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Old December 21, 2012, 01:31 PM   #26
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I saw some one mention the 1873s. Correct me if I am wrong but are those not the weaker toggle actions? I would not trust those to the hotter 357 magnum loads on a regular basis. They work great for cowboy loads but the 73s will not take the hunting loads very long and a failure would result in a bolt to the face.
Since they make and warranty the same basic gun in .44 Mag I doubt it. You also need to remember that the steel now used is of much higher quality than what was available in 1873. I've been shooting my '73 clone for about 5 years with full power .45 Colt rounds, I'm a CAS Shooter. The only trouble I ever had was with some really dirty loads I tried, just to much residue and unburnt powder.
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Old December 22, 2012, 10:18 PM   #27
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I have heard about the 73s not being able to shoot hot ammo as well. I think they are absolutely the prettiest lever actions ever made. If I could find one that could take hot and heavy 357 magnums all day long I would let my son have my marlin that he wants.
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