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General Discussion / Re: Leech & Rigdon new front sight install
« on: February 13, 2019, 05:02:21 PM »
Perfect job Dave!!! Now it look proper.

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Show us your flintlocks
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:58:37 PM »
Hmm, it would be fun to take a few group photos of mine and share them on this thread. Perhaps I will do that soon. I have given away three in the last two years though and have either traded or sold four others prior to that.

Winchester / Re: A Second 1894 30 WCF
« on: February 13, 2019, 04:18:03 PM »
Keep in mind though Capt., I don't choose to use the Decker because it was used back then. It just so happens that it never went out of style after all these years. It is the most common pack saddle used even today by every outfitter, packer, and enthusiast that takes stock into the mountains. You can still buy a complete brand new one from any tack supply vendor. In fact, I only know of one outfit that has made a major improvement to the design, but I can't remember the name. I have only seen one of them in person, but ftom the outside, it looks like a common Decker.

Gun Builds and Projects / Re: 51 Navy Avenging Angel project
« on: February 12, 2019, 06:40:27 PM »
I like it Dave. You will have some fun with it. I too felt the desire to have one a few years ago, so I created my own from several sources of parts and put together an 1860 angle. It has been a fun shooter.

Scatterguns / Re: Hopkins & Allen Single Shot
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:35:26 PM »
Give me until Friday Len. The recent snow will be melted back and I will be home when there is good light for taking pics.

Winchester / Re: A Second 1894 30 WCF
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:32:08 PM »
Here ya go Kirk.

DSCN4930 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4929 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Winchester / Re: A Second 1894 30 WCF
« on: February 12, 2019, 05:15:15 PM »
Say Kirk, that is the inner workings of a "Decker" style pack saddle. The wooden portion is called the tree which rests on the mules back after a thick pad has been put down first. The two iron pieces are called bows and used as anchor points to lash or secure a load to the saddle. The straps and buckles are for securing the rigging (breeching, carrier straps, breast collar and cinch) to the tree. This style of saddle came to use around 1898 in my own part of the country, was then enhanced by two brothers by the last name of Decker, and then perfected by Oliver Robinett around 1906. Robinett lived just a short distance up the river from where I live. His original saddles from the era are very collectable and worth a pretty penny.

I will eventually add all of the other essentials to this tree to complete it. In a bit, I will add a few pics of one that I am almost done with.

Scatterguns / Re: Hopkins & Allen Single Shot
« on: February 11, 2019, 12:22:36 PM »
Thanks Capt. and Len.

I will get a few additional pics snapped for you Len very soon.

Scatterguns / Re: Hopkins & Allen Single Shot
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:55:28 AM »
The old single shots are pretty easy to find. You just have to look for the ones where the seller does not think they are worth a premium just because of age. And they do look pretty rough when you first get them, but some tedious hand work followed by a subtle refinish makes them into a piece that you would gladly show to friends. They still shoot very good patterns even though they are likely to have some pitting in the bore.

Good luck with the H&A Top Break. It will be a fun project for you and I am envious.

I also could not agree more. Guns were made to be shot. I shoot each and every one of my antique guns,  even the muzzleloaders.

Scatterguns / Re: Hopkins & Allen Single Shot
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:25:00 AM »
Thanks for the compliment mazo.

Winchester / A Second 1894 30 WCF
« on: February 11, 2019, 09:23:15 AM »
I recently split the cost for this rifle with my old buddy. The manufacture date is 1904. It was sold as a restoration/parts rifle and was cheap. We knew we would be way ahead money wise just to have it for spare parts for all of our other modle 1894's. It was listed as fair condition with some rust and dirt, no finish left on the wood, minimal original blueing, a dark bore with visable rifling, missing both front and rear sights, and that the hammer would only stay in place in the half cock position.

I tore it down and found no issues with the internals except for a rounded sear. After messing with and assessing the exterior and bore, it did not take long to determine that piece definately was not a parts rifle. I went to work on the cleanup and refinish work and intalled a replacement sear that I had on hand. I also had plenty of original front and rear sights in my parts box.

In the end, it had all of the rust scale removed and a faint reblue applied to the barrel and magazine tube. The remaining metal was left as is. The wood was in very good shape and easily brought back to life with my linseed oil finish.

Preliminary testing with my hand loads showed that it will shoot just fine. I am still pulling out a bit of gunk from the bore, but with a bit more shooting and cleaning, it will be good to go. It will remain in the typical frosty and slightly pitted condition like most bores that one encounters with these run of the mill vintage rifles, but they will still shoot smokeless and jacketed reloads well.

So this makes for the second round barreled Winchester that I now possess. I have taken a shine to the round profile, though it is not as appealing as an octagon version. And to look at and handle this rifle in person compared to what it used to look like, one sees a very representable, sound, and usable rifle. I do believe this is my luckiest restoration find to date. I could sell it tomorrow for the going rate. However, I am going to turn it into a saddle rifle for my pack trips with the mules.

DSCN4925 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4924 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Other than the bore, this rifle is actually in better overall condition than the octagon one made in 1898.
DSCN4922 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Winchester / Re: Model '94 .38-55
« on: February 11, 2019, 07:42:26 AM »
That is a very good article Hawg. Thanks for putting it up.

Super nice rifle LonesomePigeon. And made during the first year of production to boot. I have the same modle, but in take down configuration and made in 1906. As Hawg suggested, go with Starline brass at 2.215 length rather than the shorter and thicker necked Winchester brass. I am using the Starline in 3 different original lever rifles (the above mentioned Winchester and two Marlins) with bullets cast from an original Winchester mould and loaded with a Whinchester tool. I have zero issues and am getting good accuracy in all three rifles, even though two of them are over bore using the bullet of choice. I have a lot of luck with quite a few of my guns by relying on obturation.

General Discussion / Re: Your 'Short List'
« on: February 09, 2019, 06:19:26 AM »
Spencer carbine

Original Winchester 1873 rifle

1st Gen. Colt 1873 SAA

Starr revolver

Other Models / Re: Richard is getting a LeMat
« on: February 03, 2019, 03:21:45 PM »
Richard, that Kroil is the best thing since sliced bread and bubble gum. I have removed more rusted nuts and bolts from antique farm implements than I can remember. I recently tore down and old Buffalo forge blower that had every nut and bot rusted tight using Kroil.

Outstanding representation of the LeMat revolver. You are going to have some fun with it.

Projectiles / Re: New Bullets
« on: February 03, 2019, 03:12:19 PM »
15 grains in the G & G will move that bullet with more oomph than one would first expect. Hawg, if you like those bullets and want to shoot more, let me know. I will cast you up another batch and send them to you.

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