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Dr. Fresh
March 27, 2009, 04:15 AM
This may be silly, but how do y'all use your levers? Do you put your fingers inside the loop and push forward, or rest them on the outside of the loop and pull?

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CajunBass
March 27, 2009, 05:05 AM
It never occured to me that there was any other way than fingers inside the loop. I started shooting a Mattel lever action that way about fifty years ago, and haven't ever tried anything else.

jmr40
March 27, 2009, 06:31 AM
Inside

steak-knife
March 27, 2009, 06:40 AM
I've seen women and children who don't have the arm/wrist strenght to smoothly work the action, use the "outside" way. Apparently, the outside way is also easier on the knuckles.

woof
March 27, 2009, 09:03 AM
They make lever wraps to make the inside way easier. Also oversize loops for gloves. The only time I use the outside method is if I'm shooting from a bench and taking time to spot shots before cranking in the next round.

vicdotcom
March 27, 2009, 11:28 AM
Apparently, the outside way is also easier on the knuckles. I always wrap my loops with paracord so it doesnt dig into the knuckles.

HarleyFixer
March 27, 2009, 11:54 AM
I have a big loop and just spin it.:neener:

rcmodel
March 27, 2009, 12:36 PM
Always inside the lever, and always from the shoulder.

We see people all the time that haven't figured out that's the way to run one, and they lower the rifle to mid-level out in front of them to work the action every shot.

rc

Gunfighter123
March 27, 2009, 01:03 PM
The inside --- there is a past Cowboy Action Womans Champ called Island Girl who won many titles by holding the lever on the outside and useing her thumb to work the trigger --- worked for her !!!
Go to here and click on rifle World Records;
http://www.spencerhoglund.com/worldrecords.html

Dr. Fresh
March 27, 2009, 07:42 PM
I put my fingers inside as well.

I was curious because my Winny 1866 copy has a really stiff action and for a while I found it easier on my knuckles to use the outside method.

Leadhead
March 27, 2009, 09:26 PM
Fingers inside except the pinky I find it more comfortable outside and behind the lever.....

Brian Dale
March 28, 2009, 09:23 PM
Fingers inside, resting against the outer part of the loop rather than against the stock. That way, I don't smack my knuckles as hard when I cycle the action.

I hunt with an empty chamber. When I'm ready to shoot, I run the lever as I'm raising the rifle to my shoulder.

If I'm practicing, then I cycle the action after each shot with the rifle still at my shoulder, as rcmodel posted above.

Once I've taken a shot at a live animal in the field, I wait, rifle shouldered and watching, before I run the lever again. I leave the hammer down on the fired case and watch to see whether I'll need to move before firing again. An adrenaline rush / buck fever / tunnel vision makes it possible to go running across a field with a cocked hammer over a live cartridge. No, I haven't done that. Don't want to.

If I need to shoot again, it's quick and easy to run the lever without dropping the rifle from the shoulder.

76shuvlinoff
March 28, 2009, 09:30 PM
Marlin 39A and 1894c, Ted Williams 30-30, operate them all from inside the lever and at the shoulder.

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