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For reloading purposes, does anyone know which category this action is in?

-- Lever action?

-- Strong single shot (like Ruger #1)?

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Hey there Sean T -- You might consider the "trapdoor Springfield" sections of reloading manuals as a starting point. This may be erring on the conservative side but with a light rifle like that, you will find it far more enjoyable to shoot. Could also be a plus on the accuracy side of things as well. Best regards. Wind
 

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Sean,
My Lyman's 49th edition has three levels of load data with Win model 1886 and Marlin 1895 sharing the same load data. It also specificly mentions ONLY Ruger #1 and #3 as being stout enough for the heavier loads. Its section for the 1873 Springfield mentions Rem rolling blocks, Sharps Rifles, and H&R Trapdoors requiring the lightest loads.

I only have experience with the 1895s so others here will probably elaborate with greater detail on the other rifles.
 

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The 1885 and 1878 are in the same class as the ruger#1 they are falling block actions, i have a 1878 browning they are very strong actions!
 

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csa 357 said:
The 1885 and 1878 are in the same class as the ruger#1 they are falling block actions, i have a 1878 browning they are very strong actions!
That's what I thought - they are modern falling blocks (not rolling blocks) and are available in .375 H&H too but I was not sure.
 

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My local shop has had a like new one on the shelf for over 7 or 8 years. It has a level on the front sight and a tang rear sight. What are they worth?
 

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What I have seen is in the $1200 to $1600 range, new, depending on features.
 

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Go figure, they want $1400 for it.
 

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gonzo said:
Go figure, they want $1400 for it.
Gonzo, If it is a Browning "BPCR" and it includes all the factory supplied goods (original box, original rear tang sights, original front spirit level sights with inserts card, owners manual, and so forth) and assuming it is in excellent condition, then it is certainly worth $1400.00

Browning only made these rifles for a few years and they are one of the "darlings" of the Black Powder Cartridge Rifle Sillouette Game. Taken care of, (even when used on a regular basis) they just seem to keep going up in value.

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