It cycles good. I haven’t shot it yet. I want to slug the barrel first. I have been hearing that they like .454” bullets, and all my 45c bullets are sized .452”. Depending on the size of the slug, I will cast some noe 454-280 wfn and size accordingly.
Last Edit: Jul 30, 2019 3:57:31 GMT -5 by wheelguns
I would say you are well equipped for any deer that crosses your path. I have taken them with both of the guns you have, although my Marlin is the 24" version. I don't recall hearing anything about needing .454 bullets in the Marlin CB, and apparently my rifle didn't hear that either. I do size some of my bullets to .454 but have never used them in the lever gun and mine shoots lights out with cast or jacketed .452 bullets. I think I would try the bullets you have before I changed anything.
Congrats on getting a very nice looking rifle and I am glad you will get the chance now to hunt deer with it.
Here is an update. The first time I took it to the range, I couldn’t do much with the buckhorn sight. It cycled and worked perfect, but I just couldn’t put together any good groups. So I ordered a skinner express peep sight. I took it to the range today with the peep sight installed and a variety of .45c loads, including some with the bullets sized to .452 and .454. It shot the .452 the same as the .454, and it shot my blackhawk hunting load just great. This simplifies things. The load is a noe 454-280 wfn over 8.5gns of unique. This load shoots 1 1/2” groups at 25yds from my scoped blackhawk, and one hole groups from the marlin. I am very happy things turned out this way. Now I just have to get it to the 100yd range.
Last Edit: Sept 8, 2019 17:40:08 GMT -5 by wheelguns