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.
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
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.)
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.