:

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Trooper Joe
by trooper joe
Tue Jun 10, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marlin Cross Bolt Safety Removal Kit
Replies: 16
Views: 3177

Re: Marlin Cross Bolt Safety Removal Kit

I just bought 10 cross bolt safety eliminators from Clyde Ludwig (to go with the 5 I already bought since about 2003). He says he is not going to make them anymore but I think he has a supply left. Kits are available from: Clyde Ludwig PO BOX 318 Bridgewater, SD 57319 Phone 605.729.2029 $9.95 plus $...
by trooper joe
Wed May 14, 2014 8:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 336 SC, 35 Rem, Mfg. 1953 (find of the day)
Replies: 11
Views: 680

336 SC, 35 Rem, Mfg. 1953 (find of the day)

Hi gang. Posted this on the Marlin forum and thought I would also share this with all of you. The find of the day is this beautiful 336SC (Sporting Carbine) in 35 Rem. made in 1953.Got it for $400 and couldn't walk away.No extra holes drilled and smoother than silk. (Noticed a dealer in Missouri has...
by trooper joe
Mon May 05, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: '94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: '94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition

The 1963 carrier may look similar to the one in your 1990 but it's totally different. The 1963 carrier is forged and machined. The 1990 is a casting. I don't know if all of them are fragile or just some. The only ones I've personally seen to break are a couple from 357 mag 94AEs. After examination ...
by trooper joe
Mon May 05, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: '94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: '94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition

Thanks Sixgun. I will keep these notes. I don't use my rifles for cowboy action shooting and I rarely take my 94's or 92's apart. We have a very high end gunsmith firm in Grand Rapids (Bachelder Master Gunmaker Inc) who also serve as a Winchester authorized repair facility. I will talk to them about...
by trooper joe
Sun May 04, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: '94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition
Replies: 14
Views: 758

Re: '94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition

She's a beauty! The only warning I can pass along is be careful and don't break the carrier. They are pot metal and break real easy......virtually unobtainable. Happy shooting ---6 Sixgun, Not sure if my carrier is pot metal. Here is a photo of my 1990 45 Colt compared to the bottom photo of my 196...
by trooper joe
Sun May 04, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: '94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition
Replies: 14
Views: 758

'94 AE, SRC, 45 Colt Trapper, unfired condition

Stopped at a West Michigan gun shop to browse this afternoon, and spotted this 1990 made, 1894 AE, pre cross bolt safety, Trapper model, in 45 Colt, allegedly unfired. It took me about a minute to justify buying it in my mind (my wife was waiting in the truck outside), and right after they dropped t...
by trooper joe
Thu Dec 05, 2013 1:20 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marlin 44P and new companion side arm
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Marlin 44P and new companion side arm

JerryB wrote:A fine set of firearms. What bullet is that in the .44 special?
Those are just some Magtech Cowboy Action loads for the photo. I think they are 240 grn, flat nose loadings. Plan on using some Hornady defense loads or one of the Buffalo Bore offerings for hunting.

Trooper Joe
by trooper joe
Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marlin 44P and new companion side arm
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Re: Marlin 44P and new companion side arm

BlaineG wrote:Very nice 8) Will you be shooting specials in both of them?
Will be carrying 44 mag ammo in the rifle and 44 Spec hunting ammo in the revolver. Of course, the 44 Spec ammo also feeds perfectly in the Marlin 44 P.

Trooper Joe
by trooper joe
Wed Dec 04, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marlin 44P and new companion side arm
Replies: 9
Views: 510

Marlin 44P and new companion side arm

Hello forum: Finally picked up a companion sidearm for my Marlin 44P. It is a Lipsey, Ruger Bisley 44 Spec. Haven't shot it yet but everything looks perfect on the gun. This is going to make a nice combo for my Michigan deer hunting and Florida hog hunting. Let you know how it shoots but these thing...
by trooper joe
Sun May 19, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Browning BL 22
Replies: 2
Views: 1154

New Browning BL 22

Finally picked up a new Browning BL 22. Been looking at used ones off and on for years (ranged from about $350 to $450 and usually had a nick or two on them).. Paid $570 for a new, grade 1, 20 barrel model last Friday. Took it out to day and it is absolutely perfect. Feeds .22 LR and .22 Short with ...
by trooper joe
Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester/Miroku Model 71
Replies: 77
Views: 9105

Re: Winchester/Miroku Model 71

trooper joe, I agree with you about that shoddy forearm band on the Browning B92. I had hoped that the newer Winchester/Miroku carbines were using steel bands, but alas that appears not to be the case. Too bad! I just checked my newest SRC .357 from Miroku. It does have a pin instead of a screw in ...
by trooper joe
Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester/Miroku Model 71
Replies: 77
Views: 9105

Re: Winchester/Miroku Model 71

Go with a Browning. No rebounding hammer or tang safety. Those 2 are deal breakers. You 'll pay way less for a used Browning and dig it 10x more. Try both and see if u agree. The B92 Brownings I had (the Cent. 44 Mag and yes I did actually have a .357/very rare B92 also) were very nice guns. Howeve...
by trooper joe
Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester/Miroku Model 71
Replies: 77
Views: 9105

Re: Winchester/Miroku Model 71

Winchester/Miroku guns are fantastic. I first bought one of their 32-20 rifles a few years ago and really liked it. Since then I picked up a 45 colt, 44 Mag, a .357 SRC and a really neat .357, 16" barrel take down model. I guess I would also prefer no rebound hammer or tang safety, but these are muc...
by trooper joe
Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Chiappa 92´s?
Replies: 14
Views: 1183

Re: Chiappa 92´s?

