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Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Modernizing The Lever Gun WITHOUT Faggotry

 The poor ol' traditional lever gun. If the gear queer smooth boys aren't trying to tacti-pimp it... they are trying to give it a sex change.


Every time I see one of these, I want to
take it away from its owner and flog him with it.

It's no coincidence these things are commonly called 'Mare's Leg' rifles. Any kind of accurate shooting with these abortions is pure fantasy. Up here they sell them to the yuppie 'back packers' that know nothing about guns but what they see on TV. Them - and the asians. The clippers nine irons just love the guns they see in their favourite anime cartoons. GAH!

Leaving the rainbow warriors and vibrants behind... the lever gun CAN be leveraged well into a role as a variant on Jeff Cooper's famous scout rifle concept. That sweet little guide gun from Marlin gets you halfway there right out of the box! I had one years ago in 45-70 and that SOB was one versatile gun. With jacketed Remington 405 grain round nose bulk bullets and patty-cake target loads with RL7... that thing would almost go sub-MOA. It would put those things into groups of 1.1 and 1.2" all day long. With other bullet weights and brands it seldom ran much over 2 MOA off the bench. All that went out the window when you stoked it though and top tier hot loads would kill on both ends of the gun. I ran mine with a Leupold 1-5X variable. I loaned it to Flapz and never got it back. I wonder why, HAR HAR HAR!!! Y'know... if I'd been smart enough to use fillers on those patty-cake target loads... I bet I could have gotten them under an inch at 100. I'll never know... because I'd probably have to kill Flapz to get it back!  That... and find Rem bulk bullets. I bought about 500 of them and then never saw them again after that.

I'd love one today in a more recreational calibre like the 45 Colt. Something maybe a little like this:


Those cartridge carriers look great for the glam pics,
but don't use them. Carry your ammo
in a tasteful and stoutly built leather ammo pouch.
You will lose less rounds that way.


Your son's Red Ryder is bigger than that! This'd make the perfect bush gun where shots at game are really short - and it would be a total laff-riot out at the range on the bigger 200m gongs. If you run reloads with cast lead pills and take care of your brass, the beast would make an economical plinker too...If there is a better gun for the bush country stubfart... I have no idea what it possibly could be.


14 comments:

  1. I 100% agree that most of these "mares leg" are useless, having owned a .357 and a 44...... However, about a year ago, I bought a henry in .22 and it is one of the most accurate and useful firearms I own.... The difference is because it is rimfire, and you can actually set your cheek right against it and get a good sight picture.... The .357 or 44 would have nearly broken your cheek bone ( or felt like it) if you tried that...

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    1. Yep, the cheek weld is everything. Up in Canada the wise guys are putting the regular stocks back on them and they make for the shortest, handiest rifles you could ask for.

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  2. My brother has an older Rossi Puma Trapper (16") barrel in .357 Magnum. He got it very cheap because a case rim had torn off in the chamber and I guess the former owner did not want to advertise that fact. Priced to sell quickly before potential owner noticed it.

    Brother pushed a .45 ACP copper bore brush in chamber and just pulled out the stuck case - it worked ! Ruined the brush, but only cost $1.75. A gunsmith would have likely charged at least $40. Sweet little gun it is, I am jealous of it.

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    1. I've heard mixed reports about the Rossi and don't know what to think about it. Some guys complain about sloppy manufacturing and fit and finish... and other guys swear by theirs. Fact is a lot of the manufacturers are cutting corners these days.

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  3. Why do you murder the King's English? I'm guessing it's a part of the Canadian vernacular. A bit like the infamous Canadian "Eh?", which, as I understand it, is a substitute for the civilized and gentlemanly response of "I beg your pardon, but I didn't quite hear you correctly."

    Howsomever, you said, and I quote, You will lose less rounds that way. The word you're fumbling for is 'fewer', which refers to a numerical quantity. 'Less' refers to an amount or degree, as in 'less intelligent'.

    The mare's leg originally gained popularity through an ancient television series, Wanted: Dead or Alive. It featured Steve McQueen as the protagonist, a ex-Confederate soldier turned bounty hunter and unflawed hero. McQueen was a fairly accomplished equestrian and had an unusual method of mounting his horse; he'd take a short step and spring into the saddle. Anyone who has tried this can tell you that it's largely hollywood reality. For one thing, your stirrup won't stay in place.

    Getting back to the mare's leg, Our Hero claimed the shortened rifle was in .45-70, which we all know is ridiculous as it would only hold three cartridges in the magazine and would kick like a Missouri mule. I doubt I could actually hold onto a .45-70 mares leg, let alone hit anything with it - except the water from the middle of a large lake.

    My brother Mike has a Marlin .45-70 lever action, and it's a great rifle. The recoil and the racket will wake you right up, but you'll drop whatever you hit in North America. I think Mike bought it due to Bigfoot reports in Appalachia, but perhaps not.

    As you know, I have a .45-70 revolver, and am always looking for light loads for it. The recoil isn't as bad as you might think, and I can hit the paper with it. The real purpose is that I can defend myself against large game with a firearm carried in a shoulder rig. Nice!

    We're thinking about mounting an expedition to search for the elusive Jersey Devil. The first step, of course, is to obtain financing from our somewhat demented Federal Government. Any interest in joining us?

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    1. I guess I have fewer brain cells than you eh? Are you a wizard, WL? ;)

      With target loads my guide gun was an absolute sweetheart to shoot recreationally. With full house hot loads... that thing was for work only! It was a nasty little gun in that role.

      Wish I had it back again...

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  4. Lever action rifles are the best things since sliced bread. For a general purpose scout rifle, there are few I'd accept as a substitute

    I have a Marlin 336A in 30-30. Made short work of a black bear with it a couple of months ago. I was able to nail him with a head shot at about 50m using iron sights. It's lightweight, compact, reliable, and accurate.

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    1. A 30-30 shooter! Excellent.

      Q: I know of a fairly reliable source who claims to have nailed a wild boar right between the deadlights with his 30-30, and the critter kept right on coming and treed the hunter.

      Truth, fiction, or maybe?

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    2. I'd believe it. Those little buggers are tanks with snouts and tusks. If you're gonna go after them, you'd better bring some artillery, or better yet: trap them.

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  5. A rail on a lever gun? What would KdT say about that!
    https://www.kimdutoit.com/2019/11/12/plastic-lever-rifles/

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  6. That mare's leg is pure Hollywood horse manure and just as much an abortion as the morons that put AR pistol grips with drywall screws on a Mosin.

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    1. WOW, I didn't know retardation could go that far! Nothing should surprise me anymore. Fucked up and sold a70's Sears/Win. 94 for survival money a couple years back. I only have two levers left (sucks to be poor), a 1957 Marlin 39 Moutie and a 1975 Savage 99F in 308. I'll die with 'em.

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  7. "Every time I see one of these, I want to take it away from its owner and flog him with it." As has been said: "From my cold dead hands." I've wanted a Mare's Leg since the first time I saw Josh Randall wield one in "Wanted: Dead or Alive". One now graces my gun safe in a place of honor among my other lever guns.

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  8. Your son's Red Ryder is bigger than that!

    But you'll shoot your eye out with that ...

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