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Hey Duke, Big Jake #1001 here, we met at End of Trail 1985-86? I was Heavy Duty back then and changed to Big Jake when I joined SASS Feb, 1988. Nice looking shooter, over the years .38-40 WCF has become my favorite Caliber too. I have 2 Colts from 1900 and a Bisley model from 1902. 2 Winchester 1892's and a Colt Lightning pump rifle also in .38-40 WCF. I guess I like short barreled Colts. I wouldn't mind finding a long barreled one just to say I have one.
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Good to reacquain, Big Jake. By the way that is my favorite John Wayne movie. Yes I sure set store by those .38-40s. I’d like to know the origins of that last picture. That’s a passel of short SSAs.
 

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One of my favorite shooters is a beat-up .38 WCF Bisley 4 3/4" that I shoot pretty regularly, along with a decent Winchester '73 and a nice old Marlin Model 1889 Deluxe model with hooded front and tang rear sight. I can clang a steel plate at 200 meters with the Marlin and enjoy plunking steel plates at 25 with the Bisley. After figuring out how to load the delicate .38 -40 case sucessfully, I wrote an article
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The Ten Millimeter That Won The West for the 2000 Gun Digest. Since then I've switched over to Trail Boss for all of my vintage shooters.
(For the curious, the 7 1/2" .45 above is the one I scraped $125 of lawn mowing money for back in the mid 1950s just when the snd gen guns were brought back. It's a 1920 version, which I preferred, and I would never part with it, although I haven't shot it in years, now that so many Italian clones are available.)
 

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I had good shooting Marlin 1894s .38-40s. one an octagon rifle and one a baby carbine. Also a Colt Lightning. But like about 50 other good guns they went down the road when I decided to buy some WW2 full-autos. No regrets—— well maybe some small ones.
 
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