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old .45 long colt ammos in my new Marlin Lever

Discussion in 'Caliber Corner' started by paltiq, Jul 27, 2010.


  1. paltiq

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    hello!
    im wondering if it is safe to use my old .45 long colt ammos (250 grains lead)
    winchester brand in my marlin 1894 cowboy?
    please help.

    thanks
     
  2. Butch

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    It's normal factory ammo? If so, it's fine.....it's what the gun was made to shoot.
     

  3. Jeepnik

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    Well depends on how old. While it's certainly safe to use old or new blackpowder loads, the clean up is a mess. But stick to smokeless powder, and unless it's a reload some idiot decided to hotrod, you shouldn't have any issues. Although, you might want to stick to jacketed stuff for a bit to smooth out the barrel some.
     
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  4. Nutt51

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    I shot SASS with mine it's a .45LC and never had a problem.
    Factory loads are mild for a Marlin, they are tough rifles,
    USA made of good strong steel.
    I never shot black powder in mine, but did shoot many
    reloads that I did in 225gr. and 250gr. lead.
    Excellent rifle. No worries.
     
  5. Gunnut 45/454

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    Your Marlin will handle every thing except the extreme Ruger only loads just fine! If they are factory loads -not a problem!!! Might want to stare clear of the Buffalo Bore loads! I broke my Win '94 with some pretty extreme Ruger only loads! The '94 action does has it's limts I generally keep my loads under 30000 PSI range(1600-1700 fps)! That is more then enough for 90% of the hunting I do with it!:supergrin: