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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by captain awesome, Sep 24, 2018.

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  1. captain awesome

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    In response to a recent thread about someone wanting an unusual 357 magnum rifle, I bought both of these. Holy crud I did not expect such nice quality. They are gorgeous and very slick actions.
    Navy Arms lightning rifles 357 and 45 Colt, Octagon barrels 20". I should have got one longer than the other but I like the shorter ones. My only complaint is on the 45 Colt the brass bead on the front sight is corroded. But that is easily fixed. Here is a quick pic from this afternoon;
     
  2. Legionnaire

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    Nice! We’ll want a range report ...
     
  3. ColtPythonElite

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    They sure look nice
     
  4. greyling22

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    yeah, that looks about like what I bought for my uncle. gorgeous guns, fun too. he's kind of beating it up, which is painful to watch, but it's his gun.

    I really like the wood on the top one.
     
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    Darn, those two are beautiful !! I have a Uberti 1876 in 50-95 but it is kind of expensive to shoot. I would much rather have something like you have. Please follow up with a range report.
     
  6. kozak6

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    Wow! Those are some gorgeous rifles!
     
  7. SG1

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    I've been wanting one of those in .357! Very nice looking rifles! Hope to read a good range report.
     
  8. Skylerbone

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    @captain awesome you done messed up! And now; now you have to pay! Start saving for the longer versions now, you’ll never regret treating yourself right. :rofl:

    Beautiful brace there.
     
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    A friend of mine has a towner in 500 s&w I’ve encouraged him to play with it several times to no avail.
     
  10. troy fairweather

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    pumps are real fun and nice in the woods. your making me miss my Remington 14 1/2 in 44-40
     
  11. ThomasT

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    Those are nice. I had to look them up on the Navy Arms site. The 20" barrel version has a 1/18 twist while the 24" version has a 1/16" twist. Thats strange. And the guns have to have the bone charcoal colors done here. Using bone charcoal is against the law in Italy. I wonder why? I saw that piece of information on a youtube video on Pedersoli.
     
  12. Armored farmer

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    Very nice
    Keep us posted on your new rifles. They sure look good.
     
  13. captain awesome

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    Thanks I really am pleased with them. I hope to be able to try them out this weekend. Life is hectic so we will see.
     
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    captain awesome

    A beautiful pair of rifles! The wood grain on both rifles is outstanding! Looking forward to your range report!
     
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    You certainly earned your moniker with those purchases! I've always loved the Lightning Rifle; yours look great. :thumbup:
     
  16. dh1633pm

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    Those are sweet. Tell us more about your experiences with them?
     
  17. captain awesome

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    Hey figured I would report how their first range trip went. I really need to make it happen more but I took both of them out today. Things I love; the sights. I shoot with them very well.
    The accuraccy; they are more accurate than I am. It seemed I couldn't miss with either one, Even at 100 yards standing off hand. (Both loadings I used were really light cowboy type loads.)
    They felt really good against my shoulder and handled and pointed very well.
    The action has a nice short smooth stroke, and positively ejected the spent casings nicely. I made a game out of catching them in my hand.
    Things I dont like;
    They are picky about ammo. The 357 did not feed well and I think it had mostly to do with the bullet design and seating depth. More expirimenting needs to be done to see what will work. And golly it's tough getting my fat thumb inside that loading gate to shove those rounds in the mag tube! Maybe I need to try a different approach using a my pointer finger or something.
    The 45 colt I have no idea because the cast bullets I used were seated too long and the meplat was too large to even load them in the mag tube! So I had to feed it one by one from the top. So I need to try boolits from a different mold.

    But aside from that they were a lot of fun and I really enjoyed them. If I can get them to feed properly then I will recommend them.

    On a side note I also fired my birds head Ruger Vaquero 45 Colt for the first time, and boy do I like that pistola. I made Consistent hits on a 12 inch gong 100 yards off hand. There aren't a lot of handguns I can do that with without a rest and/or scope.
     
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  18. captain awesome

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    Yet another update, I played around in the reloading room today and loaded some 230 grain round nose fmj bullets for the 45 colt. They fed flawlessly.

    I need to cast some different ones for the 357 but hopefully I can figure that one out also.
     
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  19. If1HitU

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    Those two pump rifles looks nice.
     
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