A ride to Ruffy
6 hours ago
Minor adventures of an old Gunks climber living in Wyoming.
|3316 Tejon Street - a seemingly unlikely, mostly residential, neighborhood|
|When I looked at the menus I was sold.|
|Guns and Gunning, Captain Paul A. Curtis. Penn Publishing Co. 1934.|
"Remember, I said in the beginning that my ideal battery must be limited to a few guns to meet satisfactorily many needs. When one's battery assumes the proportions of a collection, he perforce becomes a slave to its care and it ceases to be ideal."
|Steve with his small working battery.|
|F. C. Scott sidelock, 1903 Mannlicher Schoenauer and S&W .44 Mag.|
He (Frederick, called "Frank") was in business from 1904 to 1918 (some say 19). I think he made fewer than a thousand guns. The wood is really nice which doesn't show well-- may eventually refinish. LOP 14 1/2 or a little less to checkered butt; barrels 70 cm (continental--??), chokes 1/4 & F. balance on hinge pin. Slightly more pitch up than BL and slightly shorter, and weighs 6 1/2 instead of 6 1/4 so it took a little practice to mount as well but I find if I hold it on the barrel ahead of the forearm it points very well. I will probably disable the ejectors (remove springs?) because they are no use to me. I think it was all tightened up when re-proofed (for pigeon level loads -- 1 1/4 oz-- which I will NOT shoot). I think I will never get closer to a London gun. People who loved the AyA can see how superior it is even if they know nothing about guns (and it weighs exactly the same).The Scott is a perfect upland game gun (good for NM quail) and will serve for the occasional duck.
|F. C. Scott ad from 1910.|
|Four cow elk silhouetted on the skyline. [photo: copyright Mike Dunn 2006]|
|First Steelhead - caught on the swing.|
|Dolly Varden - a new species for me.|
|G with a nice Dolly.|
|Second steelhead on the swing - same day. Sparsely tied purple and black Intruder.|