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Old December 2nd, 2016, 11:59 AM   #16
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So my gun club has a 100 yard, offhand, center fire, lever gun league, I would like to participate in, and lose.

Why would you want to lose?
Want to participate in, and most likely, will lose.......

Thanks for all the input everyone!!!!
Oaks, PA Gun Show is coming up in 2 weeks....

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 12:05 PM   #17
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Anything made by the original marlin, love the octagon barrel rifles with 24" barrels.

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Old December 2nd, 2016, 12:32 PM   #18
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Best at 100yd? Traditional lever gun?

Get a full or half octagon barrel, 24". Long is good.

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Old December 4th, 2016, 09:58 PM   #19
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Used to shoot some SASS. Now and then there were rifle specific matches of various sorts. SASS would have it's own rules dealing with period correct (in their sometimes convoluted way) when it came to cartridges used, rifles, sights, etc.

So before you jump off on a purchase, it might be worth checking out if they have any specific "rules" that might impact your choices. Speed over precision? As in, just hit the steel quickly or scoring based on bulls eye ring counts, etc. Open sights only or would ghost rings be allowed? A Marlin type receiver could have a ghost ring mounted near the hammer, a typical Winchester would have the rear sight forward of the action on the barrel. One could find tang sights as well. Paper or knockdown targets? A 25-20 would be sweet and fast but might not have the oomph to topple a target. OTOH, a 45-70 would knock down a lot of targets but is a thumper at the shoulder, too. Neither would be the most economical choice.

With the "Winchesters," a 94 in pistol or rifle length cartridges is somewhat rougher than a 92 from an action standpoint.

Long is good. Kind of heavy, but maxes the sight radius, too.

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Old December 4th, 2016, 11:29 PM   #20
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all good advice, but if it's a 100 yard fun club shoot you don't have to get wrap up in a high performance rifle. Go with what YOU like and can afford to shoot and the most important item is to have FUN SHOOTING

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Old December 4th, 2016, 11:35 PM   #21
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The Browning BLR-81 in 325 WSM is beautiful rifle and is both accurate and reliable. The biggest shortcoming is the steep shoulder on the 325 WSM case; invariably the next round to be loaded will require a hitch in the lever cocking action to get the shoulder of the cartridge up and into the chamber.

The 325 WSM shoots very flat @2900 fps, but the BLR's light weight (6.5 lbs) transfers the mule kick to your shoulder. It's a about the same as 2 3/4" high brass 12 gauge #4 buckshot; so shooting groups isn't the most enjoyable shooting experience.

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Just saw a Marlin in .219 Zipper on GB.

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