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Have you looked at the Henry Golden rifles....they are a bit higher....but they come in .357 and .44....with Marlin's current quality issues, I'm leaning towards them....and I love the tube feed instead of loading gate....
 

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You may have something there...I have not looked very closely at the Henrys. I have seen broken loading gates also. When that gets broken, all you have is a heavy single shot until it's replaced. The rifle won't cycle without it. The Henry is about $150 more though.
The main reason I want a Marlin is that I have worked on them a lot. I learned a few tricks from Larry Crow on them. I appreciate the advice. I'll see what I can learn about old Henry. Thanks!
 

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I've never owned one but I hear slick and relliable....now if they'd just do stainless....
 

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The Puma’s are about the same prices as Marlins. Most of the cowboy shooters agree that Marlin makes a much better rifle though. They all advise to buy the Marlin even if it’s higher in price.
I think not being able to find what I want in stock is a pretty good sign of how much popular the Marlins are.
After I read Sheepdog’s advice about the Henry rifle, I went to their website and ordered a catalog. They also ask if you want to email the president of the company for suggestions. I told him I would like to download a few owner’s manuals. I received an email within 2 hours and it had the president’s name on the email address. Cool! He gave me a link for the manuals.
 

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I can say that the trigger is the best, have it in three of mine.
 

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I called a few months back, got the same friendly service from a son of the owner....I like their style....
 

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Those type rifles are slow once ya get some greased lighten in your blood.
 

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Hey Thanks for that link. I know a bunch of those fellers. They have shot here at Hooten Old Town Regulators
 

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Oh I am not saying that there aren't folks that can make them run. There is a good bit of work that has to done to them to get them to run. Mine is in 45 Colt talk to a fellow shooter about the blow by told me there wasn't anything could be done. Another one told me either more powder or a heavy bullet. That sounded good tried the more powder deal got more blow by. Didn't try the heavy bullet. I have a 73 love it had it adjust smooth as glass, the price free.
Some day I plan to put a short stroke kit in it and the new 66 I have, the person that can do that for me live a few miles down the road from me. I don't have to send them off get them to worked on.
Everyone has what works for them and what they like,to me and in my hands they are slow. Since I am the shooter its what works for me. I am far from a world class shooter but one never knows, if it gonna take a Marlin slicked up to get me to the world class shooter then that is what I am going to shoot but for me now I shoot a 73 and 66.
So for me my answer for me makes perfect since.
amost 100 bucks for a triger wow that is costly.
 

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The 66 and 73 are sweet guns and run smooth but the actions are long and weak . Marlins
are strong and short like the 92 which is my pick . I use mine in SASS and hunting in 44-40
which was designed to work in lever guns and SEALS in low and high pressure loads and black
powder better that a straight wall case . The bottle neck case feed like water in a funnel and
I reloaded my brass over 60 times without one case failure in 12 yrs and they are used in 6
different guns . And level 3 loads meet or exceed the 44 mags spec , which can't be used in
a 66 or 73 action or colt pistols . But ok in Vaquero and 92 wins
 

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Great glad they work for you, I have plenty of rifles to hunt with 30-30 35 Remington and so on heck I even have a 338 Win Mag. there is nothing here in Texas that needs that much killin but I have it just the same. The 66 and 73 are stronge enough for what I use them for sass.
 

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well, snuffy has done flung a cravin' on me so i've been lookin' around at some cowboy guns here and there........

this site has an 1894c in 38/357 amongst other guns that are interestin'................

http://www.johnnythundersticks.com/SHOTGUNS.HTM

and for some reason, this uberti colt copy open top model holds my interest though i really don't know much about them. i know the full frame is stronger----but still.................


http://www.johnnythundersticks.com/REVOLVERS.HTM
 

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now thats a switch.............i've seen muzle loaders converted to cartridge such as the ruger old army and the above mentioned uberti, but not of conversions going the other direction.

who made them?
 
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