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October 25, 2016
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rwsem
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Since it’s sooooo hard to close out my DW collection, I’ve drifted into levers.  Specifically antique or at least very old Winchesters.

Most recently, two 1894s have started to make their way to Louisiana; a .32-40 special order half octagon with a button mag and pistol grip stock lettering to OCT 1898.  The second is a Saddle Ring Carbine in .25-35 that dates to 1913.

There’s just something I enjoy about cleaning up an old rifle, crafting ammo, and bringing the iron back to life.  I’ll have to form the .32-40 brass from .38-55 long brass as it’s impossible to find.  I lucked up and found some .25-35 Hornady brass but worse case, I was planning on buying modern ammo if I could find it. Seems to be a seasonal run.

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October 25, 2016
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Really nice stuff Ron. Revolvers and Levers, quintessentially American.

To the paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers:

if you find one...what's your plan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 26, 2016
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Very nice set of levers .. I really like the octagon to round barrels.

October 26, 2016
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drooldrooldrool

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October 26, 2016
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Preserving our heritage! Thank you.

October 31, 2016
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Two more fine looking additions, I see. The stocks appear to be amazingly well preserved too, very nice!drool 

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January 3, 2017
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Unfortunately, I just received an email stating it was already sold earlier today…  Bummer.  I’ll leave the information below for posterity:

Well…it happened again.  “Had to have” this saddle ring carbine. One of 1,800 (30 WCF) US Ordnance marked Winchester 1894s for WWI service in the Pacific Northwest by the Spruce Production Division of the U.S. Signal Corps headquartered at Vancouver Barracks, Washington:

“On December 29, 1917, the Small Arms Division of the U.S. Army Ordnance Department placed purchase order number 291 with Winchester Repeating Arms Co. for 1,800 Winchester Model 1894 carbines “sighted for center fire smokeless powder cartridges cal. 30 with full patch bullets”.(6) These arms were shipped, along with 50,000 cartridges(7), one week later, on January 5, 1918 to the Commanding Officer, Signal Corps Troops, Vancouver Barracks, Vancouver, Washington.” (Martially Marked Winchester Model 1894 Carbines by Rick Hill)

(6) Canfield, Bruce N., “The Winchester In The Service”, pg. 89

(7) Canfield, Bruce N., “19 th Century Military Winchesters”, American Rifleman, March 2001, pg. 36

 

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January 3, 2017
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Ron, you have been tempting me with lever guns. It may be the solution for me too. I can wait decades for the remaining Dans I want. Maybe I need a few more Pythons, 1911s and Smiths first though. 

January 3, 2017
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Awwww man, that sucks.

To the paranoid people who check behind shower curtains for murderers:

if you find one...what's your plan?

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 28, 2017
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Sorry that deal didn’t pan out Ron, that is a real beauty.

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March 1, 2017
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So today I’ll be picking up another.  I gave my post 64 30-30 to my son in law so I HAD TO HAVE a replacement; cir.1953, nearing the end of the second frame style; the one with factory drilled receiver sight holes. This one is in 95% condition:

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March 1, 2017
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Way to go Ron, very nice!

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March 1, 2017
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drool  That is BEAUTIFUL Ron!! drool

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March 2, 2017
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Oooh man, that one is purty…drool

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March 2, 2017
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Since this is initially about lever guns, I will share that until recently I had not only never owned a lever gun, but had never fired one, but DAMN, this is a lot of fun.

I have no experience with these historic guns, sadly, a part of my shooting knowledge that is sadly lacking.

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