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I made a deal on this high condition 1895 Russian musket at Cody and got to pick it up this weekend.  I’ve really been looking forward to getting the chance to shoot it.  I have to admit, I’m as happy with the accoutrements that came with it as the musket itself.  The short bayonet is like brand new.  Mark

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Mark,

I am offended… you forgot to mention the Winchester Single Shot (high-wall) Muskets! Winchester manufactured (483) of them, with 72% of them being chambered for the 45-70. The single largest order for them was the Hawiian Guard for (60). They were issued with a beautiful fish-scale style Saber bayonet.

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Oh man.  My apologies, Bert.  What’s worse is that I have a high wall and a couple of low wall muskets.  It sucks to get old and forgetful. 

When you come down to the ranch to make that 1885 episode, we’ll be sure to include some muskets.  Mark

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Mark Douglas said
Oh man.  My apologies, Bert.  What’s worse is that I have a high wall and a couple of low wall muskets.  It sucks to get old and forgetful. 

When you come down to the ranch to make that 1885 episode, we’ll be sure to include some muskets.  Mark

  

Mark,

Just in case you weren’t sure, I was just yanking on your chain for fun! I do relate with the getting old part though.

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Bert H. said

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Oh man.  My apologies, Bert.  What’s worse is that I have a high wall and a couple of low wall muskets.  It sucks to get old and forgetful. 

When you come down to the ranch to make that 1885 episode, we’ll be sure to include some muskets.  Mark

  

Mark,

Just in case you weren’t sure, I was just yanking on your chain for fun! I do relate with the getting old part though.

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Oh sure, I got it.  We’ll still dig out some muskets to shoot when you come down, though.  Looking forward to it.  Mark 

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Mark Douglas said
Oh man.  My apologies, Bert.  What’s worse is that I have a high wall and a couple of low wall muskets.  It sucks to get old and forgetful. 

When you come down to the ranch to make that 1885 episode, we’ll be sure to include some muskets.  Mark

  

I knew you were familiar with them, we all fondled the 45-70 high wall musket I bought in Cody. Made a nice companion piece to my Winder musket. 

Looking forward to the 1885 episode!

 

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Mark, I really liked this episode with the 1895! I can’t say that the 1895 really ever caught my eye all that much if I’m being honest, but you definitely changed my mind on that : )

 

Bert, the highwall with saber for the Hawaiian Guard, WOW, what a really cool rifle!

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Mark, I really liked this episode with the 1895! I can’t say that the 1895 really ever caught my eye all that much if I’m being honest, but you definitely changed my mind on that : )

  

Matt, I’m glad to have broadened your horizons a little.Wink I love the classic lines of the tube-fed Winchesters and collect them as well. 

However, having been a lifelong hunter, I was drawn to the 1895 by the caliber choices.  It’s clear that Winchester was chasing military contracts for the 1895, and the military chamberings offered (30-40 Krag, 303 British, 30-03/30-06, 7.62x54r) are all excellent choices for medium-sized game as well.  Then, of course, Winchester gave us a couple of heavy hitters in the 35WCF and 405WCF, suitable for any large or dangerous game in North America and most African game.

You asked in another post about a lever action rifle/caliber/sight combination for deer hunting.  For me, an 1895 in any of the 30 caliber chamberings topped with a Lyman 21 receiver sight would make a dandy choice.  I’ve used this combination many times in the past for deer and antelope with excellent results.  Mark

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Mark Douglas said

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Mark, I really liked this episode with the 1895! I can’t say that the 1895 really ever caught my eye all that much if I’m being honest, but you definitely changed my mind on that : )

  

Matt, I’m glad to have broadened your horizons a little.Wink I love the classic lines of the tube-fed Winchesters and collect them as well. 

However, having been a lifelong hunter, I was drawn to the 1895 by the caliber choices.  It’s clear that Winchester was chasing military contracts for the 1895, and the military chamberings offered (30-40 Krag, 303 British, 30-03/30-06, 7.62x54r) are all excellent choices for medium-sized game as well.  Then, of course, Winchester gave us a couple of heavy hitters in the 35WCF and 405WCF, suitable for any large or dangerous game in North America and most African game.

You asked in another post about a lever action rifle/caliber/sight combination for deer hunting.  For me, an 1895 in any of the 30 caliber chamberings topped with a Lyman 21 receiver sight would make a dandy choice.  I’ve used this combination many times in the past for deer and antelope with excellent results.  Mark

  

Mark I think you collect just about everything Winchester from what I’ve seen on your channel : 

I’ve told myself that the 1886 will be the next up in my collection, and it still may be, but if the right 1895 showed up I may be swayed to go that route now too. 

I have watched the deer hunt you posted with the 1895 2-3 times now actually, and it’s hand a hand in building my confidence in bringing this 1894 of mine as my only rifle for this years trip to Montana. As a life long rifle hunter myself, (with modern equipment), I’d really like to take it back to the olden days this year and try my hand with the lever gun. I’ll have to keep you all posted on if I’m successfully or not. 

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I’m still amazed by the proportion of 1895’s that went to Russia. I suspect the survival rate is quite low but if the ammo is reasonable it could make for a fun shooter.

 

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I remember I had opportunities back in the late 90’s to by M95 russian muskets for $900. Sure wish I would have!Confused

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