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Off-Topic Discussion / Why Toilet Paper?
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:45:30 PM »
Why not canned beans? Perhaps Cup Of Noodles? Or beer? Definately should buy beer. Corona beer. It is now as cheap as Keystone. And Irish Whiskey!!!! Maybe some soap and some underwear in case you shit your self and forgot where you stashed all of that moon floss! Oh ya, how about 25 rolls of Copenhagen.

Many sheeple across America will be able to wipe their tail pipe at no further cost to their wallet for the next five years.

They got the big packages stuffed in every space available. Under the beds, on top of the fridge, in the trunk of their cars.

It will be for sale in Ebay in a month real cheap. The pandemonium will keep our Idaho loggers in business for a bit.

I truley do worry about the future of the American citizen. They are so distilled to the point of being as usefull as a mouse.

Fricken toilet paper. They went on a buying binge after toilet paper?????????

BPCR Reloading / Win. 1891 Reloading Tool
« on: March 07, 2020, 07:23:44 PM »
Just got this one delivered. It is the first one that I have acquired of this model. It is now fully cleaned and oiled. It is in extremely good shape and has the the original L-shaped de-capper/primer seat plug. This is a relatively rare Winchester tool and the fact that the plug was still present make is even more rare. They are not so easy to find. This particular version had a very short life span and was replaced in 1894 by a highly improved version.

It caught my attention because of the calibre.....40-82. I did not have a reloading tool for this calibre, only a mould. Now I can load for my original 1886 with nothing but original tools. regardless of the calibre, this tool was worth grabbing just for the collector value.

I got a kick out of the fact that Winchester went to the trouble of stamping "KEEP THE DIE CLEAN" on this version considering that it was required on all of their versions.

By 1914, production of all Winchester reloading tools came to an end. I have enjoyed finding and using a multitude of these old tools.

DSCN4973 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4974 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4975 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4977 (2) by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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Winchester / Does A Bear Sh!t In the Woods?
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:38:16 PM »
Now men, I have seen many a wonders in my travels through the mountains over the years. But I had never seen the likes of a bear that had the ability to lay out such a finely displayed growler as what I witnessed on this outing. Now mind you, I have never taken a pic of a bear pile until this day, but I think without the photo, most people would not believe that such detail could come from the tail pipe of a bear. I could not resist laying down my old 1894 30 WFC beside this work of art and snapping a pic. All the while, I was wondering what the hell this ol bear was thinking and doing? He seems to have a knack for stacking cord wood.  (7+"

I took this pic in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness two years ago.   
DSCN4309 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Walkers & Dragoons / Whitneyville Pic
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:06:50 PM »
This is one mighty fine replica of the original piece. It is also the coolest of the Dragoon versions.

DSCN0877 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

J.H. Dance / Shot the Dance Today
« on: February 08, 2020, 05:01:11 PM »
Stepped away from the typical Colt pattern for this day's shooting. It is good to head out the door with a variable every once in a while. It was a mild winter day at 37 degrees. The humidity allowed for the powder smoke to hang in the air for an extended time.

DSCN4963 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4968 - Copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4967 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Patersons / Thee Ol Paterson
« on: February 07, 2020, 07:29:32 PM »
Time for a new post in this category.

DSCN3129 copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Lead casting / Early Winchester Mould
« on: February 07, 2020, 06:01:20 PM »
A recent acquisition. This is a 4TH version. There is no definitive documentation on when this version went into production, but it was replaced around 1889. These were made without an alignment pin and lacked wood handles. This particular one is also an early production piece, given that it lacks the Winchester name and address on the side of the block. Later production 4th versions had the stamping.

Based on the single photo that was included on the auction site, it appeared to be in sort of rough shape. I grabbed it up anyway because one does not see very many of these earlier versions. It turned out better than expected and as luck would have it, the cavity is much better than the exterior and the alignment of the block halves are spot on. After a couple of evenings of rehab and a new blue job, it turned out to be a fine looking piece and a fully serviceable mould.

i will only run one batch of bullets out of it and then will likely set it on the shelf with the other collectible Winchester moulds, given that I have a pristine 5th version that I use for my 38 WCF 1892 Rifle. However, it is was another good rescue of a cool antique.

DSCN4957 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4959 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4960 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4962 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr


Army Models / 1860 Picture
« on: February 03, 2020, 06:24:22 PM »
An attempt at a vintage style of photo. I took it some time back.

DSCN1774 copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / New Hay Barn
« on: January 28, 2020, 06:18:19 PM »
I have my new system up and going and updated my Flickr account so I will once again post pics to the forum. Anyway, I decided to fence off some of my property and move my stock home so I could spend more time with them. I also had to build a hay barn. Both the fence and barn project has taken some time. I started on the project in June. The corner posts and H braces took a long time as I had to dig through solid basalt and clay by hand with a rock bar. I got started on the barn in September and had it ready for hay by the end of November. I still have some more work on the barn and will continue the work throughout the winter and spring. I have to build one more loft, add a lean-to, and build a sliding door for the front. I also made the decision to sell ol Gunner in September. He had a couple of quirks that prevented him from being a dependable lead mule. It was hard to sell him cuz he sure was easy to ride and sure footed. I ended up buying a young Blue Roan horse so I am starting all over again. Here are a few pics of the barn and one of the Roan and my Gracie mule.

