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Thread: .45 Colt in Winchester 1873

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    Boolit Master Grapeshot's Avatar
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    Feb 2009

    .45 Colt in Winchester 1873

    For all of you who shoot the Uberti 1873 Winchester copy in .45 Colt, I have one to brag about.

    Back in 1981 I ordered a Winchester 1873 Carbine from Navy Arms. When I received the rifle it was chambered for .44 WCF. Having a handgun in .45 Colt, I wanted a lever gun in the same caliber. I engaged the services of a great gunsmith, Bill Gostomsky, who now resides in Western Maryland.

    I had him replace the barrel with a Douglas .45 caliber barrel and chambered for the .45 Colt. The rate of twist was 1:16, something I insisted on. After a four month wait, I finally got my rifle back. With Lee 255 grain RNFP's it shoot 1.5 inches at 75 feet.

    The best group I got was with Winchester .45 Colt and their 255 grain conical. This was before the various "Cowboy" loads we have today.

    This rifle proved to be a great plinker and fun gun and was used by me at the 1984 End of Trail.

    I used this rifle in cowboy action matches up until 1999 when I went over to Black Powder and started using an 1866 Yellowboy.

    It still gets dragged out when I shoot in a "Wild Bunch match when I use smokeless in all my firearms..

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    Boolit Master

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    Apr 2005
    Eastern South Dakota

    That sounds excellent, but you know that here on the interweb it didn't happen without pics!

    Cogito, ergo armatum sum.

    (I think, therefore I'm armed.)

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