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    Waxahachie, Republic of TEXAS
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    Cowboy Church; Cowboys; Firearms of the Old West; Apologetics; History; Moonshining; Cow Tipping; Restoring Outhouses; Reformed Cattle Rustlers Association.

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  1. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    What Should I Buy?

    Remember to take this into consideration. The "Colt Walker" revolver, whether you leave it as a cap & ball revolver, or whether you spend some money and have a conversion cylinder put in, so it will shoot the .45 Colt "cat-ridge"...the revolver can weigh close to 5 pounds fully loaded. It is the biggest revolver of that era, and the more you use it the heavier it seems to get. The dragoon series is a little lighter, but they also get "heavier" as time goes by. Check out the movie, and consider what Josey used, and consider what you want to use. Josey also used a Sharps rifle, in the movie, but I presume you are just interested in the revolvers he carried. But, as I said, I would definitely consider weight, in choosing the revolvers for this category. My Two Bits. W.K.
  2. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    Cap and Ball Info?

    Well, welcome to the dark side. I have been shooting cap & ball revolvers since 1965, and I have found out that you either love it, or hate it. It is labor intensive, to say the least. If I was just starting out, I would definitely look on-line at some tutorials about how to clean, load, fire, and disassemble. If you have never been a hand-loader, you are fixing to be. If you have never dis-assembled a revolver, you will now, when you clean it. I would invest in a good powder flask, with a spout on it that matches what grain volume you will shoot. Remember, black powder is measured by volume, and not weight. Also, you should not have too much trouble with this, but be sure you seat your lead round ball on the powder firmly. Black powder likes being compressed a little, and it is the safe way to go. No air gaps with black powder! Also, I would invest in a set of Slick-Shot cones/nipples, once you have determined you like the cap & ball revolvers. They are better than the stock cones/nipples that come with the revolver. Be aware that you may shoot a few cylinders, and then you will need to take the revolver down, and wipe it down and clean it. Depending on the revolver, it will gum up at some point. But, I will say the 1851 Navy types are the best beginner cap & ball style, and they can shoot a while before they have to be taken down and wiped/cleaned. As has been said, once your shooting session is over, when you get home, you need to do a through job of cleaning, and even take it out a few days later and inspect it and wipe it down some more. Cap & ball revolver are not for everyone. You have to like the clean up part as well as the shooting part. But, it does give one a great appreciation of what our ancestors experienced, not merely in the shooting, but in the primitive conditions, and also appreciate the difficulties they experienced, as well.
  3. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    Marlin ....... The real truth. (Post on Marlin Owners Forum )

    When an individual, or company, puts money, and profit, first, to the exclusion of all else, then the business will fail. That should be a required college course, in business 101. The truth is: when an individual, or company, puts the employee, the product, quality, the customer, and their reputation, first, then the company will more likely succeed. Today's managers must have all gone to the same (mis)-management university, because Remington is not the only one that has made these mistakes. It all boils down to poor management, and a total lack of personal integrity. Companies need old fashioned SERVANT-LEADERS, to lead, and to set an example. To focus not on money, but on people, and letting every employed have a true, genuine say in the matter. I remember once I saw a rank-and-file employee of Harley-Davidson, on a t.v. program, after they re-organized (after AMF) and put the employees in a position to make a difference. This particular employee was asked a question. They asked him if there was a bike that was not perfect, but ready to ship, would he allow it to go out the door? He said "H__ NO!" They asked him what if management disagreed, and he said "Tough S___" The t.v. sort of bleeped out his words, but you knew what he said. He was an older employee, and looked like a biker, and obviously had some pride in this last American made motorcycle. Remington failed, on multiple levels, and that is the bottom line. They can't blame it on the old Marlin company, or the Marlin employees. Remington's management failed, and as far as I can tell, they have not corrected this, and brought back the quality of the old Marlins. from what I have personally seen at gun shows, and the gun shops in my area, and personally comparing the new ones to the old ones. Remington filed for chapter 11 not too long ago. What does that tell you? Again, the direct result of poor management, and errors in judgment that should have never happened. I have two Remington's to my name. One is a .22 semi-automatic rifle, from the 1950's, and one is an 03-A3 from 1943. Quality rifles to be sure, but from another era. I also have two Marlins, a model 39-M, and a 30-30. Both of them are built like an anvil. I do not plan on buying any more Remington's....and defiantly no "Remarlins", but you know, that is really up to Remington, now isn't it? Again...it all boils down to management....or the lack thereof. 'Nuff Said. My Two Bits. W.K.
  4. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    Uberti Retractable Firing Pin Dilemma

