new to me any way. original Winchester 1885 high wall, chambered in 40-70 Ballard, made in 1893. I have had a few reproduction guns over the years but always wanted an original. what a shooter! first shot was low, moved rear sight up and second shot still low. moved again and center punched the target at 35 yards. same on steel at 50, 75 and then 100. took 2 shots at the 140 and hit 2" low 3" apart with a 12" high hold. blackpowder and cast bullet loads. very impressive rifles!
still getting used to the sights and the hard trigger. may have to have someone lighten it up for me. 140 yard steel target, 20"x 20". hopefully, I will have all the reloading supplies here this week and I can get serious!
I finally received the custom dies, some brass made from 40-90 sharps, blackpowder measurer, bullets ect. and made a batch of lube. reloaded 21 rounds today and hopefully I will get to shoot them in the next couple days. I am still waiting on 60 pcs of custom brass that should be here in a couple weeks, but the ones I have will work for now.
I had a heavy barrel original Hepburn in 40-50 sharps straight and made brass from 303 Brit cartridge cases. It was a nice little shooter. Softer recoil and pleasant to shoot. The old work horses are fun to shoot but can be mighty cantankerous in their appetite.
some updates, and I don't know if anyone else is even interested in this stuff but: I got some trigger work done and put some good sights on the gun and have been shooting it a lot. but, it just really wasn't shooting as good as we thought it should be. 3"-5" groups at 140 yards, just seemed like it should be better. fast forward, after a lot of investigating and shooting, we figured out that this rifle was built to shoot paper patch bullets. after some sight adjustments last night, I shot a 6 shot 2" group with it at 140 yards, now I am happy!!!!!! tomorrow night I will get some more loaded and send some more down range. pictures of the sights and patching bullets.