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Texas Ranger Photo - Any idea of what caliber?
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March 13, 2021 - 4:08 pm
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It’s really hard to tell.  In my opinion, it is an 1895 carbine.  It looks like a necked case cartridge to me, I will say .30 Army (.30-40 Krag).  

As always, your mileage may vary…

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I agree with Bill.  The cartridge belt is clearly looped for a bottleneck cartridge, since it has a loop for the base of the case and another smaller diameter loop for the neck.  .30-40, .30-06 ?   Great photos!

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Bill Hockett said
It’s really hard to tell.  In my opinion, it is an 1895 carbine.  It looks like a necked case cartridge to me, I will say .30 Army (.30-40 Krag).  

 

Could be, but the Rangers were issued quite a few ’95s in .30-06.

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I thought they looked bigger than a 30-06 – but maybe he was just a smaller size guy…

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The Texas Rangers of that era also carried Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbines.  Nearly 20-years ago, Little John Gangle auction auctioned off the Charlie Shriner collection of Texas Ranger arms and accouterments, and there were more than a dozen Model 1894 SRCs that sold.  In the early 1940s, the Texas Rangers rearmed themselves with Model 94 Carbines.  I have at least (6) 1941 production Carbines in my survey that are attributed to the Texas Ranger that they were issued to.

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Bert H. said
The Texas Rangers of that era also carried Winchester Model 1894 Saddle Ring Carbines.  Nearly 20-years ago, Little John Gangle auction auctioned off the Charlie Shriner collection of Texas Ranger arms and accouterments, and there were more than a dozen Model 1894 SRCs that sold.

I was privileged to see that fabulous collection, or part of it, in the early ’70s when I spent a week-end at the YO ranch.  Now, it’s been turned into a mega-resort, but then, there were a just a few very rustic guest cottages.  Somehow, I struck up a conversation with Mr. Shriner, which turned to guns, as a result of which I was ushered into his gun room–which wasn’t, I’m pretty sure, part of the regular program for guests.  Don’t really remember much about the collection, except that it was overwhelming, & that it would have taken far longer than the short time I was there to see it all.  Don’t believe I’ve remembered this incident before now.

What I remember more clearly was the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, which I made a point of visiting every time I drove through Waco. Wouldn’t be surprised if some of the collection wound up there.

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The Arizona Rangers equipped themselves with 1895 carbines in .30-40 Krag. The cartridges in his belt look longer than  a .30WCF but I can’t  get it to a big enough image or fine enough resolution to tell. If he was a Texas Ranger I imagine he would have been a big fella. I met a cowboy at the JA Ranch at Palo Duro canyon who must have been 7′ tall without the Stetson!, 

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Maybe it’s the angle but they look to me to be longer than the rifle butt…

On a ’73 saddle ring crescent a 30-06 is around an inch shorter.

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Bert H. said
 Nearly 20-years ago, Little John Gangle auction auctioned off the Charlie Shriner collection of Texas Ranger arms and accouterments, and there were more than a dozen Model 1894 SRCs that sold.

April of 2003 to be exact.

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