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 on: April 12, 2019, 05:44:44 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
I found an old bolt action Italian Vetterli wall hanger in an antique shop last winter, and got it for a little over $100.  It was, literally, a wall hanger - it had two holes drilled through the stock where the wall pegs stuck through.  Anyways, I bought the gun and restored it.  Research shows that the rifle started as a single shot BP rifle in 1870 chambered in 10.4mm.  In 1887 it was converted to a four shot, magazine fed rifle, then in WW1 it was converted to 6.5 Carcano by lining the barrel and adding a Carcano magazine.  So, it's called Model 1870/87/15.  It's the longest named rifle and the tallest rifle that I have.
They are considered by many as not safe to shoot.
Anyhoo, I got a die set, some brass, some bullets, some clips for the magazine and loaded up some mild rounds with a low pressure smokeless powder.  I took it to the range today and tried it out.  It's rough, not smooth, not really accurate (though it did hit the gong at 100 yds) but I gotta say, it's cool to shoot an old, vintage rifle like that.

 on: April 12, 2019, 02:25:17 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Festus
I had a Winchester 30-30. Never got around to shooting it. Traded it for a 30 M1 carbine that I gave to my dad for father's day one year.

 on: April 11, 2019, 06:47:05 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
I had a 30-30 Winchester but it wasn't a fun gun to shoot - I'm a recoil whimp.  I gave that rifle to my son.  32-20 is like shooting a .22.  It definitely did not like smokeless powder so I went back to BP.

 on: April 11, 2019, 02:37:03 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Festus
I was thinking while typing. I meant 32-20.

 on: April 11, 2019, 02:34:35 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Festus
Howdy Dave,
Glad to hear someone is still doing something.
Made a good buy on the 30-30.
Last I heard of Wayner, was 6-8 years ago. He was selling stuff on GunBroker.
Uncle Lee

 on: April 10, 2019, 02:45:50 PM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Dave
How's everyone doing? It's been awhile...
Anyhoo  (Wayne's phrase - where is Wayne?) last year I got a lever action Marlin 1889 32-20, made in 1893.  It was meant for black powder but I tried some mild smokeless loads.  They were OK but the rifle likes BP.  From what I've read, the Marlins in that caliber, 32-20, are kinda rare.  It had a broken firing pin but they're still available.  It also had a broken tang safety spring so I made one out of a bobby pin.  It works fine.
Real nice gun to shoot.
I tried to attach a pic - hopefully it worked.
Doesn't look like the pic went through.  Any suggestions on posting pics?

 on: March 13, 2019, 04:51:34 AM 
Started by Baron Von Kesselwalker - Last post by Festus
Sure wish I could be there.

 on: March 04, 2019, 06:22:40 AM 
Started by Baron Von Kesselwalker - Last post by Baron Von Kesselwalker
I found this on the sponsors  site  ......

 on: May 07, 2018, 06:35:01 AM 
Started by Dave - Last post by Baron Von Kesselwalker
Back here after some computor problems .....I miss him too ......

 on: May 05, 2018, 12:25:52 PM 
Started by twin colt - Last post by twin colt
I hope it shows.going with craft paper,cheaper than cig paper

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