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Winchester / Thinking of Buying Winchester '94 in 38-55
« on: June 08, 2021, 07:52:37 AM »
I'd like to get an older one maybe even an antique but still something I could shoot regularly.

Looking for advise, comments, feedback on what I should be on the look out for? What are some of the questions I should be asking etc etc?


He probably should have reviewed the instruction video from the Polish Capper folks based on their direction he's holding it wrong and applying it wrong.


NEW MEMBER CHECK-IN / Re: Greetings from British Columbia...eh
« on: May 11, 2021, 12:47:10 PM »
Welcome from a fellow Canuck on the East Coast.


Brass and Other Cartridge Casings / Re: What is it?
« on: April 21, 2021, 08:27:56 AM »
I was going to say .43 Spanish but I see that wasn't it. I just bought a 1881 rolling block built under contract for the Spanish Army in Oviedo, Spain.


Photo Gallery / Re: Shot of the Day
« on: March 21, 2021, 11:49:58 AM »
It hit +14degC today so I brought these guys along for their first shoot of the new year.


Single shots / Re: Pedersoli Bounty Hunter
« on: March 17, 2021, 07:56:20 AM »
Wish we could get these kit guns here in Canada.


Remington / Re: Swedish Rolling Block
« on: March 14, 2021, 03:14:35 AM »
Me likey very much!


Remington / Re: Salesman's sample
« on: March 14, 2021, 03:13:46 AM »
That is very nice - I just acquired a project gun with an 1881 Spanish Ovidedo rolling block action. The Spanish Oviedo arms factory produced rolling block rifles under a patent agreement with Remington. The neat thing is it has a thumb operated firing pin retractor lever on top of the breech block.


Remington / Re: Pedersoli Roller
« on: March 14, 2021, 03:07:46 AM »
Very nice, is that what they call a Hepburn action, I thought those were only available on falling block designs?


Percussion Muskets and Rifles / Re: 1859 Sharps Percussion Carbine
« on: March 10, 2021, 06:27:15 AM »
Here ya go, this is my first one. Scroll down to the bottom for a description of how I did it.

Thanks Mazo, much appreciated.


Percussion Muskets and Rifles / Re: 1863 Sharps Percussion Carbine
« on: March 09, 2021, 08:37:52 AM »
Thanks Hawg and SD , 1863 it is , found out on another forum that based on markings this is apparently a kit gun by Cape Outfitters Importing-Cape Giradeau. MO

After looking at the close up pics I could see there was some faint markings on one side of the barrel near the action. Now I'm researching how to pout that forearm cap - I have a small quantity of pewter.


Percussion Muskets and Rifles / Re: 1859 Sharps Percussion Carbine
« on: March 07, 2021, 12:45:54 AM »
Ask and ye shall receive.

Percussion Muskets and Rifles / Re: 1859 Sharps Percussion Carbine
« on: March 06, 2021, 04:57:30 AM »
Thanks for the feedback everyone, sounds like resounding no for Pyrodex pellets at least in this instance. Dave, thanks for the tip on the caps this is my first percussion rifle. I think I'll go with my original plan and use paper cartridges with black powder,


Percussion Muskets and Rifles / 1859 Sharps Percussion Carbine
« on: March 05, 2021, 03:32:08 AM »
I have what I believe to be a 1859 Sharps Percussion Carbine reproduction - there are no visible markings so I'm thinking it might be a kit gun.

Anyway I have been reading and reviewing videos about loading for these guns using both loose powder and the preferred method paper cartridges which prompts my following question - could you use the Pyrodex pellets in these guns i.e. insert projectile, insert Pyrodex pellet, close block, insert percussion cap , cock and fire.

And yes I know what I am asking is sacrilege for you worshippers of the holy black but inquiring minds do want to know? L@J

Thanks, Retreever

Scatterguns / Re: The best days afield include a shotgun and a dog
« on: February 12, 2021, 12:35:09 PM »
I've been very fortunate in my life , I've bred, raised, trained , hunted and showed Labrador Retrievers for 45 years. In that time I have had a lot of great dogs - usually with my guys we would finish their show careers fairly quickly getting their Championship title , we'd then move on to compete in Hunt Tests and Field Trials. Most of the dogs liked showing, they all loved hunt tests but their very first opening day in a real blind was always the most amazing.

I have a lot of stories about opening day but the one I tell most often is about Tucson, he was a black Lab , a big lad but very athletic - he's the one in the goose hunt picture and in the painting. His opening day story starts at 5am on a cold , crisp September morning - we had driven as far as we could to the back of a cut over corn field then walked in to a blind we had set up the weekend before in a hedgerow on the far side of the field.

The ducks and geese had been lifting off early in the mornings from a lake about 10 miles away and they would fly in to this field for 'breakfast'. We had our decoys scattered out in front of us and we were expecting the birds to fly in to us. We'd been settled in for about a half hour when we started hearing then coming, I set Tuscon outside the blind in a sit/stay and my buddy started calling for all he was worth.

Suddenly from behind us we hear ducks call they are flying low and coming in from behind the blind , they go right over top of us - bam , bam, bam, bam - we brought down (4) wood ducks , I look over at Tucson and he is just vibrating , waiting to be sent to pick up the birds - I gave him his back command and didn't that dog pick up all four birds, one after another and deliver to my hand at the blind. When I took the last bird from him him the look on his face was one of pure unadulterated joy - his whole body was just vibrating with excitement. When he passed 11 years later I wrote this poem for him.

For Tucson

One More Day by Roger Bannister

Coat black
Once brilliantine
Now dull

Kind eyes
Once bright
Now clouded

Deep sleep
Now holds

Then, limbs twitch
Long strides

Breath deepens
Low voiced
Grumble, whine

Does he dream?
Bright, cold fall day
Grass crunching

Nose questing
Hot, red scent
As flyer rises

Breath slows
Limbs still
Sleep holds again

I think
We’ve won
One more day!

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