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Old June 26, 2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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Falling Block Rifle

Hey guys, my curiosity is up regarding falling block rifle actions. Can anyone make any suggestions regarding an affordable centerfire falling block rifle? I'm really just looking for a range toy to satisfy my curiosity, not any high end or especially collectible. Thanks guys!
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Old June 26, 2012, 01:21 AM   #2
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Ruger #1, Win 1885 and any of its clones, Dakota #10, Hagn, Heym.
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Old June 26, 2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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Can anyone make any suggestions regarding an affordable centerfire falling block rifle?
A used Ruger #1 would probably be your most affordable option. Ruger produced a #3 at one point that I believe was more affordable at the time, but I don't see many of them and when I do they are not as affordable as you would think a "budget" model would be.
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Old June 26, 2012, 09:11 AM   #4
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]I decided on a modern M1885 Winchester. John Browning designed the original and it is one of the best single shot actions ever made.

While the modern, Japanese made M1885 has different trigger internal parts from originals, it does not seem to be a problem and the BPCR crowd tell me shooters are doing very well with the BPCR versions.

The M1885 will do a good job in terms of protecting the shooter from gas leaks, I like the external hammer, and the Winchester rifle has wonderful case hardening colors.

Several companies make M1885, handled a Uberti version and it would make an excellent hunting rifle.

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Old June 26, 2012, 12:03 PM   #5
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A Ruger No. 1 or No. 3 will set you back between $600-$800 in nice used condition. Be picky about the caliber, don't want to get a hard-to-find wildcat, stick with the standards.

It's a classic design and you will enjoy it.
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Old June 26, 2012, 01:16 PM   #6
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I have the Browning 1885 in 45-70. Made by Miroku ,a great rifle ,accurate and fine for hunting . As strong as the Ruger # 1 ,a real keeper !!
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Old June 26, 2012, 10:37 PM   #7
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+ 1 for the Ruger #1,might have to shop around a while to find a deal.
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Old June 27, 2012, 03:12 AM   #8
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Don't forget the Browning model 78 as well.
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Old June 29, 2012, 06:55 AM   #9
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If you want a falling block, look no further than a nice used Ruger No. 1. I own a 45-70 Gov't and it is the crown jewel of my collection.
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Old June 29, 2012, 08:21 AM   #10
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Be warned, falling block rifles are additive. I bought my first, an Uberti 1885 High Wall in .38/55 and I was hooked. My second, also an Uberti is in 45/70 was purchased a few years latter. The 35/55 is a great "let's go and shoot 100 rounds today" gun as the recoil is mild where as the 45/70 is a bit more harsh. I load both to black powder velocities (1300 fps +/-) using smokeless powder and they are outstanding in their performance. I had outfitted both guns with soule target sights and I was totally impressed with the accuracy. With some practice you can shoot one of these as accurately as you can with a scope. Both of these rifles are now topped with 18" Malcolm 6 power scopes with are correct for the age of the rifles (one of the problems of old age).

My third is a Browning Low Wall in .22 Hornet with a Leupold 3 - 9 scope. This rifle was made to be used with a scope and has no provision for open target sights. This gun is a real joy to shoot and will shoot 1.5" at 200 yds from a good solid rest.

The quality of Browning falling blocks and that of the Uberti is very high and I feel that you will be well served with either rifle. I am attracted to the Uberti because they are almost exact copies of the original Browning design where as the new Brownings are externally the same but the internal part are totally different.

You will love either one.
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