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Sunday Afternoon Photo of a Fine Old Winchester
October 20, 2013
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It was a beautiful late fall afternoon today. The kind that makes a fellow think of old Winchesters, cedar rail fences, corn fields, and Whitetail Deer. I was inspired to take the rifle I have most recently acquired, and shoot some photos. Here it is ...

Winchester Model 1894 30 W.C.F., Takedown, shipped March 31, 1903.

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October 20, 2013
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nice photo, nice gun, nice wood....Thanks for the photo

October 21, 2013
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I hope the next photo includes a nice White Tail Buck. 8)

October 21, 2013
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I sure hope so as well! But it won't be with this one. I have an original 1889-shipped Model 1873 44 W.C.F. that has been patiently waiting for its turn to be photographed laying across the shoulder of the Whitetail Deer that is has harvested.

October 21, 2013
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Beautiful gun Kirk !!

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October 21, 2013
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Well Kirk,
It seems that you know how to enjoy the nice fall weather for sure.
Thanks for sharing that excellent picture of a really nice Winchester Model 1894.

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October 21, 2013
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Nice picture as usual Kirk. I see your farmland was also blessed with a few hard heads.

Looking forward to your range report with that rifle when it happens. I'll also be interested in hearing how your 44-40 does and wish you luck.

Brad

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October 22, 2013
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Nice rifle and picture.Thanks for posting.

December 5, 2013
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Kirk i hope you don't mind, i used your out door shot of that beautiful gun as my screen saver, which i change on a got to have one like that basis.
Gary

December 5, 2013
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Gary, I am glad you did. That photo was meant to enjoy.

December 5, 2013
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Nice nice nice

December 6, 2013
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Kirk, That's a Beauty.
Should be a special season for hunting whitetails, with vintage Winchesters.
What make and model of front sight is that?

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December 6, 2013
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bhutch, stamped on the top of the dovetail is 'W.F. Sheard'. Along the base of the blade is stamped some really tiny letter that seem to say 'W.30/30'. Here are a couple photos. Note how thick the end of the barrel is. I really like that .... makes the barrel more accurate. This front sight is a beauty for accurate shooting with the Lyman tang sight that came with it as well. The tang sight in the photo in the original post is an original Marbles which I have temporarily on the gun, as the original Lyman has the tiny hinged peep swivelling down with each shot and I need to tighten it up so it stays in place.

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December 6, 2013
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Kirk

I think that is really great to have a W.F. Sheard front sight on there. Don't see them as often as the MARBLE ones. I read in an Elmer Keith book that he thought they were a terrible sight until a flat was filed on the bead...can't imagine him writing about disliking something....

Looks like it could be the original sight to the gun. Great looking rifle.

Brad

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December 6, 2013
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I am surprised that Elmer Keith figured a flat needed to be filed on the bead. I'm not sure I could tell the difference once I was peering through the peep sight.

December 6, 2013
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My best guess would be that he used the aperture sight in a low light condition. My experience has been visibility is tough if the bead is not reflecting a little light. In the case of your gun or mine with a blank in the rear dovetail slot, there is no alternative sight to use under clouds or evergreens near dark. It may have been just stain or tarnish of some kind on the bead and touching it with a file brightened it up. He did comment after the filing it became one of the best front sights to have.

I don't know a lot of his other writings, but he had a chapter on using iron sights in his first book that I thought was very interesting. He also discussed English style express sights a bit. I believe he liked them more for short ranges in the woods over the aperture sight, which he had previously thought of as being the best type in all situations. He talked about willingness to change one's views and accept new ideas on a subject, and also still endorsed the aperture sight for just about everything else.

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December 6, 2013
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I found when hunting with my original '73 this fall that once the light started really falling, I had to flip down the tiny aperture to expose the larger aperture on my tang sight. That gave me about another 20 minutes of shooting time.

December 8, 2013
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Here is a different photo of the same rifle ...

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December 16, 2013
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Beautiful old rifles and great pictures!

James

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