Historic Firearms Blog

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The .22-Calibre Long Rifle Cartridge in a Stevens Rifle

By Ralph Greenwood This article is reprinted from Shooting and Fishing, Volume 5, No. 15, published February 7, 1889. A few months ago a very careful and complete test was made with the .22-calibre, short rim-fire cartridges. The results made public are believed to correctly show the work...

Observations on Rifle Shooting

by Joshua Hasbeen of Coxsackie. From Shooting and Fishing, January 31, 1889 • Vol. 5, No. 14   1. In the first place get a rifle of your own; you can't do much without one. 2. Get one that don't require any elevation at 200 yards. There are plenty...

Product Review: G2 FNS 120 Super Scope

Product Review: G2 FNS 120 Super Scope by Brett Boyd   G2 FNS 120 Super Scope. John Rigby & Company, Gunmakers, 500 Linne Rd., Suite D, Paso Robles, CA 93446. Tel: (805) 227-4236. Current pricing available at www.johnrigbyandco.com The prestigious John Rigby Company has introduced the pen-ultimate spotting scope...

Sight Solution

by Brett Boyd A couple of weeks ago, I received an interesting e-mail from one of our subscribers. Hugh had purchased one of the excellent reproduction Stevens #102 vernier tang sights sold by Jeff's Outfitters. These are wonderful sights and I have used a bunch of...

Low-Temperature Alloys in BPCR

by Paul A. Matthews Almost every serious black powder cartridge rifle shooter has at one time or another acquired a quantity of lead alloy, contents unknown, that proves unfit for competition because of the excessive amount of lead left in the barrel. This is frustrating. Pre-mixed...

Collecting Single Shots: My Pope

by Lorance Newburn I don't know what it was that prompted me to take up gun collecting 45 years ago, but I suppose it must have had something to do with having fun as well as making an investment in something that would appreciate in value...

Why Not a .32-20?

Why Not a .32-20? by Paul Shuttleworth A recent development in Schuetzen shooting has been the trend toward using smaller cases with less powder capacity than the original black powder cartridges such as the .32-40 and .38-55. Since smokeless powder has much more power per cubic inch,...

Handloading the 50-70 for Antique and Modern Rifles

Handloading the 50-70 for Antique and Modern Rifles by Croft Barker Most single shot aficionados are aware of the fact that the fifty-seventy Government cartridge was first issued to U.S. Army units in 1866 for use in the Model 1866 Springfield trapdoor. This rifle was our first...

There is no magic bullet

There Is No “Magic Bullet” by Lee Shaver Problems we have with accuracy are at times not the problems we think we have. So how do you figure out what those problems might really be? In this article, I will attempt to teach you exactly what happens...

Come from Your Rest Old Rifle

“Come from Your Rest, Old Rifle” by Charles H. Chapman My den is warm and cozy, My hearth fire glares and glows, Lighting my worn old rifle, Hanging in long repose.   My body lies limp in the arm chair, My lips clasp a dead cigar, My thoughts have fled from my keeping; They have...