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45 colt cal rifle

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by STI, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. STI

    STI

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    I am thinking of getting one, any pro's or con's? I live in a rural location ang it would see lots of miles, it would be a tool not a collector. Price would be a consideration, but would look at anything.
    Lever action only.
    Thanks
    Larry
     
  2. Batesmotel

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    Winchester 94 Trapper.
     

  3. Zombie Steve

    Zombie Steve Decap Pin Killa

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    I've always leaned to the Marlin 1894's.

    I suppose if there's a "con" to getting a lever gun in .45 Colt, it's that the cartridge has a pretty small rim (compared to a .44 mag, for example), and some have had trouble with extraction.

    That... and the fact the trajectory is going to be similar to peeing off a cliff. :supergrin:

    I have a plain jane 1894 in .44 mag, and it's a great brush buster / truck gun.

    Here's a writeup I did.

    http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1005144
     
  4. Mongosafari

    Mongosafari El diablo verde

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    Ditto on the Marlin 1994. I have one in 44 Rem Mag also.
    Years ago I installed Ashley Outdoors Ghost Ring Sight System and the scout mount in case I ever found a red dot sight or low power scout optic that I liked (never did). It's a rugged beater truck gun. This Marlin is a companion to my Ruger Redhawk so I can share ammo between the two.

    I would highly recommend a Marlin in 45 LC for you. The ballistics will be slightly better than a revolver. Think of the Marlin as a revolver with a 20" barrel and great sight radius for better accuracy.
     
  5. EL COLONEL

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    Unless you are set on 45 , i would go with a 444marlin ..............:wavey:
     
  6. NW-Warlord

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    I am partial to the 45-70 1895G, awesome gun. That said, I think the 45 Colt 1894's are pretty swell too. But if you dont have a reason to not get the .44Mag, I would recommend that. Either way you go Marlin makes great lever guns at a great price.

    The Winchester guns are good also, but they are more expensive, and I am no fan of the Winchester action or trigger mechanism.
     
  7. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

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  8. Ronaldo

    Ronaldo Ancient Member Millennium Member

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    I've been sitting here at my casa all week drooling and going over the budget. My favorite toy store just received a pair of 44 mag Marlin lever actions; one is the Cowboy Limited, the other is the SS model. I have been lusting after both of them since seeing them and am barely (not really) able to afford just one.

    I have the Cowboy Limited in .357 and it is a jewel, and the perfect companion for my Vaquero. I recently picked up a 44 mag Super Blackhawk with the 5.5" barrel as a woods gun and one of these lever actions would really be sweet to go with it.

    Adding to the agony is that I also have the SS 30.30 model, which is my go-to for deer hunting around here. So do I go with the Cowboy (octagonal barrel and all) or the sweet, sweet SS model????? :crying:

    It's hell to be poor....... :dunno:

    Ronaldo
     
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  9. deadite

    deadite Groovy.

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    +1 I love mine. It's very accurate, slings a pretty big hunk of lead, and is very handy. Here's mine:

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    deadite
     
  10. G33

    G33 Frisky! CLM Millennium Member

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    .44 Marlin would be my pick.
    Unless you have a handgun in .45LC.
    :supergrin:
     
  11. Gimp

    Gimp Old Coot

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    +1

    The biggest reason I can think of for buying a rifle in a handgun caliber is to have cross-compatibility between the two. When my saddle-gun was a .357 Vaquero, my saddle-carbine was a Puma .357 lever action. Loved that gun!

    Both are gone to my son (since the sight of a grown man saying "Daddy, can I? Please?" was just disturbing!) and I'm still on the hunt for a lever-action in .45. Not hunting too hard, since I'm hardly ever in the saddle anymore, but still...
     
  12. awpk03s

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    I've got a Puma (Rossi) 1892 with 24" octagon bbl in stainless. I love it and got it to go with my Ruger Blackhawk in 45LC for the same reasons you mention.

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  13. Jbar4Ranch

    Jbar4Ranch B-Western Hero Millennium Member

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    If price is a consideration, a Rossi/LSI Puma M92 is likely to be the least expensive. The goofy safety on the later models is easily removed and the hole plugged with a short piece of round stock.

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    The Marlin M94 would be an equally good choice, and their goofy crossbolt safety can be easily be replaced with a two piece Chicago type screw from Brownells that outwardly appears to be nothing more than another screw head on each side of the receiver.

    Cole125's reply that "Anything a .45 colt will do a .44 mag will do better" doesn't hold water when referring to strong actions such as these; the .45 Colt can be loaded past factory .44 mag specs at equal or even less pressure, and Buffalo Bore offers nuclear factory loads - how 'bout a 260 grain JHP @ 1450 fps or a 325 grain FNL bullet @ 1325 fps? (And this is advertised as handgun ammo, hence the data should have been collected from a handgun length barrel, not a 16, 18, or 20" rifle barrel...)
     
  14. ilgunguygt

    ilgunguygt Enslaved in IL

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    Not quite. When dealing with Ruger Only Handloads and a lever gun that can handle them, the 44mag met its match, and a bigger bullet to boot.
     
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    dewidmt Gunaholic

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    I've got one of the older .45 Colt Rossi Pumas without the safety on the top, just the good ol' half cock notch. I love it, shot Cowboy Action with it for a few years. Now it serves as a deer rifle for pistol caliber only states. You can find them (if you're lucky) for around $300-350.
     
  16. moeman

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    Beretta and Uberti 45lc pump rifles look nice...Fit and finish are excellent--I'm tempted

    This is the beretta:

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    I have an older Rossi M1892 carbine clone in .45. It is a hoot to shoot with my 255-gr. "cowboy" loads...almost no felt recoil. I bought some CorBon +P 300-gr. JSPs for hog hunting...they thump a bit, but are still easlily manageable.

    Best of all, I got it for $225. Just try to find a Marlin or Winchester that cheap! :tongueout: