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1885 Low Wall - early blued frame
April 11, 2021
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AZshot said
Thanks, now that I’m working up a better load, I’m happier.  This today:

 

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It looks like your rifle likes the 75-gr bullets more than it does the 86-grain bullets (which is frequently the case with the Winchester Single Shot rifles).  If you have any (or can get some), try a 70-grain bullet.

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April 14, 2021
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AZshot said
I just got this 1885 in.  It’s a 94,000 serial number era, blued frame and color case hardened lever, block, buttplate.  I’m happy it’s bore looks pretty good, and it’s indeed in .25-20 SS, not bored out for WCF.  In good condition for a 119 year old rifle.  Very svelte and light, yet hangs steady offhand.  I was going to find a tang sight for it, but may not now.  Just seems right with the buckhorn.  Not very versed in Winchesters, I didn’t know that sight can adjust within the buckhorn.  Can’t turn the screw yet, put some oil on it.  

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Good looking Low Wall! 

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AZshot said
Thanks, now that I’m working up a better load, I’m happier.  This today:

 

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Good Job! Which bullet did you wind up using? May want to try Accurate if you still want to cast for that beautiful Low Wall. He will work with you on bullet diameter and he likely has a bullet weight and profile to get the most out of your rifle.

 

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It’s a box of Sierra 75gr FP someone gave me.  I would like to shoot lead to preserve what’s left of the bore.  Who is accurate? 

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AZshot said
It’s a box of Sierra 75gr FP someone gave me.  I would like to shoot lead to preserve what’s left of the bore.  Who is accurate?   

Shooting jacketed bullets at reasonable pressure & velocity is not going to hurt the bore.  Keep the velocity under 1700 fps, and you should be able to shoot it for the rest of your shooting career.

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AZshot said
  I would like to shoot lead to preserve what’s left of the bore.    

You could also use BP, which burns at a lower temp than smokeless–bores shot using BP (& properly cleaned) reputedly show no wear after many thousands of rounds fired.  (Though unless I expected to be shooting it 50 yrs from now, I wouldn’t worry about.)

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AZshot said
It’s a box of Sierra 75gr FP someone gave me.  I would like to shoot lead to preserve what’s left of the bore.  Who is accurate?   

My apologies, Tom @ Accurate Bullet Moulds doesn’t make anything that small. My other go-to mould supplier, NOE, is very limited in this caliber. Quite honestly I don’t do anything less than 30 caliber so I’ll have to poke around a bit and get back with you.

 

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Thanks Mike.

I also just bought a gas check 60 grain mold.  Will try that with harder alloy.  Pretty difficult to find Jacketed 75 grain right now, my box is half empty and no sellers have any. 

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