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Old December 17th, 2009, 10:15 AM   #1
 
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.454 lever gun

I'm looking into getting an alaskan and thought it would be nice to have a lever gun in the same caliber. Any recommendations out there on a good .454 Casull lever gun?



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I'm looking into getting an alaskan and thought it would be nice to have a lever gun in the same caliber. Any recommendations out there on a good .454 Casull lever gun?
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What about the rossi guns, are they quality guns or brazilian junk?
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I'm looking into getting an alaskan and thought it would be nice to have a lever gun in the same caliber. Any recommendations out there on a good .454 Casull lever gun?
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here is my puma, i did an action job on it and have had 0 problems. i have sent 250 down the tube and have seen no wear on the dogs. i have been checking them with a mike. i have replaced the sights with a skinner peep. much better. all in all it is a good gun.

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Thanks for the Puma info. A few years ago I had heard of stock splitting problems in the 454. Always heard good things about it in the lighter calibers.
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How about the Rossi guns, anyone out there have one in .454?
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I have one that I like pretty well. I really like the Win 1892's. That is a great design IMO.

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I did a few things to it to improve the fit/finish. I also changed the angle of the buttpad. It was at a funny angle where the bottom was much further back than the top. I slicked up the action as well and this thing is very nice now.

I personally wish that I would have bought a .45 Colt version though as I don't have any other .454's. I have several .45 Colt pistols and rifles so that makes more sense for me.

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I would look for something in S&W 460.That way I belive you can also shoot 454 casull and 45lc just like the S&W revolvers.3 different power level cartriges for the same rifle sounds good to me....
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Nice gun Greebe.

Halfwit, sounds like good advice, I'll look into that.
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The only thought that I would have about a .460 is that your loads with the .45 Colt or .454 will not be as accurate. The reason to this is that your bullet has to make a large jump to engage the rifling. In a revolver this doesn't really make that big of a difference because the bullet will enter the forcing cone the same, but in a rifle it is a little different. Just a thought.

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What about the rossi guns, are they quality guns or brazilian junk?
I have a 2" Rossi Mod 88 SS 5shot 38spec that's very accurate it looks like a S&W Mod 60 but only shoots standard loads.
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The only thought that I would have about a .460 is that your loads with the .45 Colt or .454 will not be as accurate. The reason to this is that your bullet has to make a large jump to engage the rifling. In a revolver this doesn't really make that big of a difference because the bullet will enter the forcing cone the same, but in a rifle it is a little different. Just a thought.

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I have a TC Encore 20" Rifle barrel made by Bullberry Barrels in 454casull but when sw460mag became popular I sent it in to be rechambered to SW460mag. I shoot 45colt,454casull & 460mag that I reload and buy 454 casull magtech ammo from Midwayusa.
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Do you notice any difference in accuracy when shooting the .45C or 454?

I have noticed a little degradation of accuracy in rifles that are chambered as such, albeit not much. For what I am looking for in a lever gun chambered in a pistol cartridge it does not matter that much as I am not bench shooting with them.

I wish that I had more time and rifles to test this in. I would be interested to hear more about your experience with your .460S&W.

The only problem with the .460S&W is that there is no one who makes a factory levergun chambered in it. It would be too long for any of the pistol length lever guns, but perhaps a Marlin 1895 could be re barreled for it. So probably your best bet would be one in .454 or .480 Ruger.

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I know of a few Pumas here in Alaska and the owners like them alot. No problem between shooting the 45colt or the 454 and can even mix them. I went the cheaper route and rechambered an H&R 45colt BC to 454 which is also a fun gun
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