Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

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Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

#1 Post by Shrapnel » Mon May 20, 2019 11:23 pm

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 action 44-40.

I found this large frame Lightning in 40-60-260 along with some other guns there. I left Denver nearly broke, but certainly not a bust...

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#2 Post by EG73 » Tue May 21, 2019 3:55 am

Asthetically my all time favourite rifles. Congratulations.

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#3 Post by rossim92 » Tue May 21, 2019 4:14 am

sweet! :D
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#4 Post by M. M. Wright » Tue May 21, 2019 6:26 am

You are a lucky guy to get such a find. When can we expect a range report? I wish my AWA in 45 were a 44-40. I think it would feed better.
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#5 Post by AJMD429 » Tue May 21, 2019 6:30 am

I don't seldom say this to a guy, but "....that's a nice pair...!" :D
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#6 Post by gamekeeper » Tue May 21, 2019 6:33 am

Congratulations, real nice find..... :mrgreen:
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#7 Post by .45colt » Tue May 21, 2019 8:06 am

"I went to Denver last weekend and it almost busted me. I had no idea what I was getting into".... Thanks for taking one for the team, All that blue steel and walnut........ :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Now You will have to supply a range report .what a beautiful rifle. :D . The best guns show I've seen in years is at Jaquas Gun shop in Findlay Ohio. I left this one there a few weeks ago in case You stop by..http://www.jaquas.com/gunlist/Details.a ... Template=0

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Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

#8 Post by marlinman93 » Tue May 21, 2019 11:49 am

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 gun, and very rare! I don't collect them, but certainly appreciate how neat they are!
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Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

#9 Post by Shrapnel » Tue May 21, 2019 1:58 pm

marlinman93 wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 11:49 am
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 gun, and very rare! I don't collect them, but certainly appreciate how neat they are!
We were tables L7 and L8, we couldn't have been too far apart...

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#10 Post by 6pt-sika » Tue May 21, 2019 2:56 pm

I never have been a big fan of pumps in general , but I always liked the large frame Lightning’s and especially in 50-95 .
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#11 Post by Rimfire McNutjob » Tue May 21, 2019 3:07 pm

It's interesting to see the medium and large frames next to each other. They really did stretch that thing out for the large frame. I had only heard of the Large Lightning in 50-95 ... which I assume it the most common one. I guess they may have made it the other '76 cartridges as well. I should go read up on it. I've only looked for the rimfire versions at shows.
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#12 Post by marlinman93 » Wed May 22, 2019 10:35 am

Shrapnel wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 1:58 pm
marlinman93 wrote:
Tue May 21, 2019 11:49 am
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 gun, and very rare! I don't collect them, but certainly appreciate how neat they are!
We were tables L7 and L8, we couldn't have been too far apart...
We must have been neighbors! We were in the middle of row L on the side facing the entry doors.
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Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

#13 Post by JRD » Wed May 22, 2019 11:19 am

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 certainly a unique look. Perhaps the receiver was wiped off with something years ago that attacked the finish.

Either way, enjoy!

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#14 Post by Griff » 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!
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Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

#15 Post by Shrapnel » Thu May 23, 2019 8:20 am

JRD wrote:
Wed May 22, 2019 11:19 am
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 certainly a unique look. Perhaps the receiver was wiped off with something years ago that attacked the finish.

Either way, enjoy!

Jason
Striating is a result of the aging of the steel and the forging process to make the action. Most all actions whether Colt, Marlin, Winchester or any other manufacturer, will show those lines with age...

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Re: Denver Find: Colt Lightning Large Frame 40-60-260

#16 Post by Shrapnel » Thu May 23, 2019 8:21 am

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...

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#17 Post by Griff » Thu May 23, 2019 9:02 pm

Shrapnel wrote:
Thu May 23, 2019 8:21 am
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...
I'll keep that in mind...
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