I have a Chiappa 92 SRC in 44-40 and it is perfect. Very accurate and fit and finish is amazing.

If I was looking for a 16" barrel, model 92 in .357, I would try and find one of these:

http://www.levergunscommunity.com/viewt ... rooper+joe

Just some thoughts,
by trooper joe
Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester 1892 in .357 Mag: What to watch out for?
Replies: 12
Views: 4447

Re: Winchester 1892 in .357 Mag: What to watch out for?

I sure could use some advice from all the 1892 Experts here... I found a svelte little Winchester 1892 in .357 Magnum today, with a short (18"?) barrel and a button mag. The action is very slick & smooth, and she handles really well and comes up to the shoulder very naturally. With the slim forearm...
by trooper joe
Wed Dec 21, 2011 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 1858 New Army Conversion to go with my .45 Colt lever gun
Replies: 4
Views: 859

1858 New Army Conversion to go with my .45 Colt lever gun

Just picked up one of those neat Uberti 1858 New Army Conversion, 8" barrel, revolvers in .45 Colt. Shoots great with Cowboy Action loads and Winchester silver tip Personal Protection loads. Whaat other type of factory ammo would you guys and gals recommend. They say not to use +P loads but everythi...
by trooper joe
Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Marlin Cross Bolt Safety Replacement Kit
Replies: 3
Views: 804

Marlin Cross Bolt Safety Replacement Kit

Tried to contact Clyde Ludwig this evening and it seems like his phone is disconnected. Are these kits still available?

Glad I still have 6 left over from several years ago. I gave one away but I will never do that again. These really make the late (not the latest) Marlins nice.

Trooper Joe
by trooper joe
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:50 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

Trooper Joe , Can I join your club? :D :D :D :D I just got mine after a wait of 10 months and it now has the honour of being the most expensive gun in the house but it was worth it. Action is smoooooth as silk and it shoots like a dream. I have just ordered a Skinner peep to replace the rear buckho...
by trooper joe
Wed Nov 09, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

Trooper Joe , Can I join your club? :D :D :D :D I just got mine after a wait of 10 months and it now has the honour of being the most expensive gun in the house but it was worth it. Action is smoooooth as silk and it shoots like a dream. I have just ordered a Skinner peep to replace the rear buckho...
by trooper joe
Sun Nov 06, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

Trooper Joe, We can own handguns but the rules for using are so constrictive and there are so many hoops I gave up. Thats how gun control gets a guy without actually outlawing guns. We have two classes, restricted and prohibited. I think anything with less than a 4" barrel is prohib and that is a v...
by trooper joe
Sat Nov 05, 2011 9:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

Canuck Bob ..................." I often wish mine was a 357. I've finally found ammo and components but it took some searching. We have almost no 32-20 revolvers up here and darn few rifles so supplies are tricky to source. Coulda filled a bushell basket with 357 stuff at my first stop! I had a neig...
by trooper joe
Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:46 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

I use it as a 22 mag style woods loafing rifle. I load factory lead now and will be loading cast very soon. I have some XTPs for playing around with stouter loads but really like the lead 1400 fps no gas check range. The rifle will get a steel Lyman 66A receiver sight that I found recently. I trave...
by trooper joe
Fri Nov 04, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

Dandy new rifle, congrats. I own the long barrel 32-20 TD Winoku. The TD function gets used as the rifle travels in my luggage when travelling the oilpatch here for work. A touch of hi-grade grease and careful handling should assure a tight fit. I even like the tang safety that puts me in a minorit...
by trooper joe
Thu Nov 03, 2011 9:57 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

UncleBuck wrote:It sure is a pretty sight :mrgreen:
Any idea on how old it is?
It is a current gun. It appears in the Winchester web page.

Trooper Joe
by trooper joe
Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

Cool! You carried it on your back for the 100 miles? I would've thought that you'd of taken it down and put it into the carriers (assuming you have the carriers on your Beemer). I have a Miroku 1895 in 405 and the workmanship is outstanding. They really put their 'honor' into their work you can tel...
by trooper joe
Thu Nov 03, 2011 4:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper
Replies: 36
Views: 4819

Re: Winchester .357, Take Down, Trapper

I've got one in 44-40. It's almost too pretty to shoot. I won't ask what it cost but, I paid $1000 for mine NIB. The local shop has two more in 45 and 44 mag, I'm still thinking about the 45. What model BMW bike? I would be interested in the .45 if it is just like this. Let me know via a private me...