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Old 09-09-2019, 2:45 PM
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Default 1894 Marlin in 45 Colt

Put a JM 1894 in 45 Cot in jail this morning. Next comes the longest 10-days of my life.

On the bright side, I have time to get all the reloading paraphernalia needed to load the caliber. Looking forward to the 45 Colt. So many powders and recipes to choose from. Going in, will focus on Titegroup and Unique for Cowboy plinking. 2400 for hotter apps.
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Old 09-09-2019, 3:01 PM
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Oh-oh! Now you've done it. Duece, believe me, 8.0-8.5gr Unique, 250gr LRNFP bullet, you're probably gonna stop right there! I haven't shot any jacketed bullets thru my Henry .45 Colt, So no help on 2400. Man, we'll be talking.
And BIG congrats on landing that Marlin! Wait till you shoot that .45 Colt.
golfish will be weighting in shortly I know.

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Old 09-09-2019, 3:42 PM
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I use Trailboss or Unique for fun loads and Win 296 and 250 gr jacketed bullet when I want something real warm.
Now if you don’t have one a Ruger Blackhawk in 45 colt makes a nice addition
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I put an 1895 stock with a recoil pad on my 1894 Cowboy in 45 Colt. Makes it much easier to shoot, a little extra LOP helps me too. Went with adjustable peep and globe sights (Williams peep, Lyman 17 globe) rather than stick with the regular open sights or spoiling the lines with a scope.
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That bullet screams cowboy congrats brother.

I always left the 45c alone because the ammo was so much $$ and it was hard to find.

Chris a Tom got me into reloading and that was that. I like 2400 for my pistol caliber lever guns. 16 grains with a 250 grain coated hard cast RNFP Missouri bullet for the 45c.
Put that cartridge on a table next to a 9mm..its almost laughable.

I put a ghost sight on the Winchester 92 last night. Going to have to try it out pretty soon. I have an SKS in jail so there's going to be an early morning desert trip coming up soon.
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Here's a really good diddy on the 45 colt lever gun

http://www.leverguns.com/articles/pa...ltlevergun.htm
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Old 09-09-2019, 6:05 PM
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Cool what barrel length did you get? Fine rifle congrats.
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Old 09-09-2019, 6:43 PM
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Goose,
20" round barrel.
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Wow! Congrats, Duece!

See you on or about the 25th... my next Wednesday off work.

Maybe Penn and Golf can make it.
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Apples,
Looking forward to the 25th. Should have the new 94 figured out by then and have some test loads to shoot. Cleaned 200 rounds of brass yesterday. Dies and projectiles should be in next week. Have all the rest "in stock" to reload 45 Colt.
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I'll be in Bridgeport[X-12] on a deer hunt with a bud. He drew the tag. But, we'll be lever shooting pretty soon. Another .45 Colt joins the parade!

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I found unique to be dirty. Titegroup is my goto now.

Lucked into a pile of 454 Casull brass that I cut down - can load some pretty stiff loads since my rifle and pistol can take much higher pressure compared to cowboy loads.

300gr cast bullets hit the gong super hard!

For a throwback experience load up some blackpowder (carefully). 45LC was originally a black powder cartridge.
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I use a lot of Titegroup. It is my go to powder for .45 ACP and for moderate loads in .38 Spl, .357, .44 and .45 Colt. I also use some Win 231 and Unique when it is what I have on hand. The 250 gr RNFP bullets work great in lever guns.
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20" round in 45LC is an uncommon version im a little jealous.
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That's what my Henry has. My favorite lever rifle to shoot.
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Golf,
Read that article. Good one. He is loading some very hot 45 Colt loads. Using the old Marlin as a "poor man's 45-70". Very interesting. Join us on the 25th if you can. We will have a "Leverama". Great opportunity for aspiring lever owners to come out too.
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Golf,
Read that article. Good one. He is loading some very hot 45 Colt loads. Using the old Marlin as a "poor man's 45-70". Very interesting. Join us on the 25th if you can. We will have a "Leverama". Great opportunity for aspiring lever owners to come out too.
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Put a JM 1894 in 45 Cot in jail this morning. Next comes the longest 10-days of my life.

On the bright side, I have time to get all the reloading paraphernalia needed to load the caliber. Looking forward to the 45 Colt. So many powders and recipes to choose from. Going in, will focus on Titegroup and Unique for Cowboy plinking. 2400 for hotter apps.
I've had one for 10-15 years or so (don't have my records with me right now). A great rifle, love it. One of my favorite loads is 8.0 of W231 under a 250 grain plated bullet.

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Old 09-10-2019, 6:34 PM
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Ordered the Lee carbide 4-die set today. Acme hard cast coated bullets in 250 RNFP, 225 RNFP, 200 RNFP, and 255 Keith. Plan to start with Unique about 8 grains. Should find a load she likes and then do chrono work to optimize.
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Duece, I believe you'll like that load. I load 8.0gr Unique/250gr Missouri RNFP and 8.5gr Unique/200gr Missouri RNFP. Excellent loads. All in Starline brass.
Med crimp, as those are not hard recoiling at all.
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I'm sorry. I can't think of anything nice to say. I'm just too darn jealous.
Seriously, nice rifle fer sure and that waiting period blows.
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Looking forward to it.

I took my Winchester to the indoor range this morning. I wanted to sight in the new rear sights. Its so dark in there, the ghost ring was more like a invisible ring.
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Bring out your new 30-30 and shoot with us. Classic caliber.
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It can be a bit hard to find a 24" bbl'd Marlin 1894CB these days.
Marlin hasn't made any in about 18+yrs.

So many folks cut their bbl's down to 20" that Marlin just stopped making them that long. Save a few bucks on bbl's. Last I heard in 2003 they Would Not rebarrel a 20" rifle to 24". And as of 2005 there were no 24" bbl's availble for Warranty work either.
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Duece, I am humbled an honored by the invite. Let me know when the next gathering is and I'll try and arrange the day off. (Or three. I mean, who doesn't need a long weekend?)
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This makes me very happy I have my 24" JM 1894CB in 45 Colt that shoots so well!

Although, I'm sad I' missing yet another lever shoot.
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Ahh, one of these days Spyder. Maybe in the Fall, when it's cooler, you can make it down here for a Mojave Lever Crew shoot and get together. Fun stuff.
This time next week, I'll be in X12 helping a bud scout for deer. Opener is the 21st. Gettin' a bit amped!
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I'll be at SSZS, but probably not bringing much hardware. Too dang busy trying to retire early. :/
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Shot the JM Marlin 45 Colt today with a matrix of reloads. Bullets were 255 home cast Keith, Acme 255 SWC, Acme 250 RNFP. Powders were Unique and Titegroup.

Penn, your 255 gr with 8 grains of Unique was the winner. Accurate, no soot, pleasant recoil. SWC no feed problems.

Next test is 200 and 225 gr RNFP.

Boy is that rifle smooth and accurate. I am in love (again).
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