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The Winchester Model 1886 / Re: Why the 1886?
« Last post by Tazman1602 on Today at 09:04:13 PM »
It’s just the allure of the ‘86…Wife bought me one 15 years ago —- it was so pretty it was a safe queen who got wiped down once a month…..until last year, then it was bring it on. I’ve got a few 45-70”s, mostly Marlin JM’s but when I finally decided to shoot it game on. Always been a bullet caster now I’ve got piles of 45”s.

It’s simply the beauty of the rifle and especially just the sound the damn thing makes when you rack it. When I did take it out to shoot it and it shot 3-4” groups @100 yards with factory iron sights I was all in. Now one wears a Climbin’ Lyman and one (got 45-70 and 45-90) is getting a Skinner peep.

Now all that being said, I would NOT want to hump either one through the woods at this age for very long but it’s a damn fine rifle to sit with. Hopefully this year will be the first deer I’ve gotten since 1973 without a scope.

Blue steel, Walnut, old school, beautiful!

USFA CSS / Re: A terrific looking USFA.
« Last post by CraigC on Today at 08:23:34 PM »
You can call, ask for Lou and ask him. The word from the horse's mouth is that they did not buy USFA's machinery. Not that it really  matters.

I don't care how many guns you've worked on. If you conclude that the Uberti parts USFA's and the domestic parts USFA's are all the same, your "opinion" is highly suspect. Yes, I will flat-out call you out. Anyone who has owned and disassembled both should be able to plain see and feel the difference.

USFA's were not overpriced. In fact, they were underpriced. They were too good for their price point. People scoffed at paying Colt money for something that was not a Colt but they were easily head and shoulders above anything Colt ever produced. Look at the Freedom Arms guns for example. All stainless steel, no period correct finish work, $3000 to start. The domestic USFA's are machined and finished 'that' good. If you disagree, you either need your eyes checked, you're not being honest or you have an agenda. USFA is the reason why Colt upped their game. If they were all just a gussied up Uberti, they wouldn't have had to bother. This is just silly.
Tall Tales / Re: Coffee and Tea hotter than a June Bride
« Last post by litl rooster on Today at 07:27:59 PM »
A  very good friends grandson is in need of help. I got this note from her.

"He just turned 18. He was born with half a heart. Has had 3 open heart surgeries. He was told about 2 weeks ago that he was going to need a pace maker, but he doesn't have the part of the chamber that you normally connect it to, so they were assembling a team in Birmingham to figure it out. Yesterday the heat got to him so they took him to the ER where they found he was in A fib and low Oxygen so they transferred him to Mobile.

He was airlifted to Birmingham this afternoon. Johnathon arrived safely to Birmingham.Doctor's called and requested to do a cardiac conversion ASAP, they are going to incubate him."


Update From my friend...


Johnathon is in Room 830 at The Children's Hospital of Birmingham 1600 5th Avenue South Birmingham, Al 35242. Drs are attempting to keep his oxygen saturation level. This weekend the plan is to keep him resting since the cardioversion to bring him out of A fib. On Monday, they will determine if he is strong enough for the open heart surgery that week to install a pacemaker. If successful, he will need to stay another week or so. Best case scenario. Please get the word out to anyone who believes in the power of prayer and healing. Thank you.

If I was to have any Heart surgery there is only two hospitals I would go to UAB  of course and Cleveland Clinic.

Prayers for your friend

And sending additional prayers to the Coosie.

Another one of the original coffee group told me today, getting old isn’t for wussies
The Winchester Model 1876 / Re: Accurate Mold for 45/75
« Last post by Blackpowder Burn on Today at 06:39:14 PM »
I used the 46-342W, since it is a copy of the original Winchester bullet.  However, my Uberti rifle had a 28" barrel and I didn't get lube all the way to the end, so I had Tom make the same mold with deeper grease grooves for a little more capacity.  I haven't had a chance to try it yet.  It turned out that accuracy sucked on the POS Uberti '76 because the chamber was nothing more than a "wide spot in the pipe", and didn't properly support the cartridge.  I'm waiting on it's return from Lee Shaver after having the barrel relined and properly chambered.  I expect it to shoot quite well once I get a chance to work with it's new incarnation.

Yes, it is the 43-215C.  I use it's cousin in my 38-40's. 

I universally love anything made by Tom at Accurate Molds!  I use his for all my pistol caliber (32-20, 38-40, 44-40, 44 Russian, 44 Colt, 44 Special, 45 Schofield, 45 Colt) and rifle caliber guns (38-55, 40-65, 45-75 and 45-70).
I have a couple of original 1873 Winchesters.  Imagine my delight when current production Marbles tang sights exactly fit them, even to using the standard Marbles screws!  All I did was remove the original filler screws (still there!) and screw on the Marbles - a 10 minute job.
If all else fails, you can have one made and properly marked by Alan Harton of Single Action Services in Houston, Texas.  He is a wizard with 1st and 2nd generation Colt SAA's.  I recently had him convert a mechanically sound, but ragged looking 32-20 Bisley into a beautiful 7-1/2" barreld 44 Special to match another I had.  He made the barrel himself and was an absolutely beautiful job.  You can reach him at 713-907-6031 or 713-772-8314.

Below are a couple of photos of the gun.
Tall Tales / Re: Coffee and Tea hotter than a June Bride
« Last post by The Trinity Kid on Today at 06:10:47 PM »
Evening all.

85 and muggy at 0200 in Africa today.

Del, glad to see you’re still on the plucking side of the daisy patch,  ::)

In other news, I’ve taken on a new project in my journey as an author. I’ve begun work on a new book about the 2018 Carr Fire in Redding, CA. I was very involved in that incident, as a resident, first responder, and knowing many people that lost homes and businesses. I want to create a critical record of it all, covering all facets of the fire. I especially am wanting to touch on the fatalities that occurred, as pre-research they all appear to be preventable. In any case, that’s what I’m getting started on. I hope to get in contact with John N MacLean, who has written several books about fires (his father Norman also wrote several books, including A River Runs Through It), as well as being a fellow Missoulian.

CAS City Classifieds / Re: New scammer
« Last post by MikeM. on Today at 05:33:56 PM »
I had the same thing happen to me today and when I told them I wanted some detailed pics, I didn't hear from them again. Really a shame.
The Leather Shop / Re: Pair Of Carved Holsters
« Last post by Marshal Will Wingam on Today at 04:12:37 PM »
Hey, those look great! Lots of improvement over your earlier tooling. Keep it up, pard. What's going to be your next project?
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