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      Finally got the old gun shooting pretty well today.

      I am using an Accurate mold that throws a bullet of about 267 grs using COWW and a bit of Lino.

      May just use the WW next time.

      I am still debating about what front sight I want to use.

      I have a Patridge post and a receiver peep.

      I ordered a Lyman #17A front sight so I can get a better sight picture at 100 yds.
      I have a hard time getting a consistent sight picture with the post.

      Anyway my two good loads are 19 grs or XMP 5744 and 30 grs of Rel 7.

      Both loads shoot as well as I can see to hold without the use of a scope.

      I love the classic lines of this rifle and really don’t want to use a scope..

      I believe the Lyman 17 will really make a difference.

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      I believe the Lyman 17 will really make a difference.

      I often use the Lyman 17A on Marlin lever guns. In fact, I have one on a 45/70 and one on a 357 Magnum. I do use the wider of the two post front sights that come with it. The aperture inserts that come with the 17A work well with bullseye targets, but I’ve never liked them for anything else.

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      For my Cowboy I use a .382 bullet sized down so the cartridge will enter the chamber, 30 grains of 3031,
      Not a hot load but a stout one.
      Sure is accurate, And I use a Gold Dot front sight

      http://ads.midwayusa.com/product/361…FQEtaQodT08OJw

      .41 is the one on my rifle.

      On clearance for $8.11 and there are 3 remaining at this time

      Mike

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      My Marlin Cowboy was made around 2000 or 2001.
      I bought it used at Cabelas in Sidney Nebraska.
      It has a .378 bore diameter.

      I use the Starline short brass and size bullets to .379
      I am using a .377 expander plug.
      So far I have gotten no leading with any of the loads I have tried.

      I am using the Carnauba Red lube because that is what I have.

      I will try the BAC soon.

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      The best load I have worked with so far is 19 gr of XMP 5744 .I am using CCI BR primers and the accurate mold 265 gr GC bullet.
      I put a Lyman #17 front sight on the rifle.
      Using Bullseye targets at 100 yds I got 2.75″ five shot group.
      I will try Rem LR primers next.

      I am not sure I can improve on that group unless I put a scope on the rifle.
      I am using Carnauba Red lube , I still need to order some BAC.
      Perhaps that would help, but I am getting no trace of leading with over 100 rds tested.

      I also get good accuracy with Rel 7, but the loads are steamy,and I don’t see the point in using them unless I am hunting.

      I figure the load of MP5744 is doing about 1300-1400 fps.

      Seems like I got somewhat better accuracy with the old original Winchester 94 rifles back twenty five years ago.
      Of Course my eyes were five and twenty years younger,and I had a Hoch mold that I no long have.
      Must have traded it to my shooting buddy before he died, cause I have looked everywhere for it and it isn’t here.

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