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Old 04-07-2017, 06:23 AM   #21
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Can't--hand hurts too bad so I'm taking a break from magnums. Not sure how much if any of that is due to shooting 44 mag. I tweaked my shooting hand in 2 different ways in the last week or so. One, by banging it into a door frame, and two, while lifting the seats for my old mini van out of the garage and into the van for the trip to the junkyard. My shooting hand hurt on the last trip even while shooting a relatively heavy 9mm. Just got back from the range after putting 210 rounds through my 3 other neglected 22's. Will try and add a quick range report later.
That is why I sold my 3" 629 and I only shoot my 5" during hunting season. I also switched from 40S&W back to 9mm on my carry guns.
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Old 04-07-2017, 06:52 AM   #22
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My 44 mag handgun days are about over. In fact, no longer have an interest in shooting the nasty stuff in a revolver. Now shooting those cartridges - 44 mag and heavy 45 Colt - in rifles. Allows me to get all the benefits and more with those cartridges without the pain and recoil. Even 357 mags are much nicer to shoot in a rifle.

Still shoot the standard 45 Colts in my Blackhawk and other single actions. Those are much nicer to shoot in a revolver than standard 44 mags.

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Most of my pistols cartridge in rifle and pistol are 6.0 gr Unique and are around 800 FPS and very pleasing to shoot .
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:01 PM   #24
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Got my new Volquartsen bushing and she's ready to shoot. They sent the style with the flange on top, which was listed as the "old style" on the invoice. This really seems like a better design. The flange sets the depth in the hole, and it fits nice and tight once you tighten down the one frame screw. Kudos to Volquartsen for their quick response and for quickly sending out the piece at no charge. It seems to cycle quieter than before, when pulling the bolt manually. Planning to shoot it tomorrow.

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I'm glad to see they took care of you.
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Old 04-10-2017, 04:26 PM   #26
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We'll be expecting a range report, of course.
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Quality speaks for itself. Look forward to your range report.
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Old 04-11-2017, 01:49 PM   #28
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Got the Scorpion to the range today and it ran perfectly (as usual) for 140 rds. The first 10 shot string I shot at 50 ft was in a good group, but half of em in the white to the right. Same thing with the 2nd string. So I decided to bench rest it. Not sure how the new bushing could change the point of impact, but the first string at 25 yd was a 5/8" group, but about 1 1/2" to the right. Had to come 5 clicks left with my red dot. I shot a few more bench rest strings, and they were all 5/8 to 7/8" groups. So I shot a few more timed fire strings and then did the whole 50 ft course of fire for my 22 league. (by the way I'm sitting out the current 22 league, thinking about picking up the summer one) My slow fires were fairly lousy back to back 84's, but the timed and rapid were all pretty good. I wound up at 553 out of 600 with 17x. 17 x's out of 40 shots isn't bad. So, the Volquartsen is back to normal, except it really does run quieter.
Then I shot 36 rd of 38 spl and 12 rd of 357 with my GP100. Even with the Hogues, the 357's hurt my hand a bit. Not sure when I'll take another crack at 44 mags.
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Funny how little tings like that can change POI, sometimes. 5 clicks on the red dot at 25 yards isn't all that much, though, so sounds like problem solved. Anyway, I'm sure you're happy to have your old pal back and shooting. Good for you.

Yeah, the pain thing. I'm at the point where if there's pain, I stop. I've put up with that for too long for the sake of otherwise liking some guns and since I only target shoot these days, pretty silly wrestling with the big magnums in the revolvers. Oe thing I've found as a solution to keep shooting the 44 mag and other magnum straight wall revolver cartridges with NO pain is to shoot them in a rifle. Gives them a nice power boost, to boot. Fun, fun, fun to shoot offhand at 25 and 50 yards, too. Yup, still something to be said for cartridges that can be shot from both handguns and rifles. Just mention it as an option you might want to explore with your 357 and 44.

For instance, this Marlin carbine in 357 is light and handy enough to shoot with one hand, if need be, but totally painless to shoot with the heaviest 357 loads.


Here's a gorgeous recent addition in 44 mag that actually makes the 44 mag a joy to shoot. Keeps me shooting my favorite handgun cartridge without the pain. May do a post on it, sometime.

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NCG...Your opinion is greatly respected on this website....
Let me ask your opinion, and you are free to ignore....
Do you think Marlin quality has declined since their close, sale, buy-out, or what ever?
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My honest answer is that you need to take it on a gun by gun basis. The Remington buyout of Marlin is a prime example of a poorly executed buyout. Plenty of good Remington made Marlins out there as well as plenty of the other kind.

Then, too, some models Marlins have given Remington more trouble to get right than others. The Model 39 and the 1894s (same basic actions) have been the biggest headache, given that they require more careful fitting. This action dates back to the 1890s and does not lend itself to the hurry up and get them assembled techniques now used by most manufacturers. Much more difficult gun to do than a Remington 870 or Model 700. The Model 39A isn't even listed by them, anymore. As a result, older 39s and 1894s actually made by the original Marlin are going up in price, fast. The 357s are especially hard to find, given that very few owners want to part with them.

The 336/1895 (30-30, 35 Rem, 45-70) are simpler guns, originally engineered that way for the sake of competing with the more complex Winchester Model 94 and are much less likely to be defective. This 336/1895 action is the more modern action and superior to the Winchester in many ways. It lends itself to more modern manufacturing techniques. I know several locals with these guns that report they've been pleased.

I only buy Marlin made Marlins for sentimental reasons, not because I have a negative opinion of the Remington made guns. My very first gun was an original Marlin, so when I buy a Marlin, I want a gun made by the original company in the original plant, not a gun made in a different plant by a different outfit. I have nothing against the Remington made guns, other than the way Remington botched the way they took over Marlin.

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