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I recently tested some defense loads in some of my lever rifles with a chronograph in my laundry room. The chrony was 9' from the muzzle of the rifles. Most of these loads are intended as defense loads.

My test rifles were:

Marlin 1894SS 20" - .44 magnum


Marlin 1894CBC 20" - .45 Colt


Legacy/Rossi '92 Ltd. 16" Trapper - .454 Casull/.45Colt


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.44 Magnum
Marlin 1894SS 20" Hornady 240 gr. JHP/XTP 1897 fps/1918 fpe
Marlin 1894SS 20" Fiocchi 240 gr. JSP 1838 fps/1800 fpe
Marlin 1894SS 20" Speer Gold Dot 210 gr. JHP 1913 fps/1706 fpe
Marlin 1894SS 20" Win. 240 gr. Hollow SP 1744 fps/1621 fpe
Marlin 1894SS 20" American Eagle 240 gr. JHP 1686 fps/ 1514 fpe


.44 Special
Marlin 1894SS 20" WW 200gr. Silvertip HP 893 fps/354 fpe

.45 Colt
Marlin 1894CBC 20" Corbon 200 gr. JHP 1451 fps/934 fpe
Legacy Puma 92 16" Corbon 200 gr. JHP 1197fps/636 fpe

Legacy Puma 92 16" Speer Gold Dot 250 gr. JHP 948fps/498 fpe
Marlin 1894CBC 20" Speer Gold Dot 250 gr. JHP 828fps/381 fpe

Legacy Puma 92 16" Houston Cart-Cowboy RNFP 934 fps/484 fpe

Legacy Puma 92 16" Win. 225 gr. Silvertip HP 958fps/459 fpe
Marlin 1894CBC 20" Win. 225 gr. Silvertip HP 852 fps/ 363 fpe


.454 Casull
Legacy Puma 92 16" Win 260 gr. Sup Partn Gold 2271 fps/2977 fpe
 

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Dhart,
Can you tell us more about your "laundry room" that is large enough to test firearms in? Have I missed something back in the archives? :shock:
 

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Jay... it's not really all that big... perhaps 7' wide and 22' long. I put my back to a short wall... put the chrony about 12" from the wall, and then about 6' past the chrony I put a 20" fir round as a backstop. I have a very ample supply of fir rounds from some trees I've taken down. The fir rounds put up a very substantial barrier, even to the .454 Casull and .44 magnum rounds. Just for insurance, I think in future I will put two more fir rounds touching each other side by side behind the central fir round... like setting bowling pins. Certainly not an ideal set up by any means, but it works. I live on acerage, so there aren't any houses nearby, and of course my aim is done VERY carefully! Can't afford any misses! Kids: don't try this at home! :wink:
 
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You are married, right? Have a wife?? and she allows you to use the laundry room with no repercussions??!! :shock: :lol: :lol: Just teasing you. That was my first reaction when you said "laundry room" for testing loads. Whew!! Trouble in River City for sure!! :)
 

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Marlin 1894CP .357 Magnum 16.25" ported barrel.

.357 Magnum

Marlin 1894CP Buffalo Bore 125gr Gold Dot 2275fps/1436fpe
Marlin 1894CP Buffalo Bore 158gr Gold Dot 2100fps/1547fpe

Chrony 10" from Muzzle.
 

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P.S.

My wife isn't talking to me for using the laundry room for my test.........maybe I souldn't have used her washer and dryer for a backstop? :shock: :wink: :D
 

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Live-in girlfriend. She's pretty laid back about letting me do what I want to do - it is my house anyway! I guess I'm pretty fortunate about that. I don't leave a big mess or anything and usually do it while she's out. By the time she comes back, there's just a whiff of gunpowder in the air and a big old honkin' fir round with bullet holes in it tucked in the corner. :p

Those Buffalo Bore rounds sure do whip up a fire out of that sweet little Marlin!
 

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I also have the Buffalo Bore 180gr Hardcast that produce 1400fps from my Ruger GP100. Haven't got to try them in my Marlin 1894CP yet. Wouldn't use them though for Defense load (other than Bear Defense) due to overpenetration. Make a great deer round though!
 
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