DSCN2574 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

This is the back side view. The opening is a 12 x 12 foot stall.
DSCN2578 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

A front view. I had to clear some timber out of the way and then put in a gravel drive from my lower property up to the barn
DSCN2576 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

I finished the exterior sides and stall with rough cut pine in the old board and baton style. I will apply an oil finish to the wood this summer.
DSCN2579 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

And here is a look at Gracie mule and the new roan. She was dubbed with the name Lizzy.
DSCN2582 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Lead casting / Picket Mould Out Of Production
« on: January 10, 2020, 02:58:10 PM »
Took note that the Pedersoli Picket mould for the Walker has been discontinued. Another classic reproduction piece gone with the wind. I have cast and shot a lot of Pickets from this mould. It is the only projectile that I shoot in my Walker anymore. If you want one and see it for sale, grab it up. The price is only going to climb.

« on: May 16, 2019, 10:14:29 PM »
Took of last Friday morning for three days. Four of us went this trip and we took along ten head of stock. We went up the main drainage of Rapid River this time and most of it was totally new country for me. We put on a lot of miles with individual riding stock on Saturday and I broke Ol Willy in a bit on his first true ride in some real mountains.

Ol Willy also got some extra attention, given that we rigged up a makeshift riggin for some draft work and soon had him skidding firewood into camp. I also got entertained as Alex put a saddle on Ol Red and attempted to tone him down some. It was a good rodeo and source of entertainment for an hour or so. Ol Red is wild as hell and it looks like he might have to go down the road. So far, he can't pack worth a damn, and Alex hit the dirt three times trying to break him for riding. I think he is wired wrong in the head, but he is not my mule, so those boys can keep trying if the wish, but I consider him a cull.

Turns out that I also got into my first rodeo with Gunner due to our partner's dog spooking him and I got bucked out of the saddle. I took a couple of shots to the inside of my thigh from the saddle horn during the foray before I was able to un-ass myself and hit the dirt. I am a bit brused up and sore, but nothing major. That dog now has the same status as Ol Red when it come to my opinion of their purpose on this Earth. But as always, it was a grand trip into the Idaho back country. Life is good.

DSCN2517 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2529 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2527 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2524 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2523 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2521 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2509 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2503 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2494 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2493 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2475 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2479 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2484 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2496 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / A Recent Pack Trip
« on: April 28, 2019, 06:41:22 AM »
Three of us took off for 4 days into the back country with six mules. Rode in some good mountains and enjoyed Elk, Deer, and one Black Bear. We even located an old homesteader cabin that we were told about. Had a bit of sun at times, but mostly rain with some mixed snow. However, it never got very cold. There is still a lot of snow at the 7000 foot elevation, and it will likely be July before we can get up there.

I now have just over a year on Gunner. I am only guessing because I never kept track, but I rekon I have put over 250 miles on him so far. He is turning out to be one fine animal and we have built up a pretty tight bond by now. I also bought a seven year old Molly mule in January that I will start training to pack soon. She is a fine looking mule and near as big as Gunner.

Sad to say though that we traded off ol Dutchess, our trusted pack mule, in late December. Turns out that the longer pack trips were too hard on the old girl. Mike lucked onto the trade by chance and we ended up with a six year old John mule that is stout as hell. He has a gental and friendly demeanor just like Dutchess, but one has to get after him on occasion for trying to act like a teenager. So far, he has done ok for a youngster on the two pack trips we have done thus far. I led him on this trip and had no issues, other than him lacking experience. I think he will be a keeper. Also, Ol Mike never took to the stand offish attitude that his original riding mule had, so he sold him for top dollar. After two attempts, he found a little Molly rider that is really something. She will go anywhere, can keep up with the big long legged mules, and can be ridden bare back.

Anyway, here are some pics.

DSCN2459 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2444 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2405 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2379 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2383 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2398 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2436 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2402 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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DSCN2447 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Smokeless Single Shots / Remington No. 2 Rolling Block
« on: April 27, 2019, 07:32:16 PM »
Picked this one up at a gun show in March. It is a sweet rifle with gracefull archetecture. She is all original and in good shape with a decent bore. I tore it down and gave it a good cleaning. A number 2 is very easy to tear down. They are also very well made. More refined than a No, 4. They are also a tiny bit larger and have a longer and heavier barrel. This one is chambered in .32 rim fire.

I put some rounds through her today for the second time now. Shot gongs everywhere from 25 to 60 yards. A fine antique shooter she is, and fortunately, it did not get beat and abused over time.

DSCN2461 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2465 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2466 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2464 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2467 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2470 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Repeating Black Powder Rifles / Colt Burgess II
« on: February 23, 2019, 05:54:32 PM »
Had the hankering to burn some black powder on this fine winter day, so I grabbed up the sweet sweet little Burgess rifle once again.

DSCN4932 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4935 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4934 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4936 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

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

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