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Reply #30 - Feb 15th, 2014 at 10:16am
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When I say unshootable I mean they'l wallop the snot out of you.  You'l feel 11 pounds out of a 45-90 with a 500 grn pill, 6-700 grains out of an 11 pound 50-140 will do more then massage your cheek bone.  Just because they have long range sights on them does not make them long range guns.  I suggest you take a look at the specs of the big black powder cartridge rifles and see how much they weighed.

Gunbroker usually has 45-120s with snazy steel crescent buttplates, some are gorgeous.  But they're eather to light or the buttplate cut the last owner to peices and he ends up selling it for a pittance.  At least you can sit down and put a box of shells through the Wesson, not gonna happen with that Borchardt.  If you got a Ferrari you should be able to drive it, some of those rifles would be a unpleasant to shoot.  Thats likely the reason why its listed in "like new condition".

Not blaming anyone, I like the Wesson! frankly I think theres other guns on that site that are alot worse then that Wesson.  In embellishment, form and function.

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Reply #31 - Feb 16th, 2014 at 7:09am
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That "mistake rifle" term is a good one. See a lot of Shiloh Sharps that way.  I guess the well heeled guy who watched Quigley ordered it.

I almost made a mistake with my first CPA 20 years ago. Paul Shuttleworth steered me gently to the right choice.

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Re: Frank Wesson No.1 Mid-Range on Hallowell website
Reply #32 - Feb 16th, 2014 at 9:27am
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That is one heck of a nice Borchardt.  If I could afford it, I couldn't shoot it, er, if I could afford it I could afford to have the barrel changed. What a waste.

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Reply #33 - Oct 25th, 2014 at 1:08am
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"The prettiest Wesson Mid-Range that I ever saw was a 40-70. It was silver plated and fully engraved. It came from Wesson’s shop so everything was top notch.
I have to agree it looks pretty shiny now but once the nickel softens it will look better."

May I ask where you say this engraved 40-70 ??  Was it a Wesson or Maynard 1882 chamber and barrel specs??  Do you remember the S/N??

  
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Reply #34 - Jun 23rd, 2015 at 2:31am
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Here is the best #1 Mid Range I've seen, mine of course.  Wink

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Reply #35 - Jun 23rd, 2015 at 7:56am
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Pretty rifle
  

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Reply #36 - Jul 14th, 2017 at 2:29pm
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boats wrote on Feb 12th, 2014 at 4:31pm:
Well to each it's own, Personally If I had a Wesson I would want original caliber.  Like you I prefer the 30/40 over the 30/30 in that case High Wall Winchester would be appropriate. Never made any sense to me to chamber old rifles in new calibers when original calibers are adequate.

Searching around for information on the Earle Wesson, I came across this thread a few years late. Still, I have to add my two cents to the above comment.

I'm one of those whose "own" is the opposite way. I think it admirable to chamber an older design in a newer type of cartridge. I greatly prefer smokeless and jacketed bullets, and I think it a fine honor to the designers of those older single shots to bring their work right into the 21st century. I think the .30-30 was an excellent choice for the rifle in question. Fill it up with high BC spitzers and enjoy the great reduction in wind drift!
  

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Reply #37 - Jul 14th, 2017 at 6:50pm
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I couldn't disagree more. There are millions of smokeless guns out there. Why would anyone want to ruin a beautiful original by making it into just another smokeless caliber? That's pure sacrilege. The real beauty is in bringing these old masterpieces back and shooting them with black powder in their original caliber.
  
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Reply #38 - Jul 14th, 2017 at 7:07pm
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Steve Earls actions are not originals but newly manufactured and I agree to them being used anyway one see's fit. I would like to see it being used for one's personal pleasure or for putting meat on the table for the family rather than one using a modern bolt action rifle with a sythetic stock. It's more sporting to give the game being hunted a fair opportunity to live rather than taking away that fair advantage. It's also more persoanly satisfying to know you only have one shot and possibly not any more.

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Reply #39 - Jul 14th, 2017 at 7:07pm
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Were it an original Wesson, Fogman, I might concede the point, but this is a modern production. It's a fine design, worthy of joining the times.
  

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Reply #40 - Jul 15th, 2017 at 8:37am
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Rare to see a link between money and taste.  It's all dolled up with all sorts of frill to lure the buyer with cash to burn.

My eye would go to a well done reproduction of Original.

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Reply #41 - Jul 24th, 2017 at 10:58pm
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I saw an original Frank Wesson No 1 Long Range target rifle with both tang sights in immaculate condition at the Colorado Gun Collectors Show in Denver in 2016. It was truly magnificent. If anyone wanted to do a reproduction of a Wesson rifle that's the one to go for.
  
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Re: Frank Wesson No.1 Mid-Range on Hallowell website
Reply #42 - Jul 25th, 2017 at 11:02pm
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the Earle/Wesson Long-Range Rifle that Steve Durren & Friends put together some years back as one of the earlier ASSRA "Raffle-rifles" was  one of the finest, most elegant, (my opinion of course) modern single shots produced  It had the regular tang sight setup but also a separate base on the heel of the stock for the back-position used in long range shooting.  It was the cover feature on one of the ASSRA Journals
  

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Re: Frank Wesson No.1 Mid-Range on Hallowell website
Reply #43 - Jul 26th, 2017 at 2:58am
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Just an aside, when Hallowell was in Greenwich Connecticut, he was located across from the Ferrari dealer, (maybe it was Lambo or Maserati) and called himself Maurice.(not Morris)
He had some great items in that shop. I bought an outstanding alligator take-down case.
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Re: Frank Wesson No.1 Mid-Range on Hallowell website
Reply #44 - Aug 21st, 2017 at 11:08am
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There are lots of examples of good nickel plating to be found. Check out the
plated areas of old wood stoves. Restoring one includes finding a plater doing
it the old way.

If one wants modern durability go to nitriding. I wonder if there is a nitride surface treatment that might emulate a french grey.

An Earle that was fully CC might be very attractive but not so authentic. Darned
can't win them all. Wink

or ... cast in manganese bronze for appropriate cartridges.
  
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