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Spent the morning at the range, sighting in my 1881 Marlin .40-60 for deer or elk. Wasn't sure which I would use it for. Also took along a couple of 1893's in .30-30, as I like to have a backup gun, in case of a problem.
The 1881 shot acceptable groups of @2.5" at 100 yds, and should be fine for that distance. The two model 1893's I took were a .30-30 carbine, and a .30-30 deluxe takedown, which is half of my two barrel set. The carbine shot very good groups with it's rocky mountain front, and buckhorn rear. All shots were under 2", and that's more than satisfactory for my abilities. On the other hand the deluxe takedown left me speechless! It has a Lyman tang sight, and Ballard globe front sight. The groups from this rifle were three shots touching, and the other two less than an inch away!
I think the model 1881 will be my backup gun for deer season, as I can't imagine not using the 1893 takedown as my primary gun! My loads were 150 grain jsp, with 32.0 grains of H335, which is about 2100 fps. A decent average load that felt stout in the lightweight carbine, but pretty mild in the 28" half octagon barreled deluxe rifle. The long sighting radius and tang/globe sight combo really help too!
Can't wait for the first weekend in October!
 

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Vall...what is the bullet load in this 40-60? i have thought about changeing a 45-70 over to this someday.....a sleeve job!
cast bullets? any pics? i have forgotten that one........
 

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I have two molds for the .40-60 Marlin. One is a 300 grain flat nose, and the other is a 250 grain flat nose. I loaded the 300 with a full case of ffg Clean Shot replicant. I don't have a weight, as I load with a dipper I made from an old .45-70 case.
My smokeless load for the 300 is 40 grains of 3031, or 25 grains of 2400.
My load for the 250 is 18 grains of 2400. All these loads are mild at about 1500 fps.
I like the .40-60, but it is a bit of a problem getting the right sizing die for my bore. The Marlins run a bit smaller than the Winchester version, the .40-65 cal. Winchesters use a .412 bullet, while my 1881's use a .408 bullet. I've shot the .40-65's in my 1881, but the accuracy is not good.
 
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