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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by HiTechRedneck, Nov 20, 2008.
Not so sure. .54 cal bullets are slim pickins.
1885's are one of my favorites. You don't need a scope. Go with a mid-range Creedmore sight like this:
I've got a set installed in my 1885 in 45-70. Old school but not as old as black powder. If you need a scope, an 1885 deserves a Malcolm Leatherwood:
Looks like a nice rifle. I have a williams peep on my .54 since it used to be illegal to use a scope where I hunted. It made all the difference, as I can't hit squat with typical open sights. The .54 components are a little harder to find, but shooting saboted bullets makes it a little easier. Buy a bunch of sabots and pick whatever bullets you want to use. Either way, good luck!
It's a High Wall. Throw a few more skins on the bed and skip the heating oil.
Single shot Brownings are elegant. 35 years ago I took a pass on a B78 in 30 06. Saw one about four years ago and I didn't make that mistake again...
This one has the octagonal barrel, too. Sweet shooting rifle.
I drooled over one in the early eighties. It was a 25 06. I already had a No. 1 in 270 so I passed on it. I've regretted it ever since. I can remember it sitting at the gun shop for months. Nobody seemed to want it. Good for you, beautiful rifle.
I almost traded this for a Daniel Defense AR. I'm glad though I still have it.
A lot more than an M1 Carbine. They may be close in $$$ value but nowhere near the same in usage. With an M1 you get a pistol cartridge that is not that easy to find in a easily handled rifle. With your .45 you have a good pistol cartridge in a good pistol. Your gun to do with as you wish but no way I'd swap for the carbine.
50 years ago when you could get the carbine for 20.00 from the CMP program you could find rounds pretty cheap and they were abundant, today not so much. Shot one tons and it was fine for vienna sausage cans at 40 yards, even reloaded some with the lee hand loader but all in all its nowhere near the .45 auto in value to me and I'm no big 1911 fan.
On top is an older Browning B78 High Wall in .22-250. This was the model Browning made from 1973-1982 before they started making the new 1885 High Wall model. The B78 has one pin visible on the side of the receiver, and as I recall the 1885 has two. I used to have another B78 in .25-06 back in the 70s but it was traded off for a Colt Gold Cup back in time. This one has the octagonal barrel and Timney set trigger and is a sweet little rifle. It has a number of prairie dogs to its credit. You will love yours!
Both of those rifles are nice and they both have great wood. I am a big fan of the Browning rifles. Thanks for posting the photo.
I would tend to agree for an inland carbine, I don't really know the value of a Dan Wesson, but I can tell you the value of a real nice M1 in the mid west is right at $1,000, a nice shooter about $800....now if you are talking rock-ola, IBM, or one of the other "rare" ones that is something different in tearms of value. Currently the juke box company command the highest prices....2-3x that depending on what kind of shape it is in.
The days are LONG gone in buying one for $20. They are great rifles...I have two and one 1911...if I had to sell one or the other the 1911 would be sold in a hot second.
IIRC there was a guy who did .45 ACP conversions to M1 carbines.
That said, I am not a big fan of pistol power cartridges in carbines/rifles - IMO if you are going to carry a rifle, then carry it with a rifle cartridge. My father owned an M1 carbine and I shot it a few times - I would rather have a Mini14 if you want that style of rifle, or an AK or AR, all are better rifles IMO.
I passed on a .308 at a show, and also regret it to this day. Won't happen again.
Problem is that it is not a rifle...this is the key thing many get hung up on.
It's an extremely underpowered shoulder-fired weapon that was supposed to replace a 1911 .45. It didn't.
I recently bought a ruger 10/22. Used to shoot one as a kid.
First shot at the range and I almost wondered if it had fired. A little dissapointing but don't regret buying it. If I could find a place where I could shoot at some cans or something other than paper I'm sure it will be a fun gun.
I then bought a Ruger SR22 pistol, haven't shot it yet but I'm hoping it will be more fun than the 10/22 at the indoor range. The lure of 400 rounds for $20 has me determined to enjoy shooting a .22 to supplement my other guns.
Of course now I have spent a few $$ to have the ability to save money by shooting .22 but hey it is what it is and the SR22 seems like it will be fun.
I have a bad habit of adding, "just one more box of ammo" to my bill at the range. It can add up quickly with 45 or even 9mm at the rate I go.
Now I hope to shoot that one box of the fun stuff and plink away with the .22 for a while instead of doing the, "just one more box of ammo" thing.
You will enjoy that pistol. She almost shoots like a "real" pistol and as you said the ammo is cheap. I have that, the SR40c and last week bought the SR9. The SR9 is for IDPA and steel challenge and the SR40c I will probably sell. I am not in a position to concealed carry, so that is a bit of an overkill.
Lovely pistols all of them. Trouble free with no issues. Both shoot just about any ammo out there. The SR22 is a bit finicky with Federal bulk, but it good practice to clear the pistol.
The idea being that the average rear echelon troop can make a 100 yard shot with it vs a 45 pistol. Being a light weight carbine, they are more likely to have it with them when it is needed versus handing them a big heavy rifle and expecting them to lug it and their typewriter or tool box around. I bet more enemy soldiers were killed with an M1 Carbine in WWII than with a Colt 45ACP.