Originally Posted by nitestalker
Any one who likes fine vintage firearms wants to own an orginal Mdl.1886. The one you have is a special order not just off the shelf. Were you able to remove the magazine cap screw? You mentioned the forearm screw not a problem. Every man is allowed one fine dog and one good gun deal in a life time. You can now start looking for the dog.
I do own a couple of "vintage" guns (a 1903 and a Garand being the notable ones) but this is my first pre-1900 gun. I am indeed very fortunate to have come across it and even more so for the fact that it was within my reach financially. I could never afford it for what it is really worth. The smith was just absolutely taken by it and said he was hoping I would call him to talk about it. As I was picking it up two other customers came up and were risking damaging it what with all of their drooling
. This definitely was one of my "dream guns".
I did ask the smith about it and he said he was afraid of either stripping it or that it has already been stripped and he didn't want to risk making it worse. I have not had the time to look at it myself yet out in the shop with my gunsmithing tools, magnifying glasses and all of that stuff. The way I understood it he could get the end cap off but could not remove the tube or the follower because the forestock screw passes through a slot in the mag tube and you have to rotate the mag tube to disengage it from the receiver. Or something like that.
I did pick up a can of Trail Boss today, and I dug out some of the bullets I have- but I didn't find the cast lead ones I was looking for to see what weight they are. The ones I pulled out are Speer 400 grain flat nose jacketed soft point, and Hornady #4502 350 grain round nose soft point jacketed. I have probably a dozen more different designs but those two were all I could pull out of where I have them stored. I will probably be able to look more tomorrow.