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July 23, 2023 - 1:47 pm
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After watching Mark unload his 1895 safe I felt shamed enough to haul out several of my own 95’s and shoot them since I have had two of them since 2018 and never shot them. I had loaded ammunition for them in ’18 as well, mild loads with cast bullets going probably 1700-1800fps Next session I’ll bump that velocity up to 2000fps, I think they will tighten up some at that speed.

 I shot three guns. The .303 made in 1905 shot well as i could see, but I can’t see the blasted brass blade front sight well. The 30 40  ca. 1925 which has curly stocks, shot to the left, after close scrutiny, the front sight is bent and somebody fooled with it with a file, removing the bead more or less. Probably going to have to look for a replacement sight. Some knuckle head mounted incorrect swivels on it in its lifetime too. But it did shoot well. The 30 06 ca 1924 shot incredibly well, plunking 10 shots in 4″ @ 100 yards off of a rest. Having a Lyman 21 on it probably had a lot to do with how well it shoots! I had reservations buying this one at a local shop. The bore had stuff growing in it and has been stored poorly in the past, active crusty rust patches on the outside. The bore had improved a lot with some scrubbing with chore boy and ended up excellent after shooting. I’m pretty happy with it now! All three  guns performed better than my expectations. So thank you Mr. Douglas for giving me inspiration!

These guns are much more pleasant to shoot than my .405!

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Brooksy,

You’re very welcome! I enjoy hearing about these old guns coming out of the safe and having a field day, doing what they were made for.  I find all my 95’s pleasant to shoot except for the 35 and 405 calibers with full power loads.  One of my many planned projects is to work up mild loads for both in order to make them more enjoyable for target shooting.  Let us know how you progress on getting your 95’s dialed in.  Mark

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Good job, Brooksy! The 30US is my biggest reason for owning an 1895. Interesting to load and cast for, fun to shoot. Thanks to recent posts here it is an active project again. 

 

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Brooksy said
After watching Mark unload his 1895 safe I felt shamed enough to haul out several of my own 95’s and shoot them since I have had two of them since 2018 and never shot them. I had loaded ammunition for them in ’18 as well, mild loads with cast bullets going probably 1700-1800fps Next session I’ll bump that velocity up to 2000fps, I think they will tighten up some at that speed.

 I shot three guns. The .303 made in 1905 shot well as i could see, but I can’t see the blasted brass blade front sight well. The 30 40  ca. 1925 which has curly stocks, shot to the left, after close scrutiny, the front sight is bent and somebody fooled with it with a file, removing the bead more or less. Probably going to have to look for a replacement sight. Some knuckle head mounted incorrect swivels on it in its lifetime too. But it did shoot well. The 30 06 ca 1924 shot incredibly well, plunking 10 shots in 4″ @ 100 yards off of a rest. Having a Lyman 21 on it probably had a lot to do with how well it shoots! I had reservations buying this one at a local shop. The bore had stuff growing in it and has been stored poorly in the past, active crusty rust patches on the outside. The bore had improved a lot with some scrubbing with chore boy and ended up excellent after shooting. I’m pretty happy with it now! All three  guns performed better than my expectations. So thank you Mr. Douglas for giving me inspiration!

These guns are much more pleasant to shoot than my .405!

  

Great story and outcome Brooksy!  And yes, Mark can be kind of like a drug dealer – it’s easy to get pulled into what he has to offer Wink Of course, most of us are already plenty pulled in already, so he really can’t be blamed.  I really enjoy his videos and have forwarded them to several friends and acquaintances.  I have a co-worker who doesn’t own a single Winchester or collectible firearm – and he’s seen every one of Mark’s videos.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

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