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07-26-2010, 23:41
im wondering if it is safe to use my old .45 long colt ammos (250 grains lead)
winchester brand in my marlin 1894 cowboy?
please help.


07-28-2010, 12:36
It's normal factory ammo? If so, it's fine.....it's what the gun was made to shoot.

07-28-2010, 17:18
Well depends on how old. While it's certainly safe to use old or new blackpowder loads, the clean up is a mess. But stick to smokeless powder, and unless it's a reload some idiot decided to hotrod, you shouldn't have any issues. Although, you might want to stick to jacketed stuff for a bit to smooth out the barrel some.

07-29-2010, 20:27
I shot SASS with mine it's a .45LC and never had a problem.
Factory loads are mild for a Marlin, they are tough rifles,
USA made of good strong steel.
I never shot black powder in mine, but did shoot many
reloads that I did in 225gr. and 250gr. lead.
Excellent rifle. No worries.

Gunnut 45/454
07-29-2010, 21:15
Your Marlin will handle every thing except the extreme Ruger only loads just fine! If they are factory loads -not a problem!!! Might want to stare clear of the Buffalo Bore loads! I broke my Win '94 with some pretty extreme Ruger only loads! The '94 action does has it's limts I generally keep my loads under 30000 PSI range(1600-1700 fps)! That is more then enough for 90% of the hunting I do with it!:supergrin: