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Old May 8, 2017, 09:55 PM   #6
Jim Watson
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Join Date: October 25, 2001
Location: Alabama
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In the 1870s, you got the Colt SAA, several S&Ws, the finely machined Merwin Hulbert, Winchester 1873 and 1876 (and Browning Single Shot that became the Winchester Highwall.) Also Sharps, Ballard, Bullard, Remington. Also Parker and other nice shotguns.
Fit was very good and finish was excellent.
The only real shortcoming was in the materials, the guns of the late 19th century were made of wrought iron, mild steel, and brass.

And that is just the American stuff. A British express rifle or game gun of that era will knock your eyeballs out.
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