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Jun 9th, 2017 at 10:50pm
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Just picked this guy up in 38-55.
32" part octagon Remington Arms Co. barrel with an excellent bore.
Came with a set of Circassian walnut benchrest left hand stocks also, plus breech seater, bullets and brass.
The top tang is marked G. Giddings, anyone familiar with him?
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Reply #1 - Jun 9th, 2017 at 11:56pm
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That's Nice!

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Reply #2 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 6:45am
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Nice for sure. Heavy barrel.  You going to work up some loads to shoot BR with it? 


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Reply #3 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 7:36am
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Thanks Guys,
I went to my first BPCR shoot at the Central Florida Rifle range near Orlando last week.
They shoot monthly, black powder only, 300 yds. max.
They say 38-55 should be enough, but I have another Heppy in 40-70 SS with a great bore and less finish, I'll probably use that one.
I don't cast yet, any suggestions for store bought?
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Re: New Hepburn
Reply #4 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 7:55am
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Giddings was a famous stock maker who worked for Remington and made stocks for High grade Hepburns(maybe others too. I don't know) I think if you look in Jim Grants books you will find some information on him.
  

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Reply #5 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 8:17am
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Thanks, with your info I linked to this:
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Reply #6 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 8:40am
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Appears to be very nice indeed and congratulations on your new to you purchase.

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Reply #7 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 11:20am
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Aaron, A really beautiful Hepburn. Enjoy. Dale.
  

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Reply #8 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 12:29pm
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Remington had two in house stock makers at that time who did all the high end stock work on the expensive guns. Giddings was one of them, but I can't find my data telling me who the other was?
Surprisingly Remington allowed both men to stamp the stocks in hidden areas with their names. Not a usual thing for most gun makers, and I don't know of any others who allowed employees to do what Remington did.
My Hepburn Match B is also a GIDDINGS marked stock.
  

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The other guy was probably William Dehl.
Found it in a link posted on Double Gun.
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Rebel wrote on Jun 10th, 2017 at 12:37pm:
The other guy was probably William Dehl.
Found it in a link posted on Double Gun.
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Thanks Aaron! I wasn't even going to guess, as my memory isn't great!
But the new Hepburn is stunning, and a very good purchase!
  

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Reply #11 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 4:09pm
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Thats a beauty!
  

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Reply #12 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 8:40pm
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Very nice!! That is a heavy barrel. Not sure how it would work for off-hand.
Get in touch with Tom Klinger (who posts here) in FL. He is also an original Hepburn shooter and can "show you the ropes" for that match. The reason it is BP only is that it is an NRA BPCR match and that is what the rules dictate. Am sure they would allow you to shoot that rifle, but with the Schuetzen butt-plate am guessing you could not figure in the final scoring for a win. No hooked butt-plates of any sort in NRA BP matches. After you 'get your groove' at the 300yd FL match, you can try your hand at the 500m (std distance) BPCR matches in MS and GA.
  

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Reply #13 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 9:53pm
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Thanks Glenn.
I have another Hepburn in 40-70 to shoot, or a Ballard #5 in 40-65 that should meet the rules.
This one will see some bench rest, another set of stocks comes with.
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Reply #14 - Jun 10th, 2017 at 10:07pm
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Aaron, that's sure a nice rifle. I'm beginning to think that I must be the only guy here that's without one of those very appealing rifles.............oh well. Smiley
  
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