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Well, both the rifle and I survived with no ill effects. I am thrilled to bring this old girl back to life. The rifle shot well and had very mild recoil. The grouping was not too bad considering my eyesight and that I was using iron sights at 100 yards. The fourth shot was through the chrono, so it is a little displaced from the first three. I got an average of 1247 fps from 60.0 gr Goex ffg.

My wife took a couple short videos. I think it was the insurance purposes. Below are a few freeze frames from the videos.
The American Plainsmen Society / Re: Hawken Rifles
« Last post by Dave T on Today at 01:25:54 PM »
Another point about the Hawken and it's place in history.  They were never "the Mountain Man's choice.  The greatest use/appearance of the infamous half stock percussion rifle was in the 1840s and 1950s.  Long after the beaver were trapped out and rendezvous were a thing of the past.

The Leather Shop / Re: SHOW US YER STUFF Thread #5
« Last post by Rube Burrows on Today at 01:24:15 PM »
Thanks y’all.
The Leather Shop / Re: SHOW US YER STUFF Thread #5
« Last post by Ten Wolves Fiveshooter on Today at 12:31:40 PM »
I echo Wills statement, excellent work and nice Schofields, thanks for the look see ...

The Leather Shop / Re: SHOW US YER STUFF Thread #5
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Today at 11:10:07 AM »
Those look really good, Rube. Clean, fine work. Nice Schofields, too.
I use cut down 45-70 brass and Big Lube Bullets from Springfield Slim in my original 76'. 50 grains of FF and a 1/8" vegetable wad, my accuracy improved greatly when I went to the 50 grains and added the wad, my rifling is very shallow.
USFA CSS / Re: Educate me, Please! CZ & the future of the Colt SAA
« Last post by willy on Today at 10:40:22 AM »
CZ could scrap the SAA production totally,, and just make a deal for Uberti to send them the whole gun in pieces,,CZ could finish them and stamp them with Colt markings,,Then sell them as original Colts,,you know ,,like the cap and ball revolvers Colt sold as original Colts.
The Darksider's Den / Re: Breech fouling in 45-60
« Last post by David Battersby on Today at 10:23:58 AM »
.........In the Lyman handbook the BHN for wheel weights is ~9. The BHN for 20-1 is ~10. This means that 20-1 is harder than wheel weights?.......

-Win 1876

 The wheel weight alloy that I have been making for the past 10-12 years has always checked around a BHN of 14.  This is almost hardball . a 20-1 alloy will obturate much better. This should improve accuracy and may help with the breech end fouling.    I have experienced hard fouling just ahead of the chamber using Swiss Black Powder.  I shoot 44WCF and 45-70Gov't in lever guns. The cure for both of the times this has occurred is using a "softer" (colder) primer. In the 44WCF (44-40) is was using Winchester Large Pistol primers as I had a lot of them. These primers are hotter than standard primers but cooler than magnum. Switching to CCI 300 primers , at the suggestion of John Kort, cured the fouling issue and increased accuracy.  You may want to try the same load with a softer bullet and different/softer primer.   If using a Magnum Rifle primer, try a standard rifle primer, if you are using a standard rifle primer then try a standard pistol primer.
 Figuring out a black powder load can be a little frustrating , but when you find it the reward is great.
The American Plainsmen Society / Re: Hawken Rifles
« Last post by St. George on Today at 10:21:57 AM »
Part of this lies with the various writers of the era who lumped things together - thus, any half-stock Plains Rifle became a 'Hawken' - every lever action a 'Winchester and every revolver a 'Colt'.

It was far easier for them to do that, than explain what a 'Leman', a "Whitney-Kennedy' or a 'Merwin-Hulbert' was, and besides, their intended audience didn't know - or care.

Kinda like C&WAS shooters who draw their historical knowledge from John Ford movies and TV oaters.

Scouts Out!
The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: 1876 Winchester Project Rifle
« Last post by Tully Mars on Today at 09:37:37 AM »
What a great project! I wish I would have found this post several months back while I was putting a 76' together. Funny thing is, they are quite similar looking. It's in 45-60, I shot it in two matches this fall that had Tom Horn categories!

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