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Lunch with an old friend.
April 17, 2018
11:26 pm
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A few weeks ago I grabbed my 118 year old ’86 in 45-90, threw some things into my Frost River Isle Royale Jr. pack that Santa brought last Christmas and hiked to a favorite rock house near the top of Middle Knob and made lunch.

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Fire was made with flint, steel and char cloth.

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My rifle is just a standard grade ’86 but the neat thing about it are the sights, a Lyman #4 ivory bead front and a full California buckhorn rear.

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For lunch, I made some tea and baked some fresh bannock.

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While the bread baked, I fried a ribeye in olive oil that I seasoned with a few spices. Just as it came off the fire, I drizzled some aged balsamic vinegar over it. At home I took Irish butter and mixed some chopped garlic and fresh parsley together. This was allowed to melt on the steak before eating. Cooked to medium rare, it was perfect.

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Ive had my 45-90 for many years, of my four 86’s it’s my favorite. An of all the lever actions, the Model 1886 is hands down my favorite. I’ve killed a bunch of deer with this old rifle and she still has a lot of life left in her.

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Hope you gentlemen enjoyed tagging along with a old fellow.

Tom Black

April 18, 2018
2:31 am
New Mexico
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Good anecdote. Now I wish I hadn’t had dinner already.


"This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." 

April 18, 2018
11:38 am
Cedar City, Utah
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Thanks for sharing this wonderful experience with your old Friend, and thanks for the great photos…

April 18, 2018
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Very nicely done and well told.




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April 21, 2018
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Great story and photos – thanks!


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April 26, 2018
5:53 am
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Whoa!  I can smell that steak from here!

There is nothing that compares to a day outdoors with a Winchester friend.  Beautiful rifle.

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