For what it's worth dept:
Maybe some of you already know, however recently I learned of a new rifle company that is gearing up in Kallespel, Montana, “The American Gun Company LLC". What got my attention, being a single shot fanatic, was that the first production will be a copy of the Winchester 1885 High wall action and rifle. These Highwalls will be offered in several different kits from an in the white action and an unthreaded, unchambered barrel to a completely finished rifle. What really got my attention was that the suggested price of this kit is considerably less than a currently made action alone.
I had a lengthy conversation with the owner on the phone the other day and he told me that these Highwall actions are a direct copy of the 1885 thickside Winchester. And that all the parts will interchange with the originals. Also, the actions are investment cast in the Shiloh Sharps foundry out of 4140 and then finished by these folks. This company is part of McGowen barrels of which I don't know much except that they have been around for a long time.
The owner actually called me back after I had left a message which kind of impressed me. He told me that they will offer these single shots with a standard trigger. However single set and double set triggers are planned. He also said that these actions will be available by the end of the year as they are currently getting thier production started.
So, anyway, As soon as they have some actions ready, think I'll take a chance and see what they look like. Their web site can be found at....
I would be interested if anyone has had experience with McGowen barrels.
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