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So, I always wanted a 38-55 and I had a Savage #99 that another TFF member wanted, so we traded. It was a regular post 64 that was re-barreled with a Alberta Diamond Jubilee commemorative barrel. I have shot it some and even shot a deer with it.

Friday I went to my favorite LGS that has a 25' indoor range and shot it for show. Offhand, but leaning against the divider wall I shot a good open sight group. I just wanted to know where (kinda) it was hitting. The bottom 7 holes were warm up shots, figuring out where to put the bead, etc (when its been a couple of years since you shot it, you need to get comfortable again) and then the 3 shot group for money uhm Venison. I really felt good about the group and the feel of a good strong lever action snugged against my cheek.

One day, I will buy one of my dream guns.A 38-55 1894 SRC made before 1925. But until then, I have this pretty carbine!
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Plus it's already drilled & tapped for a peep sight. Williams 5D a good one?
 
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That's what I have on the 30/30. Works fine.
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What is more proper than a slab sided, lever action rifle in a truly classic cartridge and equipped with an aperture sight, preferably an old, steel Lyman or Redfield but, a Williams will darn sure do!! Well done all the way around...
 

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I have two Model 94's, both in 30-30 caliber. One has a Williams rear aperture sight and the other a Lyman Tang sight. I would rate the two sights to be equal. However I think the Tang sight gives the rifle a more interesting look.

A number of my friends leave their 94's in the cabinets. I often take mine into the blinds and when I get a shots at hogs, I use them.

That's a very nice looking 38-55 you have 45nut.
 

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Thanks guys. Hey Alpo, very nice looking carbines. Is that bottom one a 44 Mag?

I have killed deer, turkey & hogs with my 94's & 92.
 

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Looks as if they're all '94's to me.
 

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No it's a 30/30.

I thought the old lady took it when she left, so I bought me another one with a 20 inch barrel and blonde wood. then I found that one on the shelf in the top of the safe. Not needing two 30/30s, I sent that blonde one away to have some work done. Then I fell into yet another 30/30.

Then somebody made me an offer I could not refuse, and that blonde one went to - Texas?

I'm glad you blooded it.
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Glad to have it in my stable of lever actions!
1 - 94 in 30-30
1 - 94 in 38-55
1- Pre 64 94 in 32 WS
1 - Rossi 92 in .357 Mag
1 - Uberti 1866 in 45 Colt
1 - Savage 99 in .243
1 - Marlin 39A (1951) .22
1 - Henry Repeating Arms .22
 

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The "word" is that the rifles are more accurate than the carbines because the rifles don't have the encircling front stock band. Without the band, the barrel is allowed to harmonically vibrate the same way with every shot...it says here.

For a couple decades my obsession was lever guns...I have a few! The prettiest ones are the Browning clones of Winchester models. The most accurate one I have is a 1950's Savage Model 99 in 300 Savage. I also have a few real Winchesters. The couple of Italian clones (and Brazilian clones) that I have were less than stellar performers and I would not recommend them at all. If you don't reload then you had better stay with common calibers in your choice of guns. I do, so ammo is no problem for me.

Today I lust for different rifles and pistols. But I still keep and shoot my little collection of Old West style guns including levers.

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The two Italian Uberti, 1873 rifles I have/had in 44-40 shoot/shot as good as any original Winchester I ever owned, (see 44-40 thread in reloading forum), and better than a lot of them.....and I have owned a BUNCH of originals, '73's, 86's, 92's and 94's. Have yet to try a '95 or '71 but I'd like to. I wouldn't be concerned about the accuracy of the Italian clones.
 
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Here's a couple of pics of my 38-55. Started life as a beat up 30-30 with a buttstock broken off at the wrist. Replaced the wood with a commemorative second purchased cheap. Originally put a Williams aperture sight on it but replaced it with a Marbles full buckhorn when it became a 38-55. Williams makes a fine sight; just looked too new. I call it my 38-55 bargain basement short rifle :D IMG_0708.jpg
 

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pdk, that's pretty decent wood in the butt!! Sooo...how does it shoot? Typical of 38-55 reputation, quite accurate?
 

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My .357 Mag Rossi 92 Puma is their 2nd generation and the wood to metal fit is much better than the first, the receiver is case hardened and it is dead eye dick! I have killed 5 or 6 does with it. My Uberti 1866 45 Colt is brand new and so far I have only shot it with 250 gr lead PMC rounds. I anticipate good accuracy from it as well. I had an early 44-40 Uberti 73 carbine that I used to shoot at the 18" 300 yard metal plate in the Arizona desert outside Mesa. I hit it often enough to enjoy the bang.......ping!

Carbine with a rifle but, nice!
 
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pdk, that's pretty decent wood in the butt!! Sooo...how does it shoot? Typical of 38-55 reputation, quite accurate?
Thanks, sharps. Gets a bit better than and inch and a half at 50 yards with the buckhorn sight. Cast nominal 250 grain (actually drops about 258) flatnose over RX 7. Funny thing, not quite as good as with the aperture sight, LOL. Too late for deer season, but it put the skids on a hog back in March. Liked the result (put the new wood on a some years back and kept it as a 30-30 until last winter) so much that I bought some more fancy wood seconds and put them on my pre-64 trappers and Model 92 knockoffs. Had to find coins to put in the cutouts and forends that more or less matched the butts, but they all look more "authentic" to me. The trappers have full buckhorn sights; the knockoffs have aperture sights mounted on the bolts. My one pre-64 Model 94 has a Lyman tang sight. +1 with shanghai, just looks better.
 

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pdk,
We are going to need some more pictures please!! My pre-64 94 is 32 WS with the original rear sight. Not a buckhorn , just the plain old every day sight.
 
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The Italian '73 I have has a distortion in the barrel bore right under the rear sight cut. I can feel it with a cleaning patch and see it with a crude bore scope. The Italian pistol shot to the side and I had to over rotate the barrel in the frame and bend the sight to get the gun to shoot to point of aim. The Brazilian 22 pump had horrible (!!!!) accuracy and I dumped it. The Brazilian semi-auto (clone of Winchester Model 63) was so inaccurate that I had to re-crown the barrel to get reasonable accuracy and clean up the internals of the action to get it to feed reliably. The Taurus Colt Lightning pump clone would not feed SAAMI spec ammo (too long) and needs reloads with an OAL less than SAAMI nominal. The guns looked great but as a shooter I was/am disappointed before I did a bit of gunsmithing on them.

I do have a real Winchester Model 71 that is an excellent gun as well as a beautiful Browning Winchester clone Model 95. All the Brownings I have are beautifully made and beautiful to look at, even better than Winchester originals. I have 8 Brownings!

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That is....a bit uncommon your groups are better with the buck horn sight...why you figger that?

Just from what I remember of most commemoratives, I believe I'd prefer a coin.
 
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