Enhancing a Marlin 1984 Cowboy 45LC for Silhouette
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    Red face Enhancing a Marlin 1984 Cowboy 45LC for Silhouette

    So, after years of doing "tactical" pistol stuff I've decided that cowboys have more fun

    I've shot a couple Silhouette practice nights with a Henry .22LR and at one fired another member's Marlin in .41 MAG and it kind of hooked me.

    So I ordered a Marlin 1984 Cowboy (in 45LC for ease of ammo acquisition) and want to set it up for my aging eyes.

    I'm thinking of either a Lyman Globe or Lee Shaver front sight and am interested in opinions on models and sight heights.

    For the rear, I was thinking about Marble Tang Sights though would consider the Lee Shaver Soule if I could be convinced they were really worth the price difference.

    I'll be grateful for advice on those choices and any other advice you can offer on my first center fire Marlin and in getting into Silhouette.

    Thanks !
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    Welcome to the forum, can't help with your question.

    good luck.

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    Welcome from coastal South Carolina!

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    Skinner and RPP both make good sights too! I forgot Williams peeps.
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    No hands on experience with either so not much help.
    Front sight height will be dictated to a degree by your rear sight, I know when I put a Williams ace in the hole on my 357 I had to raise the front sight a with a block to get it shooting to POA.
    Think the 45LC should be able to do double duty in both the pistol and rifle calibre events.
    I usually use a 357 for pistol cal and 30/30 or 45/70 for rifle as the 357 wont consistently knock down the bigger rams at 200 in the rifle match.
    I have a 327 henry on the way that might replace the 357 for pistol calibre matches.

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    I've been shooting a 45C Cowboy in PC silh. since Marlin came out with the Cowboy...probably have somewhere over 7 or 8 thousand rounds thru...the best you can get for real competition is the Williams target model receiver sight... you can use the original front sight if you want (mine works fine but its the 24" bbl. version). You can use anywhere from 200 to 230gr bullets with moderate powder charges..very accurate rifle. I'm assuming you will be reloading..start with Unique powder and go from there...shrps74
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    First - It is no longer "Cowboy" - we got rid of that name so there would be less confusion with the people who dress up and shoot.
    Second - Look at Steel Chickens web site - You'll get the correct answer there.

    45 Colt is good for Pistol Cartridge matches. I used a 255gr cast bullet and 4227 powder. I strongly suggest a Williams receiver sight and a Lyman 17A front sight...let the folks at Steel Chickens tell you which Lyman to use up front. Get a gib lock screw for the Williams and you'll have a good start on Lever Action Silhouette.

    You can use your .22 Henry for small bore and pistol cartridge matches. You may loose a few heavy animals, but it'll be a good learning tool.

    Michael
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    45colt (and 44Mag, 44-40, etc) is legal for Pistol Cartridge AS LONG AS it doesn’t damage the targets.... and it WILL damage mild steel chickens unless loaded way below subsonic.... At my matches I give shooters the option to shoot them with the understanding they are responsible for replacing or repairing any broken/damaged targets. One guy just brought me back 11 of the targets he and his buddy shooting a 44Mag broke in just 4 matches.

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    Congrats and Welcome to the forum from Missouri!!! Please post pics and range report when you get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackdog View Post
    First - It is no longer "Cowboy" - we got rid of that name so there would be less confusion with the people who dress up and shoot.
    Second - Look at Steel Chickens web site - You'll get the correct answer there.

    Michael
    Not sure if you were talking to me or not...however, my Rifle is a 45C "Cowboy",,, I was not speaking about the sport...BobG in VA


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