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A shout-to Brad Dunbar and our family's .33 WCF's.
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February 18, 2023 - 11:21 pm
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While looking for something else, I happened on the Brad’s Winter 2015 article in the WACA magazine, “Hunting with the Old .33.”  I had missed this fine article and was thrilled to find it.  The commonality of experiences I run into here is amazing.  His grandfather hunted with a .33 in the northern Wisconsin woods and my dad hunted with a .33 in the northern Minnesota woods.  Both rifles had half magazines, shotgun butts and Marbles tang sights.  My uncle also hunted with a .33 as did Brad’s uncle.  And like Brad’s family’s experience, our family’s .33’s saw progressively less action to the non-availability of ammunition.  

Here’s a picture of my Dad with his .33 in 1958.  He was very successful with that rifle and thought it was the ideal deer rifle.

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That’s neat Steve.  It looks like it was a mild November in the photo.

I still use the .33 sometimes and there’s actually an article about that in the next issue.

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Brad Dunbar said
That’s neat Steve.  It looks like it was a mild November in the photo.

I still use the .33 sometimes and there’s actually an article about that in the next issue.

  

I am looking forward to that article!

I hunted a lot of years during the early November northern Minnesota firearms season.  Weather would vary from green grass and t-shirt weather to deep plenty of snow and bitter wind/temperatures.  As a very young hunter, I had never heard of hypothermia.  Later, as I gained knowledge of things, I realized how many times I had actually experienced that condition (e.g. after I climbed down from from the deer stand, I would fall down when I tried to walk).  Thankfully, not every year was that cold.

After the .33, Dad used three different deer rifles.  That meant he used four different deer rifles during the course of his 65+ year deer hunting career.  The only one of those four rifles that didn’t jam on him was his .33.

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Thanks for posting the pic and hunting memories, Steve. I’m looking forward to the article, too, Brad. My modest collection has a hole where an 1886 should be and in spite of my aversion to new (to me) cartridges my 1886 will probably be a .33. I load and cast for the 45-70 and 45-90 but for a number of reasons I suspect a .33 will fill that hole someday. For now a 71 will have to do.

 

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