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Old 11-19-2022, 04:36 PM   #1
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Hung up the Elite tonight going to take my dad’s Winchester 38-55 to my bow stand. Only seen steel and paper, hoping to change that tonight

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Old 11-19-2022, 04:39 PM   #2
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Good luck and hope you get it done!
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Old 11-19-2022, 04:50 PM   #3
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Get Western on ‘em!
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Old 11-19-2022, 04:51 PM   #4
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Sling lead
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Old 11-19-2022, 04:55 PM   #5
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I have a .375 Winchester that used to get a lot of use until I started hunting in places that were more wide open. Killed a fair number of deer with it, kind of a 38-55 on steroids.

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Old 11-19-2022, 05:04 PM   #6
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Get Western on ‘em!

Haha grew up shooting it thinking I was John Wayne. Still can’t do the flip cock shoot… maybe one day.
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Old 11-19-2022, 05:13 PM   #7
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My son, (Silentstalker92) is in one of my blinds now with his 30-30 open sights.
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Old 11-19-2022, 05:25 PM   #8
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Nice rifle, never seen a big loop 38-55 with a big loop. Good luck.
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Old 11-19-2022, 05:26 PM   #9
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I have a .375 Winchester that used to get a lot of use until I started hunting in places that were more wide open. Killed a fair number of deer with it, kind of a 38-55 on steroids.

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Those 375s are nice, used to have one.
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Old 11-19-2022, 05:28 PM   #10
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I hauled my dads .308 Marlin express this trip. He’s in bad health and gave it to me about a month ago.
Ever since he keeps asking about it so I figured I’d give it some vitamin D




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Old 11-19-2022, 05:45 PM   #11
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Good looking lever guns folks!

Get some notches on them.
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Old 11-19-2022, 05:58 PM   #12
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Good luck!

This was last night, pre-64 flat band I inherited from my grandad.
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Old 11-19-2022, 06:24 PM   #13
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love me some lever guns -
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Old 11-19-2022, 06:32 PM   #14
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Had the 45-70 out recently…

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Old 11-19-2022, 06:58 PM   #15
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My son made a successful meat hunt tonight with the 30-30




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Old 11-19-2022, 07:04 PM   #16
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i swap out between a .45 LC loaded to 44 mag velocity and a 38/55 loaded to .375 velocity.
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Old 11-19-2022, 07:04 PM   #17
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Nice kills everyone!!


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Old 11-19-2022, 08:53 PM   #18
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I shot this buck last year with my Marlin Texan 30-30.
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:08 PM   #19
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Boy that’s a nice one. Share more pics of it when you can!
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:47 PM   #20
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Big loops, big lead and big times. Good luck!
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Old 11-19-2022, 11:53 PM   #21
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30-30 this morning,


First kill last year.

Lever actions are hard to beat!

How did your hunt go today?

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Old 11-19-2022, 11:56 PM   #22
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Browning BLR’s all day every day. I love them!
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:14 AM   #23
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This was last night, pre-64 flat band I inherited from my grandad.
Hope to have a similar deal with the 336 I inherited from my grandpa soon.
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Old 11-20-2022, 06:32 AM   #24
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Levers are very cool. I mostly hunt with revolvers but occasionally break out one of my levers for a hunt. This buck was from a few years ago with my Henry .41 magnum.



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Old 11-20-2022, 07:02 AM   #25
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You could full-blown Chuck Connors (Rifleman) mode, with that loop

Good looking guns, guys!
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:09 AM   #26
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How was the hunt?

Finally got the firing pin on my grandpa’s Marlin 1893, need to find a replacement for the rear site so I can get it out this year
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:40 AM   #27
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Big loops slow down the lever process proven through CAS competition, they were made for gloves.

Nice pictures though !
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:45 AM   #28
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How was the hunt?

Finally got the firing pin on my grandpa’s Marlin 1893, need to find a replacement for the rear site so I can get it out this year

No dice, one of the neighbors dogs came through about 4:30 and I heard some does blow not 5 mins later. Joys of hunting small acreage… oh well maybe next time.

Love the pictures guys, keeps me hopeful!
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:46 AM   #29
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Browning BLR’s all day every day. I love them!
HOw are BLRs for accuracy?
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:47 AM   #30
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I have passed on all of my lever guns. My Marlin 39 Century Limited that I got new has gone to my oldest son, who is a Marlin lever fanatic. My 2 Marlin 30-30s are going to my grandsons through my second son. All of these were made before 1971.
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:47 AM   #31
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Awesome post. I’m in the woods with my 30-30 now
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Old 11-20-2022, 09:51 AM   #32
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HOw are BLRs for accuracy?
I have a 270 wsm and the first kill was a coyote at 356 yds, they are accurate enough I would say. Took my 2nd shiras moose with the 270wsm BLR.

