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Thread: Why do I want a current 1885 high wall trapper?

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    Why do I want a current 1885 high wall trapper?

    My favorite single shot is the browning high wall design..

    Winchester had made some by Miroku not too long ago. Most have been sold but the 16Ē trappers. I didnít really want one that small and prefer the version with the pistol grip stock and action tang. These are straight grip but they have neat ladder sights.


    I keep thinking I want one in .30-40 or maybe even .38-55. Not sure how good the short barrel on the .30-40 would work.


    Your thoughts? Advice.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Wouldn't be the end of the world to own one, I think they're pretty sporty. But, short. If anything you have an excellent platform to build whatever you want down the road.

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    That has crossed my mind too but at $900 that’s an expensive kit.

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    I have a Trapper in 38-55 and it is my most favored rifle for recreational shooting...shoots great to about 300 yards, and is clay-target accurate at 100 all day long! Short, handy, and easy to load for. I have about 2,500 rounds through mine and it is just a pleasure to handle. I bought a 2012 shot show special Sporting Winchester in 38-55 to have a long target model, and my trapper ended up shooting just as good or better! Highly recommended...one important note: at 5'8", it fits me perfectly...taller people have to cram it into their body as the length of pull is pretty short....I could go on, lol


    Quote Originally Posted by Lance Boyle View Post
    My favorite single shot is the browning high wall design..

    Winchester had made some by Miroku not too long ago. Most have been sold but the 16Ē trappers. I didnít really want one that small and prefer the version with the pistol grip stock and action tang. These are straight grip but they have neat ladder sights.


    I keep thinking I want one in .30-40 or maybe even .38-55. Not sure how good the short barrel on the .30-40 would work.


    Your thoughts? Advice.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Well I got the short thing going for me for once.

    Taco, do you know your .38-55 groove diameter? My Taylor Arms Uberti .38-55 has a .382+ groove diameter. It’s a heavy pig though, I don’t see me going up the mountainside with it.

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    Not a fan of short barrels on a single shot, especially with iron sights and the rear sight on the barrel. Makes for a very short sighting radius, and not conducive to great accuracy, even if the gun is very accurate.
    I wouldn't saddle myself with such a handicap.

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    My Ruger #3 in 30-40 Krag is the bomb!!
    It is fun to shoot and easy to carry
    I do have it scoped
    Mike
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    The.30-40 is a sweet set up for cast bullets.

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    I bought one in 30-40 and one in 45-70 when CDNN had them for $799. The 45-70 is pretty harsh recoil wise with the steel butt plate, but it is an accurate rifle. The 30-40 is a pleasure to shoot and is a great cast bullet rifle. I mounted an old Redfield 2 3/4X20 Wideview scope on mine and it is very accurate. I've taken deer with the 30-40 and it did a nice job. I've been kicking myself for not getting a 38-55 before they raised the price a hundred dollars.

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    I would like one and I would call it Stubby. 30-40 would be fine.

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