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Lever gunners; Ammo carry?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by VeT|Us, Jul 10, 2006.

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  1. VeT|Us

    VeT|Us Member

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    Calling out to all levergunners:

    In a situation where you need your rifle (make up your own scenario),
    how do you carry your ammo?
    I don't see any easy way to carry single cartridges, not in any sufficient amount anyway. I've thought about an M16-magpouch, that should hold some rounds of leverfood, but if that pouch is open, and you hit the ground.. no more ammo for you.

    Any smart and effective way to carry ammo, allowing for fast reloads?
     
  2. Andrew S

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    Why not just a simple bandoleer? Fill each pouch with the amount of rounds your rifle will hold and you will know exactly how many reloads you have. Most of them have buttons that snap closed.
     
  3. ArmedBear

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    The old fashioned ways:

    Bandolier or belt. Or both.

    [​IMG]
     
  4. Vern Humphrey

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    Why do you need a fast reload with a lever gun? You know the old saying, "One shot meat, two shots maybe, three shots nothin'." With seven rounds in my .30-30, any deer who hangs around after the last one is ejected is probably too brain-damaged to eat.

    I often go out without a reload when I take a .30-30 -- seven is enough. Sometimes I may slip a couple of spare rounds in a pocket, though.
     
  5. _N4Z_

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    I have one of those sock thingy's that slips over the stock for my Marlin336 30/30. It holds 9 rounds I think. Not used it much though.

    Also have the same thing for my HD shotgun and it stays on all the time. It holds 5.
     
  6. ArmedBear

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    Get a Browning BLR and just carry extra magazines.:p
     
  7. Fosbery

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    Take:

    One leather belt
    One length of foam plumbing insulation

    Cut the foam insulation into a suitable length and cover the front of your belt in the stuff. Now, simply put the cartridges into the foam bullet-first. They hold in nice and secure and are presented to you nicely, really easy for quick reloads.

    [​IMG]

    :D
     
  8. Rexrider

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    I have a 1894 in .357 mag.

    9+1 loaded, 10 on the buttstock, 24 on the belt gives me a total of 44 rds of .357 mag.

    If that ain't enough then I grabbed the wrong rifle. :scrutiny:
     

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  9. VeT|Us

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    Any place particular you bought those ammo carriers?
     
  10. Rexrider

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    The folding carriers I bought from a catalog 15 + years ago. The brand is Kolpin. The buttstock carrier I bought at a gunshow last year. No brand name, just generic. It was originally a rilfe ammo carrier but I cut the loops down to make it easier to pull out the .357 rounds.
     
  11. pcf

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    I'm partial to an elastic butt cuff:
    -holds 9 rounds
    -easy to reload from
    -convenient
    -unlike leather it doesn't turn brass green and nasty
    -protects the buttstock
     
  12. mustanger98

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    My take on this... 40rd cartridge belt. That way I have 9 +1 in the .357mag levergun, 6rds in my S&W if I'm carrying it, and 40rds on the belt. And a Bowie knife. But that's a trailrider's load-out according to me. If I'm deer hunting close to home with a .357 levergun that holds 10rds, I'm liable to just carry the rifle (and a Buck 110 for the knife) and don't worry about extras.

    My .30-30's another story since it only holds 7 +1. I like to have a few extras on my belt. I like a slide with 5-10 loops. I like 'em kept quiet, but readily accessible.
     
  13. MechAg94

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    Anyone seen a bandolier with cartridge loops for 45/70 or 44 mag? I guess a shotgun bandolier might substitute. I'll have to look. Maybe I'll take a couple loose rounds with me next time I go to a show (or spent cartridges).

    I like the belt pouch for .357. I'll have to look for those.
     
  14. Vairochana

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    .303 stripper clips in the pocket, not as fast as a belt but a lot quieter than a pocket full of loose rounds
     
  15. nipprdog

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    What lever gun do you have that shoots .303?
     
  16. bigger jon

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    Thanks for reminding me of my great uncle,

    I had a great uncle we lost in the 70`s he was a avid hunter,he would allways carry 1 round of 30/30 in his pocket. in those days you could leave a rifle leaning on a wall behind a door,and none of us kids would touch it, he allways had a gun like that some where in the house,and he allways had a round in his pocket. The day we lost my uncle they found a 30/30 in his pocket.
     
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    bigger jon, you just reminded me of one of my neighbors... this guy's in his 50's- US Air Force vet from California- and he keeps a shotgun handy and keeps a few rounds of low brass 12guage in his pocket.
     
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    1. Federal 30-30 ammo for instance comes in a red ammo carrier that will fit onto a belt. Save to re-use.

    2. leather ammo butt cuffs , check Galco and other Cowboy Shooting Sports supply houses.

    3. Leather Ammo carriers, Heck I had one from LLBean back when the earth was flat. Couple of years ago I bought one from Lennyjoe here on THR he had for sale...this one has a belt loop and zippers shut.

    4. Cowboy action shooters again, Leather ammo carriers that not only fit onto belt - also have a paddle [think paddle holster]. In a hurry, just slip paddle between pants and body.

    I like this for shotshells too, like 5 rds of slugs while bird hunting...be if for 'varmits' to and fro the field, to bird season at same time deer season is on.

    One of our Cowboy Shooters will have links to the leather accessories and these are well made, proven, and timeless.

    Steve
     
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    nipperdog,

    Lots of rounds have the same (or close enough) head size to work on stripper clips for other ammo.

    IIRC you can do a similar trick for 38/357 on a .223 clip. But I may be misremembering.
     
  20. Vairochana

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    Ultimate Jungle Carbine

    nipprdog;
    My levers are both 30-30- .303 is slightly larger but they still fit in the clips, just not as snug.

    However now you have me thinking evil modification thoughts-levergun rechambered/barrelled for 180gr .303 -the Ultimate Jungle Carbine
    urh urh urh!:uhoh:
     
  21. Kurt

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    I have been using these to carry non-magazine held 30-caliber rounds for many years. They are the best I've found for the purpose.

    They are very well made, treat your ammo well and lay extremely flat on a belt.

    http://www.eagleindustries.com/mainprod.asp?scv=0
     
  22. Kurt

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    I have been using these to carry non-magazine 30-caliber rounds for many years. They are the best I've found for the purpose.

    They are very well made, treat your ammo well and lay extremely flat on a belt.

    Go here under "pouches" and select "belt-ammo" and look at "FOLDABLE AMMO POUCH .308 CAL"

    http://www.eagleindustries.com/mainprod.asp?scv=0
     
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    I believe that Cabela's carry a canvas belt made to fit the 45/70 don't have my catalog with me so I can't tell you how many it holds.
     
  24. Z_Infidel

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    I use a butt cuff on my .30-30. If it was just a hunting rifle I probably wouldn't need it, but I use it as a general purpose rifle and I shoot it a lot so the butt cuff is very convenient.
     
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    check your local laws before taking the advice of sm and carrying 5rds of slugs during bird season. in michigan slug, buckshot or cut-shells during bird season will get you nothing but fines and possibly jail time.
     
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