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Show Us Your Beaters!
February 24, 2020
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Just found this thread and will offer up a real beater of my own…

It has been carried for countless hours for small game and plinking.  One of my favorite little shooters.  My kids are starting to enjoy it as well.  It came from the estate of an old car dealer that took it in trade as partial down payment on a car back in the early 40’s.  He never used it so it probably sat like this for years before I got it.  Looks rougher than a cob but shoots just fine. I have had it roughly 20 yrs or so.

 

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February 25, 2020
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No words to describe this one, it shoots great!

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February 25, 2020
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JWA said
No words to describe this one, it shoots great!

  

Gas vents–previous owner suffered blowback from a burst rim & wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again.

February 26, 2020
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Someone should have taken the drill away from that guy.  Wonder what the rest of his guns look like?

February 26, 2020
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Those are speed holes. They make it go faster.

February 26, 2020
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Strewth! You could play that like a recorder! What a shambles!

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February 26, 2020
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Anyone for a game of cribbage?

February 26, 2020
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clarence said

Gas vents–previous owner suffered blowback from a burst rim & wanted to make sure it didn’t happen again.  

All plausible ideas, you guys crack me up!

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February 27, 2020
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JWA said

All plausible ideas, you guys crack me up!  

Probably the ultra-rare lightweight model. Those holes are part of the weight-reduction measures. They even deleted the bolt handle to further reduce weight but somewhere along the way someone wisely added one. 

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March 13, 2020
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Here is my shooter 1876 sporting rifle in .45-75.  Just a plain, brown gun but it has an excellent bore and aDSC09984-1024x576.jpgImage EnlargerDSC09980-1024x576.jpgImage Enlarger set trigger that works.  I’m just a fool for set triggers.  The left side of the stock looks like worms or a woodpecker got to it.  

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March 14, 2020
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Bill Hockett said
Here is my shooter 1876 sporting rifle in .45-75.  Just a plain, brown gun but it has an excellent bore and aDSC09984-1024x576.jpgImage EnlargerDSC09980-1024x576.jpgImage Enlarger set trigger that works.  I’m just a fool for set triggers.  The left side of the stock looks like worms or a woodpecker got to it.    

That’s not really a beater considering how old it is.

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April 13, 2020
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I agree with Old Logger , that’s a nice Collector/ occasional Shooter !

April 14, 2020
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That ’76 doesn’t look like brown gun to me. It seems to have a significant amount of blue on the receiver. I would be happy if I  owned one this nice.

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Hey Bill, show them the one you bought from me.

April 21, 2020
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Here is the 1876 I bought from Rick.   She’s a daisy, but definitely not a beater.  This has the very rare Winchester combination front sight only offered a few years.

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And definitely NOT a beater…

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April 23, 2020
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Some of you may have seen this Beauty already, but many Wonders in Life are well worth experiencing more than once.

I bought this intending to use it for parts.  It grew on me; I won’t be “ruining” it.  Plus, its bore is dandy and it shoots quite accurately.

Replaced the lower tang…cracked.  A few screws.  Cleaned it well.  Shot it, shot it, shot it.  One FINE Winchester!

 

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I’ve posted these before but thought I’d share again.  I picked this rifle up at a non-gun auction that happened to have a few guns in it. It was made in 1898.  It’s a 38-55.  It was a bucket of rust. I stopped degradation with generous soaking of CLP all over, inside and out. I could redo the wood, and try to bring back the metal, but that is not the look I like. This gun looks perfect to me the way it is.
It was missing the front site blade, rear site elevator, spring cover, and carrier screw (it had non-gun screw in there instead). It had a broken magazine spring, firing pin, and ejector. The carrier was bent and some screws were missing.
I bought an 1898 Buffalo Head Nickel, cut it down and put it in as a front sight post. I replaced the other missing and broken parts with originals, if they were available, and modern after-market parts if not. The only thing I haven’t replaced yet is the ejector. The only way to get one when I was looking was to buy the whole bolt. I’ll get around to that someday. This bolt works fine so all I need is the ejector. I salvaged the carrier by bending it back into shape.
I sent a few rounds down range and it functions fine (except ejecting). I didn’t sit down for serious accuracy but it seems pretty accurate and has an excellent bore.
I prefer older models but I really like the looks of this post-frontier rifle. It is a good display gun, in my subjective eye. I have others that you guys would consider beaters but they aren’t as rough as this gun.
I did this with the help of members of this board. Thank you all.

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Here’s another one you’ve seen before.  Left factory as 38-56.  Someone put a 40-65 bbl on it.  I had it bored out to 45-70.  I’ve killed a lot of deer with it, most were mercy killings near road.  It’s my “user” around the property.  I like it because it’s dark.

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Glad to see those 2 are still doing their job.

Shoot low boys. They're riding Shetland Ponies.

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