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Offline scooby

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Model 1894 25-35 WCF
« on: June 11, 2016, 04:33:49 PM »
Three solid days of work on the property called for some shooting time. Took a day off and ran up to my buddies house where I could shoot some longer distances. Took along a Winchester Modle 1876 Uberti 45-60 and the 25-35. My buddy chose to shoot his Henry 44-40 and a newly aquired original Trapdoor Springfield 50-70 Carbine. Damn did we have some fun and burn some powder. What a treat is was to shoot that 50-70.

Anyway, on the way home, I could not get over the way my 25-35 shot. I had never shot it past 65 yards. It is so pleasing that I felt compelled to snap a few pics of her when I arrived on the homestead and do a post on it.

This one is circa 1904 and I picked it up in April of 2015. I immediately went to work on finding nearly obsolite brass and bullets. My research indicated that the Hornady 117 round nosed bullet was the king. Finally found some brass, but no bullets. I could not even find any Remington .25 calibre round nosed bullets. No body has made them in a while. Well, lead bullets it will be then. I bought a couple of moulds and ran in to epic failure. Both plain base and gas check lead bullets would not group out of the tired old frothy and slightly pitted bore. I then located a partial box of 40 Hornady 117 grain jacketed bullets and sure enough, boy howdy she would group. So the look would continue to find some more of those. Well, look long enough and you shall find. Thank goodness for the internet because I am now stocked up on plenty of bullets to last the rest of my days. I even found an old full box of them at a pawn shop.

Well, I messed around with the rifle once in a while through the fall and winter to know that is was a good shooter, and then set it aside. But after today, I now know it is a great shooter!!!! All I shot at today was gongs at ranges from 50 to 200 yards from the kneeling position. A one and a half inch spinner at 50 yards, no problem. A 10 inch gong at 200, sure enough. I even hit a 5 inch gong at 175 yards. You don't miss with this rifle. It groups outstanding. So here are some pics of the rifle and one from my load data journal that first indicated that this rifle has merit with the Hornady bullet. The 25-35 WCF in a Modle 1894 is one sweet package.









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Re: Model 1894 25-35 WCF
« Reply #1 on: June 11, 2016, 05:55:17 PM »
Nice rifle Scooby. I used to own a model 1894 in 30-30 made circa 1906. It was a nice rifle. Wish I still had it.

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Re: Model 1894 25-35 WCF
« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2016, 06:34:44 PM »
I have that same rifle Bisop, but built in 1898. I will do a post and pics of it next time I take it out. The 30-30 and 1894 Winchester combo is an all time American top notch classic. I am mighty attached to this one that I have. I am going to pass it on to my son soon.

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Re: Model 1894 25-35 WCF
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2016, 07:45:21 PM »
By golly, yet another sweetheart you've been holding out on us with!
« Last Edit: June 11, 2016, 09:58:41 PM by Captainkirk »
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Re: Model 1894 25-35 WCF
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2016, 08:23:16 PM »
 (7&  Man Scoob;;;;;; Your taste in arms is outstanding Nice rifle bro.

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Re: Model 1894 25-35 WCF
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2016, 09:03:17 PM »
(7&  Man Scoob;;;;;; Your taste in arms is outstanding Nice rifle bro.

Thanks HAWKEN! Just seems to be a passion and a way of living for me. Don't know why I gravitated this route, but it seems to give reason and satisfaction to my meager existance. I really do like these old guns. Time spent with them cuts the dull factors of the real world. I seem to have a natural knack for finding them and getting them up and running again.

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Re: Model 1894 25-35 WCF
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2016, 06:07:55 AM »
Still living the dream.    Thanks for sharing these Scooby.