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Published by TexasMac Publishing, the 13-digit International Standard Book
Number (ISBN) is 978-0-9893702-5-7.  The 10-digit ISBN is 0-9893702-5-9.  
The Library of Congress Control Number is 2013955482.  The hardback book is
approximately 9" by 6", contains 418 pages of text, 7 tables and 95 figures.  Only
high-quality components and construction was used in the manufacturing.  For
those of you somewhat familiar with book binding, it has a hard case bound
cover.  The cover artwork is laminated to the cover under a layer of durable
textured clear poly.  The inside pages are cut from 60 lb. bright-white acid-free
archival paper.  The book block (inside pages) are bound with a mill and notch
binding operation including the white 100% cotton end sheets.

The Browning 1885 High Wall BPCR models are the focus of the 1st section, but
due to the relatively minor differences in the design, much of the material in the
appendices is applicable to the full line of Model 1885 Rifles manufactured by
Miroku for both Browning and Winchester.  In fact, if you ever decide to
disassemble your Miroku manufactured Browning or Winchester Model 1885
rifle, Appendix 1 alone may be worth the price of the book.  The term "Miroku
manufactured" is used here to distinguish modern Browning and Winchester
Model 1885 rifles from 19th century and early 20th century "original" Winchester

Containing 418 pages, this edition includes significantly more information than
the 2nd Edition (272 pages).  A few overlooked typos and errors were corrected
and new comments included, helping to clarify some of the existing material.  
Several new sections and chapters were added and the original Appendix
reorganized into four appendices.  Although the book title does not mention
Winchester, additional information on Winchester BPCRs is included as is a
discussion on barrel break-in and 145 pages of shooting, reloading information
and related subjects, including 20 pages of load specifications.

The price (USA $54.95) has not changed and includes shipping to USA locations
including Alaska and Hawaii.  Volume discounts are available if ordering 2 or
more books.  International and volume order customer must request the additional
shipping amount and include it in the total payment.  To order please refer to the
Book Ordering Information page.

Since I don’t solicit feedback it’s a real pleasure when a satisfied customer takes
the time to email me.  Following are some of the comments:

“Hi Wayne, The book arrived yesterday, and I read it cover to cover before bed.  
Wayne, very, very well done!  I really liked and was impressed by the
thoroughness of your research.  And well thought out and presented information.  
I really wanted it as a workshop manual for my rifle and any others I might be
called to work on, also the chamber dimensions and other technical info.  What I
got was much more and the history is an enjoyable bonus, as well as good
information.  You are going to make me a real pro regarding any of these rifles
that I may work on or be asked about.”  David

“Hi Wayne, your book arrived today.  I’ve only skimmed through it so far but I
can tell it will be a good read and a valuable source of reference.  I like that it has
the story behind the production and the history in addition to the technical
maintenance and disassembly chapters.” James

“Wayne – back in October I bought your book.  I just wanted to drop you a note
and say it is fabulous.  This so far exceeded my expectations that I don’t know
what to say!  This book will let me take the rifles apart!  Also, lots of pictures and
history of making the rifle and modifications during production.  Your book is a
perfect complement to an enthusiast and I thank you so much for doing it.”  Steve

“Hi Wayne, Just a note to tell you that I've had your book for 2 days now and
have read about half of it already.  It's a great reference source.  Better than even
I expected. I wish that all such books were as well written and laid out as yours.
Thanks again for creating such a fine reference book that will serve me well into
the future.”  Grant

“Hi Wayne, I'm so pleased to have your remarkable book on the 1885.  It's a
unique and absolutely essential resource for anyone who owns this wonderful
firearm.”  Uri

“Hello Wayne, Wow, I received your book and have already read it twice!  What
a great book! It is the best book, by far, in regards to the Browning and
Winchester 1885.”  Gary

"Hi Wayne, I just wanted you to know that I have enjoyed reading your 3rd
edition Browning BPCR book.  I have read it from cover to cover and now I have
been using it as a reference that I keep next to my recliner and lap top." George

"Hi Wayne, The book arrived today.  It's well worth the money and contains a
wealth of information.  The book has a very professional look and feel.  It’s well
structured and an easy read.  I will be recommending it to any and all people
interested in these rifles."  Rob

"Hi Wayne, I got your book today and Gee-golly-wow! Your surely did your due
diligence on it, and THEN some! I think you've done everything but work up and
test our loads for us with our components, and adjusted our zeroes with them! I
am VERY impressed with this book. Your hard work and research really shows
and I am VERY grateful to you for what you've given us. You've really outdone
yourself with this book! I'm ashamed it has taken so long for me to get it.
Thanks." Dennis

"Hi Wayne, You truly have produced a great book.  I wish all my gunsmithing
books had been this thorough in their efforts to inform the readers.  I have been
acquiring them for 45 years now and this one is top notch!  Thanks again.
Sincerely, Michael"

"Wayne, your book arrived intact this week and I am now enjoying every page.  
Thank you for compiling so much information about doctoring these guns.  
Also, I expect to find your reloading section a valuable resource in the future.   
You have made a genuine contribution to the black powder shooting sports.   
On behalf of everyone who owns a Miroku 1885, we owe you one!  Randy"

“Hi Wayne, received the book yesterday - outstanding quality and fantastic
information on the inside.  It must have taken a great deal of work to put it
together.  Everyone who owns a Browning BPCR must buy this amazing book.  
Thanks again and will treasure this.  Keep up the good work. Wayne”

