Thursday, August 28, 2008
Long Hunter Rifle!
Last year I picked up one of Cimarron's Texas Brush Popper 1973 lever guns purely with the idea of making it a Cowboy Gamey Gun, thatis, a rifle strictly designed for cowboy action shooting. The main change, other than the ubiquitous trigger j0b would be to "short-stroke" the gun.
For those of you not in Hat & Boot World, short-stroke kits reduce the arc the lever has to travel through. Early short-strke kits were pretty much kludged together, but the modern kits are extremely well designed (so well designed, in fact, that Beretta is offering a factory short-stroke 1873 clone).
I agonized a bunch over who I was going to have overhaul the rifle and finally settled on Jim Finch, Long Hunter, a cowboy world champion and master gunsmith. Jim had done some superb work on my Sweetie's .32 Ruger revolvers. I was initally pretty disappointed when I got the Cimarron...my Sweetie noted that working the lever was like pumping something industrial, and the triger was right on up there with "Crappy Triggers of the World."
I got the rifle back a couple of days ago, and all I can say is, "Sweeeeeeeeeeet!"
We'll have a video report up soon on DRTV, but it is a masterful job. The lever throw is reduced around 33%, the trigger pull is now what the trigger pull on a good rifle shoudl be, and everything feels as though it's rolling on rails.
Great job, Jim!