Cowboy action rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by M1GARANDBING, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. M1GARANDBING

    M1GARANDBING New Member

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    Whats a good lever action rifle to start cowboy action with not to expensive ? What should I look for?
     
  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    You can't have a good one that's not expensive! The cheaper priced rifles are just that,Cheap.
    I like the Uberti's,they are very well built and can be made to be butter smooth. But they are not cheap.
     

  3. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Get a Marlin----------
     
  4. 25-5

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    If you want to be period correct make the caliber .44 instead of .45. I liked the Uberti 1873 with a 20" barrel. That gets you a 10 round capacity.
    Oh! I know that .38 is period correct, but unless you're alias is a pimp, I wouldn't go there.
    Cowboy up!
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    Warthawgs Rule :D
     
  6. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    If it's an older Marlin,I'd agree.
    The newer ones aren't that great a rifle,from the one's I've seen.
     
  7. M1GARANDBING

    M1GARANDBING New Member

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    What marlins are considered old from what year? ( I'm pretty new to guns still learning)
     
  8. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    There was a long period of time with the marlins using micro groove rifling which pretty much sucks for cast bullets. The new production marlims in pistol calibers and 45-70 are once again using cut rifling or what is called ballard style marlin rifling. The rep stamped guns are more true to the old marlins than most of the 1980s 90s 2000s jm stamped guns folks are going of the deep end about.

    Only a very few of the first run marlins were bad and the conspiracy tinfoil hat crowd has labeled the rem stamp guns as "bad" because marlin was purchesed by freedom group who went BACK to producing most marlin leverguns the old way...

    Its a head scratcher to me.

    Anyway my pref was for whichever lever gun i ran across first in 45colt either unerti 1873 marlin 1894 or rossi92. I found a uberti first. All of which will do fine for cas.

    On the 44-40... its nearly obsolete with very little available brass. This may change with it starting to show popularity for cas. Currently almost no revolvers can be found for that caliber. You really want to keep rifle and pistol ammo the same to save on reloading efforts.

    If your buyng off the shelf ammo you better have a printing press because you cant get any cheap ammo for cas that way. Cas is pretty much reloader only or your not going to last long or go to many events
     
  9. Clem

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    I have a pair of Marlin Cowboys in the older configuration with 24” barrels in .357 and .45 Colt. The long barrel slows down the swing a bit but the long sight radius is nice. I have fitted mine with a Brochman front sight and a full buckhorn rear. I prefer a square post, serrated ramp front sight and the Brochman works well for me. The full buckhorn rear is used as a ghost ring rear sight allowing a good view of the target and makes for a very accurate setup. With the lack of availability of .44-40 brass, there are really only three practical caliber choices: .38/.357, .44 Special/.44 Mag, and .45 Colt. You can take your choice. Of available rifles, I would recommend a 20” barrel as a minimum. That provides a 10 rd. mag capacity which is standard for CAS. The 18 ½” .357 mag 1894C Marlin can work with .38 brass and short bullets, but it is really a 9 rd. gun. Marlins also typically take a bit of smoothing to operate well. This isn’t unusual. All other guns, rifles, revos and shotguns, typically require smoothing also.
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    My uberti is 24" octagon barrel. I prefer the extra sight radius. Its a boost on some of the shooting i do at longer ranges. I still want a 1894 marlin however. Im hoping after the awb insanity is done they will start showing up in 45 colt.

    Ive done a few easy mods to my uberti and removed the rough edges. Damn thing is slicker than snot now. One of the hard things with a 1873 is getting a good trigger on it. Easier to do on a marlin or rossi. But the action of a 1873 cant be beat
     
  11. M1GARANDBING

    M1GARANDBING New Member

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    Anyone know if the Henry Golden Boy is reliable? They're cheap and really beautiful!!

    Thanks in advance.
     
  12. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Henry rifles are relatively expensive...... In my opinion. But, they are 100% made in the USA and have a pretty good warranty to boot.
     
  13. BK3220

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    We have a Rossi, an ASM 92, two marlin 94's, a Uberti 73 and a 1907 Win 92. All are good guns for CAS. We have seen a few Henrys in action and the owners really like them.
    The only one with any issues was a Marlin w/ a broken ejector at about 75 rounds. The rossi's will slick up with a little use and are the least expensive. Pretty hard to go far wrong with what is available today.
     
  14. M1GARANDBING

    M1GARANDBING New Member

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    I found that golden boy in a .22 for $400 I want it for practice I'm just afraid the lever would start falling apart if I rapid fire a lot. I worked the lever it was really smooth and short.