3rd Edition Comments
Special Acknowledgements
1. Introduction
2. Background
3. Meet the Rifle Designer
4. Browning Model 1885 BPCR
4.1 .40-65 & .45-70 BPC Rifles
4.2 .45-90 Creedmoor-Type Long Range Rifle
5. Receiver & Action
5.1 Overall Action
5.2 Trigger Design
5.3 Extractor Design
5.4 .40-65 Extraction Issue
5.5 Case Rim Edge Visible with Action Closed
6. Barrels
6.1 Muzzle Crowns
6.2 Chambers
6.3 Concentric Chamber Concerns
7. Sights
7.1 Front Sight Inserts
8. Stock, Grip Cap, Butt Plate & Forearm
9. Additional Rifle Data
10. Browning/Winchester Production History
10.1 Browning Production
10.2 Winchester Production
11. Browning/Winchester Serial Numbers
11.1 Browning Serial Numbers
11.2 Winchester Serial Numbers
12. Miroku Firearms Manufacturing Company
13. Rifle Boxes, Sight Boxes & Labels
13.1 Rifle Boxes
13.2 Rifle Box End Labels
13.3 Rear Sight Boxes & Labels
14. Sales Literature
15. Collecting the Rifles

APPENDIX 1 – Operations, Specifications & Gunsmithing
1A. Chamber & Bore Data
1A.1 Chamber Terminology
1A.2 Browning/Winchester Chambers
1B. Operation of the Action
1B.1 Firing Control & Cocking Sequence
1B.2 Extractor Operation Sequence
1C. Action Disassembly & Assembly
1C.1 Disassembly
1C.2 Assembly
1D. Rear Sight Issues
1D.1 Excessive Fore & Aft Movement
1D.2 Excessive Lateral Movement
1D.3 Ladder Detent Reliability
1D.4 Enlarging Eyecup Hole Diameters
1D.5 Windage Adjustment Tension
1E. Front Sight Issues
1E.1 Replacing Spirit Level Tube Caps
1E.2 Replacing the Spirit Level Vial
1E.3 Refilling the Spirit Level Vial
1E.4 Loose Creedmoor Sight
1F. Trigger Issues
1F.1 Trigger Pull Adjustment Issues
1F.2 Quick & Cheap Way to Lighten Trigger Pull
1F.3 Dale McGee Modification
1F.4 J&B Innovations Trigger Kit
1F.5 Lee Shaver’s Trigger Sear
1G. Reinforcing the Stock Through-bolt Hole
1H. Additional Gunsmithing Notes
1H.1 Hammer Will Not Cock – Rests on the Firing Pin
1H.2 Hammer Will Not Go to Full Cock
1H.3 Hammer Stops at Half-Cock When Fired
1H.4 Light (Weak) Primer Strike
1H.5 Extractor Blocks Cartridge Rim
1H.6 Fixing .40-65 Extraction Problem
1H.7 Action Locks Up or Extractor Does Not Work
1H.8 Comments on Stock Replacement
1H.9 Comments on Barrel Replacement
1H.10 Removing a Tight Forearm
1H.11 Forearm Modifications to Improve Accuracy
1I. Rifle 1st Aid Kit
1J. Accessories & Part Suppliers
1J.1 Sources for Modern Scope Bases & Rings
1J.2 Installing a Wm Malcolm-Style Scope
1K. Exploded Illustrations & Parts List

APPENDIX 2 – Shooting & Cleaning
2A. Barrel Break-In
2A.1 Badger Barrel’s Break-In Procedure
2A.2 Lee Shaver’s Break-in Procedure
2B. Smokeless Ammunition
2C. MOA Sight Adjustments
2C.1 Rear Sight Windage
2C.2 Rear Sight Elevation
2C.3 Creedmoor Front Sight Windage
2D. Sight Settings – MOAs vs. Points
2E. Shooting Short-Case Cartridges – Myths & Facts
2F. Case Stretching & Separating
2G. Fouling Control
2H. Making a Blow Tube
2I. Cleaning the Action & Breech

APPENDIX 3 – Reloading
3A. Chamber Casts & Impact Impressions
3A.1 Sulfur Chamber Casts
3A.2 CerroSafe Chamber Casts
3A.3 Adjusting Data Taken From “Aged” Casts
3A.4 Impact Impressions
3B. “Grease-Groove” Bullet Mould Considerations
3B.1 Selecting a Mould Manufacturer
3B.2 Selecting and/or Specifying a Mould
3C. Bullet Casting & Lubrication
3C.1 Dip (Ladle) Bullet Casting
3C.2 Bullet Lubrication
3D. Determining Overall Case Length
3D.1 Quick Methods
3D.2 Utilizing a Chamber Cast or Impact Impression
3E. Annealing Case Necks
3F. Stretching Short Brass
3F.1 Case Stretching Options
3G. To Resize or Not To Resize?
3H. Large Pistol Primers & Primer Wads
3H.1 Large Pistol Primers
3H.2 Primer Wads
3I. Making .40-65 from .45-70 Brass
3I.1 A Reforming Technique
3I.2 Fire Reforming Alternative
3I.3 My Preferred Reforming Method
3J. Case Preparation & Loading
3J.1 New Case Preparations
3J.2 Loading Steps
3K. Browning/Winchester Load Specifications
3K.1 .40-65 Winchester
3K.2 .45-70 Government
3K.3 .45-90 Winchester
3L. Case Cleaning – Tumbler vs. Ultrasonic
3L.1 Ultrasonic versus Tumbler with Ceramic Media
3L.2 Tumbler with Stainless Steel Pins

APPENDIX 4 – General Information
4A. Shipping Rifles & Cracked Stocks
4B. Case Hardening & Case Colors
4B.1 Protecting Case Colors
4C. The Story of Creedmoor
4C.1 The Story of Creedmoor
4C.2 Additional Creedmoor Information
4D. References
Since the book has a wraparound cover I
decided to display it all.  Those of you familiar
with the Yaupon Creek Silhouette Association
(YCSA) range located near Columbus, Texas
will recognize the background.
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