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Old March 11th, 2017, 02:14 PM   #1
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Overcome by 1886 temptation.

I donít go by the gun shops very often simply because I donít want to be tempted to buy something I donít need. My current main hobbies are shooting traditional bows and guns. I use to fish quite a bit but since the local lakes have gone down and some even dried up I donít fish as much as I use to. I also have this equilibrium problem that sort of put a halt to my kayak fishing which is what I use to like to do mostly. Not sure I could stay upright in a kayak anymore because of the equilibrium so I sold my kayak several years back. Now about the only time I fish is when we go to the Rocky Mountains. I love fishing for Trout in the mountain streams and rivers.

Sorry for wandering. Anyway, I started all this because a friend and I stopped by one of the local gun shops a few weeks back and I saw a rifle that really caught my fancy. I am a sucker for old west stuff and they had a Winchester 1886 that I took a likiní to. Over the past couple of weeks that rifle has stuck in my mind.

The wife and I went to the Sweetwater Rattle Snake Roundup today. Not really for the snakes but because the wife likes to go to the huge arts and grafts fair they always have, I go for the gun and knife show, and we both enjoy the food venders. Me going to the gun and knife show only reinvigorated my interest in the 1886 rifle I had seen several days before. The photo is proof positive that I realized I needed that rifle.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 02:59 PM   #2
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A little heads up on 1886's

Don't get STARTED. They are as bad 14's. One is NEVER ENOUGH. I have had my share and still have one. Running that lever makes one fell like the biggest MoFo on the planet. DON'T START RUN RUN. I'm not going to tell you which direction,but will let you sort it out.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:08 PM   #3
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PFC THOMAS,

It's too late. I have been shooting 45-70's for several years. Some Sharps and a few trapdoors. This is my fourth lever action. I had a Browning 1886 in the rifle but sold it a few years back. Have sort of regretted that. I still have the Browning carbine and now the Winchester. Here is a photo of them both.

I haven't shot the Winchester yet but will later this week. Hope it shoot as well as the Browning carbine.
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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:14 PM   #4
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Fine looking rifle with awesome furniture.

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Old March 11th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #5
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Shiloh,

Well I tried. I won't tell you how many 45-70's I have had. Please NOTE "I HAVE HAD". There is nothing like big bores 40 on up. I have a 405Win Hi Wall I'm working on with open sights.
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Old March 12th, 2017, 09:56 AM   #6
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Shiloh,

I still have both of my 45-70's

A Navy arms\Pedersoil( SP) rolling block & a Browning 1886.

I haven't shot the 1886 in years! I doubt if it has more then 30 or so round shot thru it.

(Broken shoulder & it hits like a mule)

What part of Texas do you live in? I'm in Kingwood (NE Houston)


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Old March 12th, 2017, 10:10 AM   #7
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The 1886 has long been on my list --- I love them, never owned one but have shot them and lusted for years after one in .45-90.

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Old March 12th, 2017, 10:23 AM   #8
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Old March 12th, 2017, 11:17 AM   #9
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Sold my '86 and my '71 years ago. Should have kept the '86 high grade!

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Old March 12th, 2017, 11:21 AM   #10
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Mistress of temptation.......beautiful rifle.

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Old March 12th, 2017, 01:12 PM   #11
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West Texas, San Angelo.

PFC Thomas, absolutely correct about one is never enough. Over the years I have owned a few 45-70's of different rifle configurations. I also have a weakness for the 1874 Sharps and still own a few. I have had a couple of Springfield trapdoors in the past also and an 1875 Sharps. I have seen a few high walls, and rolling blocks, and Ballard's I would liked to have had the opportunity to shoot. All those old single shots are a definite plus for me.

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Old March 22nd, 2017, 06:43 PM   #12
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I was over come by the 1886 temptation as well. I purchased a Browning 1886 on Gunbroker last week, and it should arrive tomorrow at my FFL. I am pretty excited since this is my first lever gun, and I have wanted an 1886 for years.

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Bought my first lever action (Henry Big Boy in .357/38) a few weeks ago and I'm waiting for the weather to break to take it out to the range. Looking forward to giving it a run.

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Very nice piece. I can see why it was hard to resist. I was pining for a nice one I saw at my local Cabelas last year. In this case, it was a Model 95 Takedown in 30-06. Man, I would like to have had that, but not at the $3k asking price!

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Howdy,

Long ago I had a couple of Winchester mod. 88's in .308.
Great rifles but they had no spirit.
Sold them.

Later I picked up two Winchester mod. 71's.
A 1937 short tang Deluxe Short Rifle (carbine) with a factory bolt mounted peep sight.
Then a 1941 long tang Deluxe Rifle with the factory bolt mounted peep sight.
Both guns were in 98% plus condition.

These were the last incarnation of the model 1886 and they had spirit galore.
The balance, looks, fit and finish were unparalleled (especially the carbine).

Never shot them, can't handle the recoil of the .348 WCF round and sold them around 2003.

To me, the mod. 1886 and mod. 71 are the most beautiful rifles ever made.
Followed at a distance by Hoffman Arms custom Mauser rifles.

Keep them levers lubed and don't let the blueing get dry,

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