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Well I am gonna short stroke my 66 on my days off meaning that the lever only has to move half the distance to work the action should really speed up my shooting next month its the 73 that will get the short stroke kit.
 

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that seems to be a popular conversion for those who are gettin' serious in competition.....

courious--------wonder if that conversion is something new or did some smiths back in the day figured it out and converted a few.............
 

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I really don't know, but back in those days it was the ones that kept their cool in the heat of battle that won out. There were few face to face shoot outs most were back shooter's or bush whakers from what I read. Law dawg's in those had to be meaner than the ones they were after also.
Suspeck someone just tried it out and found that it worked and went from there. just switching to the Bisley's I cut off 5 seconds for me.
 

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Found out there is more to it than just short stroke kit ya also need a matching spring kit to go along with it. Its $160.00 for the short stroke kit and $45.00 for the spring kit, but with the matching kits there is little or no chance of a miss hap which is what I want. Here lately seems I am my own worse mis hap at matchs and other places. May not be the best shooter but at least I'll have some nice tuned guns, the person that told where to contact to buy said they would install the kits for free just can't pass up a deal like that.
 

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I wouldn't get a Marlin for the simple reason ya get blow by back in your face. That was the rifle I was going to use in sass when I first started out. I heard several different reason as to why and how come. I have been told easy fix heavier bullet or little bullet more powder. I tired the liter bullet and more powder like to have took my face off one shot and I was threw with a face full of black head. I never did try any more with that rifle it does work great with factory and its a beatiful rifle nice wood and all. Doesn't do it with a 38sp. go figure that one. I see folks use the 45 in 66 and 73 no troubles. Marlins from what I understand can't be short stroked, I am not a gunsmith so I can say for sure. Flat round nose bullets work best in the lever rifle. I use the 200 gain myself to save some on the shipping most of the time I tryto catch him at a match and pay cash that way no sales tax no shipping and we are both happy. I use Master Craft bullets love very little leading and load easy but he is local for me most times at a match.
 

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Short stroke 66 or 73 is the way to to go for cowboy action shooting remember NO hot rod loads . The 66 and 73 won't handle it and than stroker kit makes them weaker yet .
Marlin made a 32HR with stroker kit installed from factory and there are kits out there all so . The 66 or 73 I think make a better CAS gun . I like the 92 it shorter and stronger I use mind for hunting with hot rod loads , also for SASS


 

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I have one of the Marlin 1894CB's in .32 H&R mag but it has the normal lever stroke. The 32 mag is a kick to shoot and besides the Marlin I have 2 Ruger Single Six SSM-4s and a SP101 3". The Cowboy, with the octagon bbl, is really heavy and seems like it would be great for CAS but I sure wouldn't want to hump one around the woods.

 

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Chance, is that a kitty paw print in that tile?
 

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This gun is a super shooter , the most accurate and flat shooting lever gun I ever own . But my rossi I love a little better . Maybe if I short stroke I will like it better .



And here's the pistols to go with it . Only 500 pistols and rifles made in 32-20 .

 

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Natalie said:
Chance, is that a kitty paw print in that tile?
No kitty-kitties in this neighborhood, Natalie, coyotes eat them for snacks. Actually that is a coyote print. When the tiles are made they leave them outside for the coyotes to wander around on at night. We have a couple that hunt rabits in our yard. See them almost every morning. Dogs also don't run free in this area either, they just "disapear". There have even been instances where the coyotes snatch small dogs being walked on leash by their owners. Little old ladies get very pissed but continue to walk their dogs on the golf courses.
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Those short stroke kits do feel nice and yes they shave off some time....

But there is just something cool about the long throw and "clunk" sound of a 66 or 73 toggle link action that says "COWBOY GUN". I think they move from old time guns to modern competition pieces when they are short stroked. (JMHO). It is the way the game has progressed though.

Hard to beat the toggle links for reliablity but yes they are weak actions for sure.

Marlins can be short stroked. I know to get the full benefit with a 45 you need to go to shooting Schoefields in them.
 

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Mine still have the clunk as ya say and it didn't shorten it that much just right if ya ask me. I Have never under stood all the bang and smoke doesn't make ya shoot any better, and I wear glasses so making really long shots are just out of the question any more. I haven't hunted in 10 years or better doubt if I start again any time soon.
 
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