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Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« on: February 23, 2024, 01:56:35 PM »
My video shooting the Spencer from Taylor's and Company

Loaded with hand loaded 45 colt 200g RNFP bullets, starline brass, 5g of TB with a wolf primer.

https://youtu.be/LltvTej7ib0?si=oi_YJKpnnXNUhszK
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2024, 05:31:51 PM »
Nice video. That's a sweet looking firearm! One year at the NCOWS Nationals, one of the shooters was using a Spencer. He fired the seven rounds and then loaded three on the clock. I've always had a Spencer on my wish list. You will have to make a scabbard for it.

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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2024, 01:06:10 PM »
Tip from a fellow Carbine shooter; work the lever more briskly to and fro. Faster in one fluid motion without stopping. Down and back, down and back. Mine is a .44 S&W Russian version and she likes it rough. The faster the better.  Leave the butt on your shoulder, look down the sights and run that lever as fast as you can, then thumb the hammer back before tripping the hammer.  ;D
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2024, 07:15:08 PM »
The wood finish on that carbine is different from what I'm used to seeing on the Chiappa Spencers, though I haven't seen a new one in quite some time.  It is also very pretty wood!

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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2024, 07:34:46 AM »
Nice video. That's a sweet looking firearm! One year at the NCOWS Nationals, one of the shooters was using a Spencer. He fired the seven rounds and then loaded three on the clock. I've always had a Spencer on my wish list. You will have to make a scabbard for it.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Thanks. That would be fun.
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2024, 07:35:20 AM »
Tip from a fellow Carbine shooter; work the lever more briskly to and fro. Faster in one fluid motion without stopping. Down and back, down and back. Mine is a .44 S&W Russian version and she likes it rough. The faster the better.  Leave the butt on your shoulder, look down the sights and run that lever as fast as you can, then thumb the hammer back before tripping the hammer.  ;D

Thanks for the tip. I will try that next time I have it out.
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2024, 07:35:54 AM »
The wood finish on that carbine is different from what I'm used to seeing on the Chiappa Spencers, though I haven't seen a new one in quite some time.  It is also very pretty wood!

Thanks for watching. It is a pretty rifle/carbine for sure.
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2024, 09:46:10 PM »
Tip from a fellow Carbine shooter; work the lever more briskly to and fro. Faster in one fluid motion without stopping. Down and back, down and back. Mine is a .44 S&W Russian version and she likes it rough. The faster the better.  Leave the butt on your shoulder, look down the sights and run that lever as fast as you can, then thumb the hammer back before tripping the hammer.  ;D

Cock the hammer BEFORE cycling the action. The bolt in a Spencer does not move straight back, when first opening the lever the bolt moves down slightly. You could break the firing pin if you don't cock before opening the action.

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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2024, 02:06:21 PM »
 Had my carbine completely disassembled on my workbench just yesterday. Including the the transverse plate the moves the firing pin forward when struck by the hammer face. The firing pin has a return spring that retracts the firing pin from the bolt face just as the bolt drops when the lever is cycled downward stopping contact between hammer face and transverse plate.
  I have a Pedreddi  Sharps that has a similar inertia driven firing pin system. The firing pin retracts the moment the breech block moves downward out of contact with the hammer face.  Not what you would find on the original guns.
 
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2024, 04:15:55 PM »
Thanks for the pointers. I did try it every way while shooting it. Tried it with the hammer on half cock, all the way back and down.
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2024, 07:15:38 AM »
Thanks, Rube, for sharing:

Vid's most appreciated.
Please review your posted load info.  Maybe typo's.
Are you using only 5gr. TB, and what is the primer, please?

Also, was any work done on the trigger, and what is the weight of the trigger pull?
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2024, 11:13:38 AM »
Thanks, Rube, for sharing:

Vid's most appreciated.
Please review your posted load info.  Maybe typo's.
Are you using only 5gr. TB, and what is the primer, please?

Also, was any work done on the trigger, and what is the weight of the trigger pull?
All the best. Smiles.
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Yes, 5 grains of trail boss. These are my cowboy action revolver rounds that I just used for this video and test.
The primers are Wolf.

No work done to the gun. Completely stock from Taylors.
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Re: Shooting A Spencer Carbine In 45 Colt
« Reply #12 on: March 08, 2024, 01:29:28 PM »
Rube
Thanks for the video. I also have one in .45 Colt but had to send it back to Chiappa as it did not function well. It 'seems' to be good now. My wood is also very nice.
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