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Maynard 1873 Model #8 2 barrel set w/ box
Feb 8th, 2019 at 11:34pm
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Two "new to me" Maynard rifles arrived in the mail today and this 2nd one is an 1873 Model #8 two barrel set in an old wooden traveling box.  The action was originally nickeled and it came with a Maynard tang sight.  The first barrel is 20" with 3 3/4" octagon and the balance round chambered in .35-30 Maynard thick rim.  The second barrel is 26" also with a 3 3/4" octagon breech section with the balance round and chambered for .64 calibre smoothbore (aka 20 gauge).  The action is serial number 3806 and both barrels are serial numbered to match the action.  It came supplied in an old wooden traveling box designed to hold the action, the 2 barrels, and some accessories.  Again, the .35-30 has a very good bore although a little hazy in the throat area.  I'll give it a good scrubbing with several applications of Hoppes #9 bore solvent and see if it improves too.  The .64 SB / 20 gauge barrel has no pitting, but again it's a bit hazy which could scrub up with some cleaning efforts.  The set came supplied with some "shooter" brass for the .35-30 formed from shortened .30-30 cases, and one original .64 SB case.  It also has a few hand reloading tools and what appear to be some original Maynard conical bullets for the .35-30.  One of the hand tools is a bullet seating die for the .35-30 plus there is a wooden wad rammer and a stiff carboard / pressed paper tube that is a slip fit inside the one supplied Maynard .64 calibre SB / 20 gauge case, so I assume that it is for pouring powder into the shell?  It also came with two Maynard catalogue reprints which will be good for reference material in future.

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Reply #1 - Feb 8th, 2019 at 11:37pm
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now you have the rifle and the box its a long road to find all the little thing to fill all those little holes. Ken
  
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kensmachine wrote on Feb 8th, 2019 at 11:37pm:
now you have the rifle and the box its a long road to find all the little thing to fill all those little holes. Ken


Got a few goodies with the set, but not nearly enough to fill up all of those little holes ...

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Reply #5 - Feb 9th, 2019 at 9:35am
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You take good pictures, Pilgrim. Another nice rifle for you to play with. I know a guy in Ohio who who shoots a 35/30 and swears it is the most fun gun he has. I've got to get mine going.
  
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Reply #6 - Feb 9th, 2019 at 10:20am
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Very nice acquisition Al! That box with the two barrel set it way cool! I love guns and boxes like that!
  

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Reply #7 - Feb 9th, 2019 at 11:55am
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Very well done on both Maynards, thank you for sharing Al.

I have had my eyes on two currently on sale here over the pond (as strange as it may seem  Smiley ) , but the odd caliber and specific brass have put me off (and the price tag as well... Sad )

Your picture might make me reconsider the brass part of the equation...
  
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Reply #8 - Feb 9th, 2019 at 1:06pm
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Deadeye Bly wrote on Feb 9th, 2019 at 9:35am:
You take good pictures, Pilgrim. Another nice rifle for you to play with. I know a guy in Ohio who who shoots a 35/30 and swears it is the most fun gun he has. I've got to get mine going.


Thanks!  If you get a chance could you please ask your friend in Ohio what he is shooting in his .35-30 for cast bullets and loads?  I'd appreciate any input he could supply.
  

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freebird wrote on Feb 9th, 2019 at 11:55am:
Very well done on both Maynards, thank you for sharing Al.

I have had my eyes on two currently on sale here over the pond (as strange as it may seem  Smiley ) , but the odd caliber and specific brass have put me off (and the price tag as well... Sad )

Your picture might make me reconsider the brass part of the equation...


Don't let the Maynard thick rim cases put you off, there are a couple of options to make "shooter" brass. Depending on chamber length .303 British or .30-40 Krag brass can be fire-formed and used with an adaptor washer either loose or pressed on.  If they aren't totally out of your budget I suspect that you would thoroughly enjoy owning and shooting an old Maynard rifle ...

This is a fire-forming session with my 1873 Maynard in .40-60 thick rim.

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Reply #10 - Feb 9th, 2019 at 1:17pm
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For the .35-30 Maynard I just bought the previous owner re-worked .30-30 cases to fit the chamber and then used steel washers of the correct thickness either soft soldered or glued onto the inside of the rims to get the correct headspace ...

  

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Reply #11 - Feb 9th, 2019 at 2:30pm
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Where did you end up finding the rings to use with your .303 brass? I recall you looking for them last summer, but didn't hear where you finally found them?
  

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Contact our forum member and Maynard authority "Deadeye Bly" and you might just get a very pleasant surprise ...

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Reply #13 - Feb 9th, 2019 at 4:10pm
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I don't need any Al. Don't own a Maynard, but who knows; maybe someday I will!
  

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Careful!  If the Maynard bug bites you there'll be no turning back!

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