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    Default Browning/Winchester 1885 single shot

    Does anyone out there have experience with the Browning/Winchester 1885 single shot (not the "original" but the newer versions put out within the last 10 years or so)? What was your overall impression...accuracy, trigger quality, balance, reliability, etc.? I like the looks of them and I'm thinking one in 260 Rem or 6.5x55 would make a classy pronghorn slayer but I don't know much about them. Any opinions out there?

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    I had one barreled to 219 Zipper for nostalgia sake, since I owned on original barreled to the Zipper back in the 1960's. Dang! If anything it's better than the original. Trouble is I let a buddy talk me out of it in a weak moment. I'll surely do it again sooner or later.

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    I have 2 and love them both. One in 30.06 and one in 45.70. Hunt once with each and killed a caribou with each. The wood is very nice on both. Both are very accurate.

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    I had a 1878 Browning single shot whch almost the same gun. It was in 6mm Rem. It shot well and was very pretty. That is one rifle I wish I still had.

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    Cool, thanks for the feedback. Now if I can find one for a decent price...

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    Quote Originally Posted by c04hoosier View Post
    Cool, thanks for the feedback. Now if I can find one for a decent price...
    Good luck with that but for what it's worth, finding one in the caliber you want with the wood you like eases the pain. So set your budget and remember to have that reserve when the right one comes a long and it is a bit high. I passed up a 30-06 that was really nice because it was 100 bucks outside of what I wanted to pay and it took me 2 years to find another right one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c04hoosier View Post
    Cool, thanks for the feedback. Now if I can find one for a decent price...
    Can't help with the price issue, but Lipsey's had a few in stock last week.
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    Armymark, those are some sweet looking rifles. Very classy.

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    One of my all time favorites (high walls and low walls). Somebody tried to talk me into one many years ago before I knew how much I liked them. Remind me never to play poker with that guy.
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