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Old January 7, 2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Would like to get my first cowboy gun

I would like to get into an old school big bullet cowboy gun. I am most interested in a .45-70. On a budget for this one though. Dont want cheap crap though!!

What would you guys recommend?
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Old January 7, 2013, 06:42 PM   #2
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Big Bore CAS Rifle

Best choice is a Marlin Cowboy 45-70 0r if you can find it a Cowboy 336 in 38-55. Neither of these are crappy, nor are they cheap. You won't find a cheap/not crappy rifle out there. MHO ( I have the 38-55, love it)
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Old January 7, 2013, 06:49 PM   #3
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Thats why I came here, I have never even heard of that round.

I was really hoping to spend under 1000 dollars. More around 800 would be idea. Is that even possible?
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Old January 7, 2013, 08:14 PM   #4
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Not sure of your total budget. I saw a real deal. Model 1874 Springfield trap door at a local gun store with a price tag of $900 plus sales tax. It was in decent shape. ( Awesome shape if you factor in it was made in the 1880's.) Shootable with black powder loads. I would have picked it up. Though I have one that I inherited. It gets fired every once in a blue moon.

For nostalgia, and not competing a Marlin 1895 will set you back for between $550 and $750 depending on set up, and where you buy it.

I have one myself.

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Old January 8, 2013, 12:53 AM   #5
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Unless you are specifically looking for a leaver gun you can probably find a nice used Sharps reproduction for under $1000. Stick to the 1874 model though if you do unless you can find a used 1875 C. Sharps. I have seen them for under a grand before. The 1875 doesn't have the old west appeal of the 1874 but they sure shoot great.
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Old January 10, 2013, 06:39 PM   #6
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I have a Marlin in .38-55. They are really accurate and were in the late 1800s considered a top round for Deer or Black Bear. Mine shoots as well, at 100 yards, as any bolt hunting gun I've ever fired.
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Old January 10, 2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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I would take a look at Rossi. I have one of the ranch hands and I was surprised at the quality. They do make a 45/70. Your best choice would be to save your money and get a Marlin.
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Old January 11, 2013, 11:10 AM   #8
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Just curious, as with someone who was asking about a .44 mag "on a budget", do you reload? .45-70 and .38-55 factory ammo is about $1/round on the cheap end if you're on a budget and actually want to shoot it. If not, you might want to consider a lever in .357 that takes .38s since the factory stuff will be more affordable for "fun".

Of course if ammo costs are no issue or you reload, 45-70 is fun
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Old January 11, 2013, 07:56 PM   #9
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If you can spend a little more or buy used, you might want to look at a Winchester 1886:
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Old January 11, 2013, 08:40 PM   #10
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The only reason I shoot factory ammo is to get the brass, well and for the fun of shooting.
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Old January 12, 2013, 04:06 AM   #11
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If you are in Chelan WA, I have a couple of good leads for you.
In Tacoma I saw a used 44 mag cowboy 450.00 Action is the smoothest I have ever seen in any marlin.
Also saw a slightly used 357 Cowboy for 559.00

If your interested PM my for the details
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