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Old 11-02-2019, 08:38 AM
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As much as I love a good flintlock rifle, I love an old Winchester far more, especially a lever action. I killed this doe a couple years ago on a frosty morning in November with my Model '86 in 40-65. It was made in 1894, the year my beloved paternal grandfather was born. I've killed a bunch of deer with it over the years an it does a fine job of putting one on the ground. It's easy to reload for, very accurate, recoils not near as bad as my 45-90-300. I bet the men that built it 125 years ago never dreamed it would still be hunted with a century an a quarter later. She's still got a lot of good years left in her.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:17 AM
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I have to admit to more than a little bit of envy. Aside from it being a neat gun, in obviously good condition, what an experience to be able to carry Grandpa's rifle. And think how pleased he would be to know you are still putting it to work. Thanks for the post.
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Old 11-02-2019, 12:51 PM
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As much as I love a good flintlock rifle, I love an old Winchester far more, especially a lever action. I killed this doe a couple years ago on a frosty morning in November with my Model '86 in 40-65. It was made in 1894, the year my beloved paternal grandfather was born. I've killed a bunch of deer with it over the years an it does a fine job of putting one on the ground. It's easy to reload for, very accurate, recoils not near as bad as my 45-90-300. I bet the men that built it 125 years ago never dreamed it would still be hunted with a century an a quarter later. She's still got a lot of good years left in her.
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I have read that the 40-65 was a very well liked Cartridge,that is a fine looking rifle!
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I have to admit to more than a little bit of envy. Aside from it being a neat gun, in obviously good condition, what an experience to be able to carry Grandpa's rifle. And think how pleased he would be to know you are still putting it to work. Thanks for the post.
Well spoken Sir! Grandpa islooking down with a smile for sure!
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As much as I love a good flintlock rifle, I love an old Winchester far more, especially a lever action. I killed this doe a couple years ago on a frosty morning in November with my Model '86 in 40-65. It was made in 1894, the year my beloved paternal grandfather was born. I've killed a bunch of deer with it over the years an it does a fine job of putting one on the ground. It's easy to reload for, very accurate, recoils not near as bad as my 45-90-300. I bet the men that built it 125 years ago never dreamed it would still be hunted with a century an a quarter later. She's still got a lot of good years left in her.
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That is one awesome looking rifle and nice deer with a wonderful story!!! I enjoyed reading it....
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Good story, thank you for sharring.

Got any more pics of the rifle? Looks to be in very good condition. Looks like it might havs some engraving on it.
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That is one fine rifle and deer, ricky!
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NICE!
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That is what is nice about quality rifles. They can be used for many generations if they are taken care of.
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As much as I love a good flintlock rifle, I love an old Winchester far more, especially a lever action. I killed this doe a couple years ago on a frosty morning in November with my Model '86 in 40-65. It was made in 1894, the year my beloved paternal grandfather was born. I've killed a bunch of deer with it over the years an it does a fine job of putting one on the ground. It's easy to reload for, very accurate, recoils not near as bad as my 45-90-300. I bet the men that built it 125 years ago never dreamed it would still be hunted with a century an a quarter later. She's still got a lot of good years left in her.


Tom Black

I have an 1895 Winchester Carbine in 30-40 Krag that was made in 1904. I have been seriously thinking about taking it deer hunting this coming weekend. You have inspired me
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Judging by the pictures you have posted, I don't think you need any of the so called modern rifles.
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what a beautiful gun with a matching history behind it;
Very nice photo too!
Thanks for sharing.
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A friend was sighting in his 1873 44 40 at our club last weekend, getting ready for November 15. It has a 30" barrel and interior parts are all brass.
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