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Old 10-24-2015, 02:45 PM   #1
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45LC Rifle to go with 45LC Revolver ?

Sooner or later I'm looking to buy a Ruger Vaquero in 45LC. Thinking ahead, what would be a good Rifle to go along with it, also in 45LC? For a Marlin, it would have to be a JM only. For a Winchester, it would have to be a US Made one only.

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Old 10-24-2015, 03:24 PM   #2
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With those two, it's going to be expensive, either way. JM Marlins are hard enough to find, but since Winchester lever guns are now made by Miroku in Japan, a US made Winchester in 45 Colt will be tougher and not even sure Winchester made any in 45 before the plant closed down.

I think you're best bet with American made would be a Henry, right now.
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:08 PM   #3
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Appreciate the reply.

I've been doing a little research in the meantime, and I am leaning towards a Marlin 1894. I know they can be expensive, but there is always hope of a good deal on a used one, lol.

I am a big Henry fan, and have a H001 22, but I "have to have" a Loading Gate. It's just my personality, lol.

Another thing about a Marlin 1894 that I like, I just read somewhere where they were "designed" for the Pistol Ammo, besides reading up on many other good things about them.

Any other comments about them or any others would be welcome.
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Have owned and shot a late JM 357 Cowboy with the long 24" barrel. Great gun, very accurate with either 357 or 38s, but the darned thing was just too pretty and we worried too much about scratching, so traded it off. Probably a mistake, but got a very good price on it when we traded it off because it really is a seller's market on JM 1894s in 357 or 45 (the 44 mags are more common and the least popular). Unlike me, most folks that own one won't part with them. Not going to be a cheap gun when you do find one, but finding one is the first problem to solve.

Our Texas Gun Runner, here, is the real expert on the cowboy action stuff and our 303 knows as much about Henrys - probably as much as the folks at Henry. I hope they chime in to help.

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Old 10-25-2015, 04:31 AM   #5
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Sure Bill why not?
I would think a lever gun for 45LC.
I have a bolt gun in .357Mag. Lever too.

I have a .45acp carbine to go with my 1911 and other .45 pistols.

The Best is my henry in .357 Mag to go with the majority of my .357 revolvers.
.357Mag is one of my all time favorite round and chamber.

I like the convenience concept of long gun/side arm both chambered the same for being out in the woods or whatever.

Plus, it's beautiful
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IMO the .45LC Henry Big Boy would be the best of all worlds.
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I have the Marlin 1894 Cowboy in 45LC and a Uberti Colt clone 45LC for a companion, both are great to shoot, sold both of my old style Vaqueros. Had some problems with the Uberti at first due to tight tollerances but have had no problems after the gunsmith tuned it up. The marlin is just sweet and likes the Buffalo Bore hunting ammo!
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I like the convenience concept of long gun/side arm both chambered the same for being out in the woods or whatever.
I agree. I like how that presently works with my 22's.
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sold both of my old style Vaqueros.
How did you like your Vaqueros when you had them?
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We have a Bisley 357 New Vaquero and love it, other than the minimal sights. It's our smoothest Ruger SA and a delight to shoot. Can also get it in 45 Colt, of course.




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Are these guns mainly for hunting , informal target shooting or Cowboy Action shooting ?? So I need to know to recommend the right one the 1st time ...Here is one I built for just fun shooting .
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How did you like your Vaqueros when you had them?
Loved them, handed the Buffalo Bore lads well. Note: Old style, not te new version.
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Are these guns mainly for hunting , informal target shooting or Cowboy Action shooting ?? So I need to know to recommend the right one the 1st time ...Here is one I built for just fun shooting .
Informal Target Shooting.
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north country gal, the Vaquero looks great !!
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Thanks cowboy. Really like the medium frame New Model Blackhawk editions like the New Vaquero and the recent Flat Top distributor exclusives. Makes the big standard Blackhawk guns feel clunky by comparison.
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We have a Bisley 357 New Vaquero and love it, other than the minimal sights. It's our smoothest Ruger SA and a delight to shoot. Can also get it in 45 Colt, of course.



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Informal Target Shooting.
In USA made guns

Marlin1894 rifle is my 1st choice ............ you can get in pistol cal and scope it later if you see the need to .

Ruger Blackhawk for adj sights or the Vaquero for fix sight and many different cal .

I sold all these gun in pic

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Nice looking set of guns there.

The next thing on my list is trying to find out which 1894's were offered in 45LC. I'd be interested in JM's only. I did a little research work, but could not find the info that I am looking for. I also posted it over at MarlinOwners and I got some replies, but so far no listings of which.
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Appreciate the reply.

I've been doing a little research in the meantime, and I am leaning towards a Marlin 1894. I know they can be expensive, but there is always hope of a good deal on a used one, lol.

I am a big Henry fan, and have a H001 22, but I "have to have" a Loading Gate. It's just my personality, lol.

Another thing about a Marlin 1894 that I like, I just read somewhere where they were "designed" for the Pistol Ammo, besides reading up on many other good things about them.

Any other comments about them or any others would be welcome.
To me a centerfire needs a loading gate.
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Old 10-27-2015, 07:16 AM   #19
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Try this for info on 1894s in 45 Colt. As you cn see, these are are later production guns, so not going to be a lot of them around. Best of luck.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forum/at...2-04-15-14.pdf

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Interesting chart, thanks for posting it.

Although at a quick glance, I see some of the 336 info listed wrong.

But it's something I can work with.

Thanks again north country gal.
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