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    Getting the most out of the Marlin 45 Colt Cowboy w/ Octagon barrel

    What tips do you have to improve a stock Marlin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Robinson View Post
    What tips do you have to improve a stock Marlin?
    Load Development and shooting it. Every rifle has it's preferences.

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    What type of accuracy is "as good as it gets" with the 45 Colt at 100 yards? I understand every rifle is different, gotta find the right load, etc...but in general...what is to be expected from a stock 45 colt Marlin and then what can be done to improve upon this?

    I have seen some mention only resizing the case for the bullet, and not the entire case, but frankly I am not interested in that. I mention my resistance to that idea because for ME it takes out the revolver ability of the round...which is one of the main advantages of having such a rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee Robinson View Post
    What type of accuracy is "as good as it gets" with the 45 Colt at 100 yards? I understand every rifle is different, gotta find the right load, etc...but in general...what is to be expected from a stock 45 colt Marlin and then what can be done to improve upon this?

    I have seen some mention only resizing the case for the bullet, and not the entire case, but frankly I am not interested in that. I mention my resistance to that idea because for ME it takes out the revolver ability of the round...which is one of the main advantages of having such a rifle.
    Hey Lee,

    Welcome to MO.

    One would expect less than 2" @ 100yds, from a 1894. 255LSWC, 7.5 Universal Clays, Fed 150. 900fps from 7-1/2" revolver. Easy on recoil, very clean and accurate. Just saying.......

    Later, Mark
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    Lee I would go with cast if you want to use the same ammo in a rifle and pistol. The rifle will most likely take a larger diameter bullet than your revolver. Thats just the way many Marlins are. You will need to slug the barrel to find out what you need. You could then have the cylinder of your revolver reamed to the same size for best accuracy once you find a dia that works in the rifle. As far as cast goes my .45 rifle needed the .454's

    And after all that work one gun may not like the amount of powder as the other. You will be lucky to get great accuracy out of both guns with the same ammo!
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    I am mainly interested in hunting loads...so I shoot a 270 grain keith type bullet over 24 grains of H110 out of my Rugers. I am curious about the realistic accuracy and range of these Marlin lever actions. I have one and am working on a good round...but don't want to be "satisified" until I find the limits of these rifles.


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