Loading cartridges in 1881 40-60 lever gun

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BuckMarlin
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Loading cartridges in 1881 40-60 lever gun

Post by BuckMarlin » Thu Mar 15, 2018 3:39 pm

I’m having trouble loading cartridges into the tube of my 1881 40-60. They jam halfway in. It’s as if the cartridge is too long to go around the curve and get into the tube. Anyone have a solution?

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Re: Loading cartridges in 1881 40-60 lever gun

Post by marlinman93 » Fri Mar 16, 2018 10:16 am

Probably worn carrier or lever contact. Some people find when their 1881 gets a bit worn that they can open the lever fully and cartridges will load in the open lever position. It's a cheap fix, but very few gunsmiths have the talent and knowledge to take care of the worn carrier/lever issues.
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Re: Loading cartridges in 1881 40-60 lever gun

Post by OldManLarsen » Thu Feb 07, 2019 12:06 am

You have to briskly push the cartridge forward with your thumb and it will go fully in. If you gently try to load cartridges they won't go in. It's a very tight fit but works!

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Re: Loading cartridges in 1881 40-60 lever gun

Post by OldManLarsen » Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:10 pm

I forgot to state that I hold the loading gate fully forward with my left hand that is also holding my rifle when I use my right hand to reload. I also was afraid to push the cartridge past the point where it appeared that it wouldn't go in. I position the cartridge partially in and then I push it foward with my thumb firmly and I was surprised the first time it went fully in. You can't baby this rifle but don't abuse it either!

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