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Offline Rowdy Fulcher

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #50 on: October 07, 2012, 07:43:23 pm »
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 Well I found out the 2 Uberti 1873 rifles I own have a .429 bore . I slugged them tonight . Plan on shooting them this week at 100 yards .I am guessing the .430 will produce the best groups ??? BUT the half round barrel has always shot good with .427 ?? And that was with smokeless loads , will figure out this week .
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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #51 on: October 07, 2012, 08:56:59 pm »
Dusty
I broke down and purchased a electronic caller last winter . Looks like I will get to use it this year .

Using electronics to get coyotes close enough to shoot with BP??? :o

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #52 on: October 07, 2012, 10:35:40 pm »
Howdy Pony Express
If you have a better way I'm all ears .  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #53 on: October 12, 2012, 01:12:28 pm »
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Got a chance to shoot the different powder charges and different bullet dia . The .430 did ok but overall the 429 looks to be my choice as best performing . Testing is still going on but close to finished . Having a Premium ammo is what the Vintage Hunter needs . Just because a Hunter decides to use black he shouldn't be at a hunting disadvantage .Now that Swiss has the standard to go by , maybe the rest of the Powder Companies will follow suit with clean burning powder that can achieve the Velocities as the Original Winchester loads ? 

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #54 on: October 14, 2012, 06:06:34 pm »
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Rifle season  is only weeks away . I plan on taking 3 Deer this year . That way I will have plenty of jerky meat . And several Steaks for the year . I plan on using my 73 and maybe my 76 . I have killed Deer with my 76 , but this will be the year for my 73 in 44wcf
a few years ago I used my 66 carbine in 45 colt to harvest a nice Doe . The 45 colt did a good job ,but it's time for the 44wcf to step up . The nice thing about being a Cowboy Shooter and a Vintage Hunter is they cross over . You own the Guns ,clothes and ammo . Now to put them all together and have a safe Hunt . Life is one big Adventure enjoy them one day at a time .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #55 on: October 15, 2012, 01:19:08 pm »
I had been planning on using my original '73 44 WCF for deer hunting next month, but due to the conditions I'll be hunting in, I'm thinking of taking my original Winchester 1895 38-72 instead. Next year, I'll be hunting at a different location where the risk to my pretty high condition '73 is not so great. I feel kind of bad about this because I am all in a lather to harvest a Whitetail Deer with my old 44.

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #56 on: October 17, 2012, 10:15:50 am »
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Good luck with your 95 , Hope you get a nice Deer . We want to see pictures if you kill anything .  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #57 on: October 19, 2012, 11:03:43 am »
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Well the UPS truck ran yesterday . I have a couple more samples of Vintage ammo to try . They are loaded with .429 bullets , and 2 different powder charges . Tomorrow is opening day of Muzzle loader season so will spend the next 2 days Hunting . Oh and today is raining so probably won't get a chance to shoot today . But the weather forecast for Monday is dry and 70 degree's .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #58 on: October 22, 2012, 04:17:18 pm »
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The weather was warm and dry , but WINDY . I shot both loads at 50 yards . Both shot ok but I need a better day to get a true test .Will have to use my 1873 44wcf to harvest does this fall . I used my Buck tag Saturday on a Muzzle loader Hunt . He was a nice 8 point .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #59 on: October 22, 2012, 06:48:47 pm »
I't will be interesting to see how the different ammo compares in the accuracy department.

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #60 on: October 24, 2012, 08:38:27 pm »
Howdy
Was able to shoot the samples of the Vintage Hunting Ammo . Was working with the Swiss 3f powder using 33.5 grains and 34.0 grains . The bullets were a.429 diameter , shooting was done out to 90 yards . The 33.5 gave the best results today . The Vintage ammo is back on with Powder Inc.

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #61 on: October 30, 2012, 11:41:10 am »
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Rifle season is a week and a half away . Plan on using my 73 to harvest a Doe or 2 . I have all my plans worked out . Today I'm fixing Jerky and can't wait to sample a piece or 2 .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #62 on: November 03, 2012, 09:06:14 pm »
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Well the Jerky turned out Excellent . The ammo is ready for this coming Saturday .  You just can't beat Swiss powder . A 1873 and Vintage 44wcf ammo , this will be a great hunt . Good luck and be safe , and don't forget to take pictures .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #63 on: November 09, 2012, 12:06:35 pm »
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Plan on departing in about an hour . Can't wait to arrive at our hunting cabin . I like sitting around the fire at night , having a nip of Whiskey, and talking about the next days hunt . Wish everyone a safe and successful Deer season . Happy Hunting

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #64 on: November 10, 2012, 04:51:55 pm »
Yep, the evenings are always very enjoyable at the end of the day in the bush. I'm starting my hunt in just over a week.

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #65 on: November 11, 2012, 10:57:39 pm »
Howdy
Life's funny , I am Hunting for does and all I see is Buck's . Wish I had a pocket full of Buck tags .  ;D ;D ;D

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #66 on: November 14, 2012, 08:49:20 am »
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Good luck on your hunt , hope you can keep those toes and fingers warm . The weather has cooled down so will be headed out tonight or in the morning ? Have been thinking about where the Does are ?The plan is to take a nice 90 pound doe , excellent meat between the Buck and a Doe that should hold me the year . Now this Spring I would like a Hog and a couple Turkeys but that's another season .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #67 on: November 18, 2012, 03:48:04 pm »
Howdy
No doe yet . Saw several Bucks and a few Does , but it just didn't work out for a shot . Times a ticking away .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #68 on: November 18, 2012, 06:29:52 pm »
Howdy
No doe yet . Saw several Bucks and a few Does , but it just didn't work out for a shot . Times a ticking away .
Rowdy, that's about par for the course. Bucks around in doe season and does around in buck season.  :P
Good luck on getting you doe.
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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #69 on: November 22, 2012, 11:38:03 am »
Howdy
This weekend will wrap up modern Rifle season . Plan on Hunting Tomorrow , hope to take a Doe with my 73 in 44wcf . HOPEFULLY the weather change will get them to moving . Time will tell .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #70 on: November 28, 2012, 10:24:32 am »
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Well Modern rifle season is over , and I didn't get a Doe with my 1873 . My next big project is to take a coyote with my 73 . I got one last year with my 1873 , but didn't take a picture . That was STUPID but I do carry the camera on all Hunts now .

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I decided if I'm Vintage Hunting I will leave the Electric caller at home . I have Plenty of wooden mouth calls wanting to be used .

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #71 on: December 07, 2012, 10:57:09 am »
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 Rifle season for Deer is over . So will try my hand at Coyote Hunting after Muzzle loader season . I have 2 73 rifles both are 44wcf ,but I recently installed a scope on the short rifle . Wonder what the chances of taking a coyote with a 73 at 300 yards ???

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #72 on: December 09, 2012, 06:52:42 pm »
You might need a couple ranging shots at 300 yards. I've shot my 73 at 200 yards and you could certainly nail a Coyote at that range.

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #73 on: December 10, 2012, 07:22:41 am »
Howdy Rowdy. Have you test fired that short rifle with the scope yet. If so how did it do. What scope and mount did you use ?Dusty.

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Re: Vintage Hunting with the 1873
« Reply #74 on: December 11, 2012, 03:04:26 pm »
Dusty
The scope is a 3 power . I got it from Powder Inc. After Muzzle Loader season I plan on working with it . I have shot it about 20 rounds ,but they were smokeless . Wanted to see how the scope worked before I used  my BP ammo . The short rifle with the 17 inch scope is pretty awesome looking .