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Hi,
I'm looking to buy a new lever action rifle for deer hunting/target shooting. What I would really like to be able to do is spin it like The Rifleman did to chamber a new round. Basically I want to know what my best option is that allows me to twirl it. I assume that a large caliber would be more difficult to cycle, and i know that a shorter barrel would help. I would prefer a 45-70, but anything that will take down a white tail effectively will do. Yes, I know it's dangerous, and yes, I know there's much more to choosing a gun than being able to do cool tricks.
So:
Is it possible to do with a 45-70, and if so what model?
If not, what models are the easiest to spin?
What shape lever is easiest?

*First hand accounts only. I'm not really interested in what someone's buddy said, or what someone thinks of a gun they've never handled.*

Thanks in advance.
** To clear things up... I don't intend to do this with live ammo... I just implied spinning it to cycle the action that would chamber a new round if loaded. The danger I was implying was hitting either my head or shoulder with the barrel. I have no intentions of sending a bullet through my scapula. I also appreciate the concern from all my new friends. :)
 

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Not very safe or practical...but at the very least you'll need a Big loop lever.
 

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anything can be done, but... talk to a lever gunsmith. that would be your best direction, there is a few lever gunsmiths here i would run that question directly to. Grizzly custom guns, and maybe wild west guns. good luck
 

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I think there is a common theme here conmanj. Don't do it!

I thought the rifleman was a cool thing when growing up, still do but I would never try it.

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Very dangerous indeed - the Rifleman only shot BLANKS in all his scenes . . . . .

Kevin Joseph Connors - THE RIFLEMAN - was 6'5" tall and had long arms - how many of you knew he was signed by the fledgling Boston Celtics but then left basketball to join the Brooklyn Dodgers as a first baseman which was his boyhood dream. Imagine playing baseball alongside these other 1949 teamates:
Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Carl Furillo, Duke Snider, Roy Campanella, Billy Cox, Ralph Branca, Preacher Roe, Carl Erskine, Don Newcombe, and others and winning the championship that season! He used to yell at the pitcher "CHUCK IT TO ME BABY!" and after a short while the other Dodgers and fans called him "CHUCK" and that stayed with him the rest of his life.

And the RIFLE:

The 1892 Winchester caliber .44-40 carbine with a standard 20” barrel that was used on the set of The Rifleman appeared in basically two different style levers. The backwards round D style loop was used in the early episodes. Sometimes the rifle he used had a saddle ring. The style changed to a more flattened lever instead of the large circle loop. This one had no saddle ring. The 8-32 set screw that was tapped through the trigger guard for the rapid fire action also came in different styles. Some were silver; others were black with a silver nut under the head of the screw. Sometimes Chuck Connors had the screw head turned inside close to the trigger. Most of the times he had it on the outside of the trigger guard. In some of the episodes the screw was taken out completely when rapid fire action was not needed. This rapid fire mechanism was designed originally just to keep Chuck Connor's finger from getting punctured by the trigger as he fired and cocked the rifle very fast. The role demanded that. To have a rifle modified in this way certainly presents a safety hazard since the gun will fire as the lever is cocked if the screw is turned in to initiate the trigger. The Rifleman cocked the rifle in two unique fashions. He spin cocked it and swing cocked it. These two cocking methods enabled Chuck Connors to cock the rifle using only one hand. The rifle for the show was designed by the Stembridge Gunsmiths (no longer in existence). Ammunition used on the show was also made by Stembridge. They were five in one quarter load blanks. Most, if not all the sound effects for the rifle shots were dubbed into the footage which is why the rifle sounded so different from the other gunshots on the show. The 1892 Winchester rifle holds eleven shots, although a twelfth shot was dubbed in to the famous opening scene of the show. Another modification was needed since the '92 rifle is a top eject and the top is completely open when the lever is cocked forward. The empty shells are then ejected straight up in the air when the lever is pulled towards you. When the rifle was swing cocked down by Chuck Connors side the rifle cartridges would have fallen to the ground when he had it upside down. So they had a rifle with a special plunger built inside that would hold a bullet in place for this trick.


END OF HISTORY LESSON ! ! ! Details from various internet sources including Wikepedia.


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Are you real tall and have real long arms?
 

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conmanjWelcome to the forum:biggrin:...I recommend a video camera and a 1895 CB :top:
 

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Well you have been given GOOD advice,......................................BUT good OL' Tex Grebner can probably put you on the path to a few bullet holes in somebody or maybe an accidental shooting resulting in someones death would please you. GET REAL AND GROW UP! Stupid is as Stupid does! Leave Hollywood to the pros. Mr fixit
 

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Great lecture by Professor GB45!!!:congrats:

When is the quiz?

DD
 

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I'm actually thinking about the 1895GBL... I'd like this gun to be relatively compact since its main duty will be to push brush lots and heavily wooded areas. I'm looking into an M1A for my almost-to-heavy-to-carry gun, although the 1895 cowboy does seem nice. Right now I'm in a toss up between the two rifles because I spend about half my time sitting on large open fields shooting long range and half my time driving deer through semi-close range areas where a shotgun just wont do.
 

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Good Move - - - - We like our M.O.'s and want them to be around as lonnnnngggggg as possible to enjoy the info and banter . . .

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GB45, tell us another story...I'm not sleepy yet. Tell us the one about Rooster Cogburn again...pleease?
 

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AWWW GEEE - - we need to go to the ADVANTAGE OF THE .35 REMINGTON thread for stories like that !!!!!!

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