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Navy Models / Re: 51 navy Colt
« on: March 19, 2019, 07:04:09 PM »
Fingers is absolutely correct. I have one where both the back strap and trigger guard have turned a splotty black and another where there is a slight amount of mottled blueish tint on both pieces from my hands.  Both revolvers are stored differently.

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Winchester / Re: Model '94 .38-55
« on: March 12, 2019, 06:46:03 PM »
Yep, you need a bigger diameter to start with. As hawg says, try slugging with the bullet as cast at .377. Or better yet, drive a .380 round ball down the bore.

Not sure if I know enough about the primer/headspace issue to reccomend a replacement bolt.

If you are comfortable and have some knowledge about tearing down a Winchester 1894 or 1892, it is not too difficult at all. It can be a bit taxing the first time though. There are a few specifics that if followed make it easier.

Next time you shoot it, try 3f and place a fiber wad between the powder and the bullet base.

And if you were shooting pure lead the first time, you might try an alloy bullet next.

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Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Brrr! it is cold!
« on: March 06, 2019, 12:11:37 AM »
It is not so cold here right now. Down to about 15 degrees at night. It was getting down to single digits a few weeks backs. Some winters, it gets below zero.

The coldest temp that I ever logged in in Idaho and Oregon was 40 below. I saw that low temp three times. I worked in 20 below multiple times. We had 15 below three winters ago, but nothing close since then.

I did a winter camp 18TH Century fashion in Montana a few years back in 15 below zero temps. It had it's bad points about it, buy we all faired well.

Once it gets better than 5 below, it kind of sucks if one has to spend much time outdoors.

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Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Show us your flintlocks
« on: March 05, 2019, 10:09:21 PM »
This topic draws a pure interest from me. Flintlocks have never gained much attention on this forum, and rightfully so, given that it is a Colt based forum. However, my current interest in all historical firearms began with the flintlock, even before I got out of high school. I have spent quite some time on the study of them.

Initially, I intended to gather up my flintlocks for a group photo just for this thread, but then decided that I already had good pics of all of them scattered throughout my archives. So with that, I will post up some pics of them in order to continue the current participation.

Here are pics of two different "Schimmel" style flinters. They are also sometimes refered to as "Barn Guns." The term comes from rifle gunnes built with minimal furnature or carving. In other words, a rifle made for the working class. Some even lacked a butt plate. Most had no fore end enty pipe, nose cap, side plate, or toe plate. As well, most had minimal to no incise or relief carving on the wood.

The term Schimmel comes from German and Dutch origin. From there, the term can be traced to the gunsmiths from the Pennsylvania regions. As it is with the development of the American Long Rifle, there is always some speculation due to lack of documentation, minimal survival rate of original pieces, and the wide spread development and implemantation of the craft. Regadless, there is no other firearm that deserves more respect from us than the American Long rifle, regardless of the embellishment, or lack of, nor the region where such piece originated.

Hold on men. My photo hosting sight, or perhaps my old computer is being difficult this night. Pics of the two flinters will soon follow. I am just posting this text for now so that I do not have to retype it. A flintlock rifle is more reliable than this damn technology!!!

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Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Show us your flintlocks
« on: March 05, 2019, 07:59:52 PM »
Hmmm Dave, I was trying to make out the name on the top barrel flat and could not do so from the pic. Then I scrolled down and read the text and was enlighted. Meanwhile, as I looked at the other two pics, Hatfield struck a cord. I recognized the geometry of the rifle but could not place it. The original Hatfield's were fine pieces. I have been around several of them owned by friends.

Tell me more about the meaning of "big green." Definately post some pics in natural light when you can.

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Smokeless Single Shots / Re: The Finest Looking 22 Rifle
« on: March 05, 2019, 06:38:53 AM »
Thanks for sharing sledman. I might consider doing the same to mine if I pick up a second replacement. I am on the lookout for one in better condition than my present one and if I find one, I likely will do what you are doing to my first one. I have a fair supply of 25 rimfire ammo on hand, so at least I will always be able to shoot an original rifle with original ammo no matter what route I go. But I am going to have to pick up some more ammo of a different brand to confirm my suspicisions. And of course, 25 rimfire is mighty rare.

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Navy Models / Re: 1851 Navy Commerative
« on: March 04, 2019, 05:24:57 PM »
That is a cool revolver with the Kirkland name. I have an early .40 calibre muzzleloader with the Kirkland name and Tennessee address on the barrel.

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Winchester / Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:49:38 PM »
Glad to hear you are getting it. It will be very easy to load for with black powder and will make a nice plinker for you. For me, there is something very unique to the toggle link action rifles and they make their own distinct sound when the carrier block drops back down into the bottom of the receiver.

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Winchester / Re: Get your kicks on Route '66
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:44:29 PM »
The 1866 was not chambered in 44 WCF. Rather, it was the 44 Henry Centerfire. These came out toward the end of production and are very rare.

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Scatterguns / Re: Hopkins & Allen Single Shot
« on: March 04, 2019, 11:25:05 AM »
Well, the snow kept coming intead of melting back, so I settled for a few pics on my porch table. These pics should explain the workings for you Len.

DSCN4941 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4939 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4940 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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Henry / Re: A New Henry Sling
« on: March 04, 2019, 10:59:25 AM »
Here ya go Mazo. These two pics will explain the front swivel and hook attatchment.

DSCN4937 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4938 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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Navy Models / Re: 1861 Navy
« on: March 03, 2019, 07:45:42 AM »
Thank you kindly bigted!

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General Discussion / Re: Your favorite BPCR?
« on: March 01, 2019, 08:34:59 PM »
A lot to choose from for me, but I have settled on this one. A Uberti 1885 chambered in 45-120.

SANY0273 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2651 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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Percussion Caps and Primers / Re: Purcussion Cap Collecting
« on: February 28, 2019, 04:11:45 PM »
I collect them at a moderate level. My favorite are the "Eley Bros" tins.

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Other Models / Re: My most recent addition to my collection
« on: February 25, 2019, 04:43:29 PM »
Good deal Terry. You will enjoy it very much. Kudod for choosing black powder.

I have two of the Uberti Richards/Masons in .44. I shoot 44 Russian in one and 44 Colt in the other.

I am partial to the Richards/Mason version.

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