    Well, I reckon it depends on what you want out of this sport. People get into C.A.S. for a variety of reasons. Some shoot Ruger's, with the transfer bar system, which are not to authentic to the period we are portraying. Some shoot a modern made Henry, which is also not close to authentic. Some put in short-stroke kits, on their rifles, which are not authentic at all....but the powers-that-be, in S.A.S.S. anyway, allow it. So, it boils down to how authentic you want to try to be. No one can be 100% authentic, since we all wear modern underclothing, and use ear and eye protection, and mostly use reproduction firearms, made from modern steels, machined on computer driven equipment. Most of us use smokeless powder too. So, where do we all draw the line? It depends on you, and what you want to accomplish in this sport. Yes, the new retractable firing pin is not authentic. Yes, many have had positive experiences with it, but also some have not. Since we only load five rounds, and mostly anyone that uses a revolver loads five rounds, then Uberti came up with a solution to a problem that never existed. True, the general public, that may purchase a single action revolver, probably needs the ability to load six rounds, and have this type of safety on the revolver, to keep from shooting themselves or someone else. I have found out, in my long life, that you simply cannot totally and reliably idiot-proof a product for sale to the general public. One has to use common sense, and take responsibility for their own actions. So...perhaps if this trend keeps going, we all may be using virtual firearms some day. Personally, I would not knowingly buy a revolver with a retractable firing pin, and I would replace the guts to a traditional firing pin as fast as a cat can lick his behind. But that is just me. I want to be as authentic as I can be, all things considered, with clothing, hats, boots, spurs, saddles, and yes, firearms. I want the experience, and the flavor, and the disadvantages too, of that era, as much as I can get, that is. Bottom line, you have the ability to leave the retractable firing pin alone, or to change it back to one that is more authentic. The retractable firing pin may work fine, and shoot forever. But...is that really the point? The point is how authentic do you want to try to be. It is up to you, and your mindset. The only wrong answer to this retractable firing pin "dilemma" is if you end up not liking, and being disappointed, in your decision to either leave it be, or to change it back to the original design. My Two Bits. W.K.
  5. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    92 Rossi from California help!

    I don't care about a California law...I was just commenting that mine did not come with any such thing, since I bought mine so early....and if it had, I would remove/return it. My Rossi has a three digit serial number, so if they later put those things in the rifle, then I was simply grateful mine did not have it.
  6. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    92 Rossi from California help!

    Thankfully I bought my Rossi back in the late 1980's, and mine never had such a thing. If it did, I think I would remove it, and send it to Jerry Brown....C.O.D.! Hopefully you will now enjoy your Rossi as much as I have.
  7. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    New Marlins: bad as they say?

    Not too awfully long ago, perhaps last year, I walked into a gun shop, and they had two Marlins there at the display racks that you could actually pick up and look over. One was a Marlin that was used, and was well over 20 years old, or older. The other one was a new one made by Remington. I got a really good look at both, side by side. There was no comparison. The older Marlin's fit and finish was excellent. Wood to metal fit was perfect. The bluing was still excellent, and had that sheen. The black walnut stocks were classic and just great. On the other hand, the new "Marlin" had a "finish" on the barrel that looked like it was sprayed on...dull and mostly black. If I put bluing on a barrel, like that, I think I would whip my own rear! The wood to metal fit had gaps that you could fit a playing card in. The wood stocks were made out of I do not know what kind of wood. The front sight was tilted on the barrel! The action did not close all the way, when the lever was worked, it did not seem to fit flush with the receiver. Levering the rifle would be tough for a lowland gorilla (or a highland Scot, for that matter). Needless to say, looking at the two rifles, side by side, manufactured years apart, the older Marlin was by far the winner. I do not see how the new "Marlin" made it out of the factory past the quality control folks, if indeed they have quality control folks. The new "Marlin" would have perhaps made a fair salt water boat anchor. You ask what is Remington doing about this? Probably apologizing a lot, I would imagine. I keep reading on here that the Remarlin's are better, and quality has come up, since the first ones were produced. Well, let's hope so, but that only tells me that some of them seem to be good/better, and some still seem to be salt water boat anchors. Seems like consistency is the problem here, wouldn't you say? Until they make a Remarlin that you can stand up side by side with a 20 to 30 year old Marlin, and the fit, and finish, and quality is the same, then I might consider one...but until that happens, you can defend them until Gabriel blows his horn (or the cows come home), and I would not have one on a bet. By the way, I have two Marlins, several years old. One is a Marlin in 30 wcf with an octagonal barrel, and the other one is a Model 39-D .22. (the straight grip version), and they are both built like anvils. I lament the fact that the lack of quality, and consistency, with today's rifles, has tarnished this great American lever action's reputation...and it has. Will we ever get the quality Marlin that once was? As the old cowboy said..."that remains to be saw". My Two Bits. 'Nuff said. W.K.
  8. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    Winchester 1886 Replica

    Well, dad-gum...I didn't realize my Chiappa was a piece of junk, until I read the posts here. Mine has awesome wood, with a great grain, and the casehardening also looks great. Of course it may just be an acid wash, like they use on the Ruger's, and not real case-hardening. On mine, the action is tight, and seems to function well, and is accurate. No tang safety, which I like. Not sure what more I would need in a rifle, than looking good, and being accurate. This one I have was imported by Cimarron. I guess now that I have read that these Chiappa '86's are junk, I will need to make a boat anchor out of mine, and use it on the bass boat. Of course, I am sure the Browning '86's might make a better boat anchor.
  9. Waxahachie Kid #17017 L

    Leather recomendations

    Old West Reproductions. My Two Bits. W.K.

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