Love my .41 mag Henry for hogs too.
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Old 11-20-2022, 10:09 AM   #33
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Excellent. 7mm-08 and 308 are both 1" or less at 100yards for 3 shots. Couple things you have to contend with, less than ideal trigger and slightly longer lock time than your typical bolt gun but the accuracy is there. The 7mm-08 has been my go to gold standard for a long time. Accurate and short easy to handle. It is an original steel frame, have never tried the alloy frame models.
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:13 PM   #34
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Big loops slow down the lever process proven through CAS competition, they were made for gloves.
Yeah, but they sure are cool looking !!! I hunt with my 30-30 quite often. I would like to find one with a big loop !
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Old 11-20-2022, 12:35 PM   #35
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I have a 243 and 308. Both are very accurate. I have never had an issue with either one
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Old 11-20-2022, 01:44 PM   #36
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Awesome thread. Nice to see so many lever action fans here, if I get all my chores done today I’ll probably take my 71 Winchester down to the creek stand for a sit this afternoon.


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Old 11-20-2022, 01:56 PM   #37
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Yeah, but they sure are cool looking !!! I hunt with my 30-30 quite often. I would like to find one with a big loop !
Just buy a big loop and swap it out.
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Old 11-20-2022, 03:27 PM   #38
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Hoping to air out my glenfield marlin 30 shortmag in the morning.
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Old 11-20-2022, 03:59 PM   #39
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Took out the lever gun and did a fun little spot and stalk on a group of pigs… the 45-70 is a cannon
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Old 11-20-2022, 04:07 PM   #40
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I hauled my dads .308 Marlin express this trip. He’s in bad health and gave it to me about a month ago.
Ever since he keeps asking about it so I figured I’d give it some vitamin D




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Very nice rifle, love that style. Had a Glenfield/Marlin in .30-30 a few years back that was my Dad's, made a big mistake and traded it.
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Old 11-20-2022, 05:02 PM   #41
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My father gave my brothers and I his guns before he passed away in 2021. Last year I used his .243 to shoot a doe. This is the rifle I used to shoot my first deer with, a doe. This year I plan to get out his Winchester 94 in 30-30 to shoot something with. This is the gun he wanted me to shoot my first deer with but I just couldn’t ever get comfortable shooting it. I can’t remember if it was the open sights or the kick. I’m exclusively a bow hunter but I’ll break it out to honor him. I’ll probably have to be in bow range anyway for my eyes to work those open sights .

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Old 11-20-2022, 08:01 PM   #42
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Hope to have a similar deal with the 336 I inherited from my grandpa soon.
Right on, sure makes for a memorable hunt
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Old 11-20-2022, 08:02 PM   #43
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I have a couple 30-30’s I use.





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Old 11-20-2022, 08:11 PM   #44
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Just buy a big loop and swap it out.

I put a Wild West Guns big loop on my 450 Marlin Guide Gun. It wasn’t a straight ‘swap’, I had to do a little filing on the end that went below the bolt to make it clear when swung down. It wasn’t hard, I just took my time- not rocket science.


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Old 11-20-2022, 10:30 PM   #45
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Good thread.

Now what is a 38/55?
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Old 11-21-2022, 01:01 AM   #46
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My oldest son a few years ago with the Henry my dad gave to me

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Old 11-21-2022, 08:20 AM   #47
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Good thread.

Now what is a 38/55?
Imagine a 30-30 blowed out straight, and you're not far off. It's a straight wall cartridge with a .378ish bullet. Originally it was a black powder load, in good actions it can be loaded up pretty nice now, similar to the way 45-70s are. If you've ever seen in a 375 winchester, not 375 Magnum, the 3855 has a touch longer case and a couple thousands larger bullet if I remember correctly, but in equal rifles they can be loaded to equal velocity.

That's the basics maybe somebody can chime in if they know a little more than that
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Old 11-21-2022, 08:38 AM   #48
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I shot my first deer with my dad’s open sight 30-30. My grandpa gave my my first rifle a year or so later. It was a 38-55 Chief Crazy Horse. Awesome rifle.


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Old 11-21-2022, 08:46 AM   #49
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My next purchase will be a Henry in 45-70. Would love to have a BLR in 270 as well, maybe one day.
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Old 11-21-2022, 10:33 AM   #50
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Normally reserved for pig duty, but this doe stomped and blowed herself into 240 grains of .444.




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