Long Range BPCR Shooting
Wagon Box Willy
aka Bill Esposito
After having fun during the 2011 Cowboy Action Shooting season up here in New Hampshire which was my first real shooting experience since I was a kid, I decided I wanted to expand my new found hobby a bit and try some long range shooting. Since I’ve fallen in love with shooting black powder cartridge (45 Colt) and loading my own, I decided I wanted to get a BPCR (Black Powder Cartridge Rifle) and be able to shoot the long range side matches at the CAS events as well as other long range matches.
Now I’m really new to this so if I say something stupid please feel free to send me an email and correct me.
My search for the right rifle began with lots of internet Googling and reading of the message forums. I found the Sharps (just like Quigley), Rolling Blocks, Trap Door Springfield’s and Winchester 1885’s. For some reason that I honestly don’t know I ruled out the Sharps, which is quite odd since Quigley Down Under is one of my favorite movies. I then got really interested in rolling blocks but thought the stock comb seemed a bit low for the longer range shooting. Really did not even consider the Trapdoor simply because I didn’t like the musket look. Yes, this is all about getting a rifle that looks as good to me as it shoots…it’s my hobby after all. More research convinced me that I didn’t want the button rifling which is found on many of the cheaper Italian imports (figures) so that left me looking at the Pedersoli rifles. Then someone responded to one of my message threads and mentioned that I should take a look at the new Winchester BPCR rifles as they were on par in price with the Italian Pedersoli. That’s really only true if you buy the Sporter or Hunter models and then you still need to add sights.
I watched Gunbroker for a few days and lo and behold a brand new Winchester limited Edition High Wall BPCR model with Badger half round 30″ 45/70 barrel, Monte Carlo stock and no sights was up for sale at a decent price. I watched it for a few days and then pulled the trigger.
The modern Winchesters (and Brownings) are not faithful reproductions of the original gun, if you want that you’d better buy a Pedersoli or Uberti though you wont get the same quality barrel that you get with the Badger equipped BPCR models.
Here are some pictures of it.
And here’s the new 45/70 model 1885 and the model 1866 in 45 Colt
I next need to order some sights which I will get from Lee Shaver.