Nor are they meant for shooting pronghorns halfway across Wyoming. The rail lets you mount any type optic you want and, if you use quick-detach rings, you can switch between open sights and a riflescope in seconds. Subscribe today to have GunHunter delivered to your home. Following are some enhancements that can make them even more efficient. Brownells sells aftermarket big-loop levers from DRC Custom and Wild West Guns. www.marlinfirearms.com is using a security service for protection against online attacks. www.marlinfirearms.com is using a security service for protection against online attacks. The Weaver Backup Sight mounts directly to a Weaver scope base. Sensible modifications for a lever gun enhance its inherent attributes rather than make it something it’s not. Brockman smoothed the action, worked the trigger and installed his big loop lever and tritium front sight. Thousands of hunters still use them.
Just about any riflescope greatly diminishes the slick handling characteristics of a lever-action rifle. Operating some lever actions feels like working a rusty pump handle. The big loop lever is a another viable modification. The service requires full cookie support in order to view this website. The lever-action rifle is an iconic American firearm.
• Safe Sense: Are your guns safe from boogeymen, fire and kiddies? This article was published in the November 2009 edition of Buckmasters GunHunter Magazine. Subscribe today to have GunHunter delivered to your home. Assemble and work the lever for about two hours. This process is automatic. No other rifle epitomizes the American hunter like the lever action, and with a little cash and a little work, you can make it even better.
It features a 22" barrel with deep-cut Ballard-type rifling, an American black walnut pistol-grip stock and fore-end with cut … This keeps your rifle ready and frees up your other hand to scan the timber with a binocular. Brockman’s modified base incorporates a pop-up peep sight that’s compressed when the riflescope is attached. www.marlinfirearms.com is using a security service for protection against online attacks. On paper, this gives you about 200 additional fps, but in reality, expect less. I just replaced the mainspring on a Marlin 1895, reducing the trigger pull from 4.75 to 2.25 pounds. I mounted an XS Ghost Ring rear sight and installed a single Weaver base in front of that so I could alternatively use an Aimpoint Micro T1 red dot sight. A lever-action is intended to be used at close range, where fast follow-up shots are likely. Please enable cookies on your browser and try again. You are here: Magazines > GunHunter > Articles. Jim opened the chamber up so the rifle would also fire .327 Federal Magnum ammo. Gray AmericanFlag Mesh CapFree Shipping$20.95. Quick pointing, fast-handling and classic styling chambered for big bore rounds of .45-70 Government. The SBL might be the perfect lever-action hunting rifle or at least a blueprint to use when building one. You should still be able to shoot standard .30-30 Win ammunition in the Ackley Improved chamber. This collection of Marlin .45-70 Rifles are hard-hitting, big game-dropping powerhouses.. Disassemble the action and coat all moving parts with JB Bore Paste or Montana X-treme Bore Polish, both available from Brownells and Midway USA. He also cut the barrel back to 16 inches to improve balance. In some situations, the lever gun can be the best option. All Rights Reserved. But if the work is not done perfectly, you’ll end up with excessive headspace and failures to fire when using factory ammo.
MSRP: $805.56. The Waters offers a substantial ballistic advantage over the .30-30 Win, and factory ammunition is available from Federal, so you won’t have to reload. This is not difficult to fix. The kit comes with two springs. If the gun is a Marlin, install one of Brownells’ spring kits while you have the rifle apart.
If you’re not comfortable doing the work yourself, or if you’re looking for more advanced modifications, you can ship the gun to one of several builders that specialize in lever-action rifles. Other options include the modified Talley scope base from Jim Brockman and XS Sights’ Weaver Backup. Available in various finishes and textures ranging from black walnut to laminated hardwood. After hunting on four continents with a wide array of firearms, I must admit that a lever gun would have worked just fine for about 80 percent of the shots I’ve taken.