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Offline Doug.38PR

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You are going primitive camping with your family (or even by yourself).  You, of course, want protection.  You choose two guns handloaded with black powder ammo.  .Which would they be?

For me:  a 4 3/4 Ruger New Vaquero in .45 colt and a Uberti  1873 carbine in .44-40 would be suitable.

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 03:33:27 pm »

Ah well, were it I, It'd be a Uberti 3 1/2 in Sheriff with the full length Ejector in 45 Colt.  The rifle would be either a Uberti 1873 Trapper or 1866 Trapper, in 45 Colt. 

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 10:27:43 pm »
Colt SAA chambered in 45 Colt and Winchester 1876 rifle chambered in 45-75wcf.

A 73 in 44wcf is a bit more handy but if I need to kill something for my protection or food there is no such thing as too much or too dead.
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 11:11:19 pm »
My 1st Model '73 and my New Model Remington.
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2018, 12:17:02 am »
.50 Hawken and a 5 1/2" SAA in .45 Colt.
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2018, 06:08:07 am »
Same as Cliff , all my border trips are basically going into the badlands 30+mi. into the desert and 3 mi. from Old Mexico , you sleep with your guns down there . My constant companion is  a .45 Colt SAA with at least 100 rounds in my pack and a 76 in 45/75 ,  100 rounds min. The West is still wild down there .,,,DT

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2018, 06:38:15 am »
Think I might foller Cliff and Dusty - I dont own a decent cartridge pistol but I had a colt (clone) in 44/40 but a 45 would be a better choice and the first two cylinders would be carrying a number ten shot load - you said primitive ! Lotsa snakes in our backcountry and I do not like em at all! The rifle ? yes to the 1876 despite the extra weight - anything hit with that is gonna stay hit.  
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2018, 06:39:44 am »
My choice would be a Shot Gun, with a selection of bird shot, buck shot and slugs.
A revolver in .45 Colt.
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2018, 08:44:48 am »
Most definitely my SAA .45 Colt revolver.  If I understand the question being what is currently in my gun vault it'd have to be my Winchester 1894 in .32 Winchester Special.  Otherwise give me an 1886 in .45-70.  (Just 'cuz I've always wanted one. ;D)
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2018, 08:51:50 am »
Seems 45 Colt SAA is far and way the leader...and I would agree,  mine is a Uberti Stainless ...
and my Krag.

OK saw the header DoH !  " two BLACK POWDER guns "   yeah I know  30/40 Krag is smokeless....  

but its what I'd take....  


EDIT.... staying within the question parameters then and revisiting the thread 4 months later ...

I'd still have the 45 Colt and my 44/40 rifle ( that's using whats in my safe )

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2018, 09:34:20 am »
Okay....I'll bite.
Sidearm is a no-brainer and given for me...SAA (copy) in 45 Colt.  I like my '73 rifle in 44-40, but I think that I'd prefer my Trapdoor carbine.  It may be slow to shoot, but it is light and I have a lot of confidence with it and in it.  It is deadly and accurate. 
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2018, 09:36:50 am »
I'd bring along my Cimarron 7th Cav. in .45 Colt and my Uberti 1873 sporting rifle in .44-40. both are reliable weapons firing rounds that have been proven to be reliable in regards to both hunting and self-defense. My second place choice in regards to the long gun is my MK. III Snider carbine. Anything hit by that is staying down.

If I have the choice of any 'Old West' gun and not just what I have, I'd probably stick with the SAA .45 with the cavalry length barrel, but I'd pick a shorter, lighter version of the '73. Either a 19" carbine or a trapper's carbine with that nice & short 16" barrel.
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2018, 12:15:35 pm »
Well, probably my 8" and 5" 1860 colt and the removable shoulder stock.   I can wear them in a fancy 2 gun rig, me being a guy full of juice and I can keep the shoulder stock handy.   I am as good with it at 75 yards as I am my Henry.   
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2018, 06:30:24 pm »
out here in Montana...for man or beast, it would be my .45 Ruger bisley with compressed swiss and my Uberti '76 in 50-95 with 1f. then carried by my trusty stead.
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2018, 09:41:41 pm »
Old model Ruger Bisley in 45 Colt. Accompanied by Marlin lever action also in 45 Colt. 250 grain slugs with a full case of 777. Hypothetically speaking I would feel very comfortable with that. Practically speaking I feel very comfortable with that when I camp although I'm not carrying around black powder loads.

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2018, 07:25:51 am »
My Uberti old model P and my Winchester 1873, both in 44-40.

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2018, 07:33:21 am »
It would have to be my Marlin LTD III, 18.5" Octagon 45/70 with 62 grains of 2F behind a 405 grain Flat Nose bullet.  Side arm '73 Colt's in 38 W.C.F. with 3F behind 180 Big Lube Boolit.

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2018, 11:50:56 am »
Same as Cliff , all my border trips are basically going into the badlands 30+mi. into the desert and 3 mi. from Old Mexico , you sleep with your guns down there . My constant companion is  a .45 Colt SAA with at least 100 rounds in my pack and a 76 in 45/75 ,  100 rounds min. The West is still wild down there .,,,DT

The Valley or Trans Pecos region?

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2018, 01:20:46 pm »
The Valley or Trans Pecos region?
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2018, 01:37:01 pm »
A Winchester 1892 in .44/40 and a Winchester 1886 in .45-70.   

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2018, 01:57:05 pm »
   Brewster Co. Trans Pecos Big Bend .,,,,DT

Ahh.  I actually drove down the eastern edge of Big Bend 15 years ago on the outside of the park to a little empty road that went all the way to the border.  Not a soul around.  Just a cemented off walking bridge and on the Mexican side, an empty desert as far as my eye could see.
The border (Rio Grande) all along there as far west as Langtry and maybe even Del Rio is a deep canyon that can’t be crossed

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2018, 01:58:21 pm »
A Winchester 1892 in .44/40 and a Winchester 1886 in .45-70.  

Marston: Are you familiar with the army revolver, Mr. Quigley?
Quigley: Well, sir, I never had much use for one.



Said I never had much use for one.   Never said I didn’t know how to use it.

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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #22 on: July 02, 2018, 08:15:14 pm »
Considering only what currently resides in my safes, I'd take my USFA 4-3/4" 45 Colt and my Marlin 1895 Cowboy in 45-70. 
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2018, 06:48:52 am »
44/40 snubbie and Winchester 38/56 sporting rifle.
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Re: Scenario: If You could take only two black powder guns camping
« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2018, 08:45:45 pm »
I'll be just a little different here:  While my sidearm would most certainly be one of my SAAs in .45 Colt, the longarm, well.

If I was thinking of 4 legged critters, it'd be my Sharps Carbine, .50-70. 

If 2 legged critters were a concern, despite Leander McNellys approval of the above, it'd be my 1870/87 Vetterli-Vitali TS carbine, with several Vitali clips to feed it.

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