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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