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Post by EasyEd » Sun May 26, 2019 1:53 am

Hey All,

On a mare's leg. I'm dual US/Canadian citizen I live in Canada on Vancouver Island. In Canada you need to be licensed to possess and acquire firearms. For long guns basically hunting rifles I think the Canadian system is fine, for handguns I think it is way overly restrictive to the extent that I think it discourages handgun ownership. For example you are allowed to transport a pistol unloaded and in a locked box to a gunsmith or shooting range by the shortest route no dallying along the way. If you wish to take your pistol to say Cabela's to trade in you need RCMP permission and remember to get permission to transport both ways or leave it at the store if you don't trade in - I guess. So while I often think of getting licensed for handguns I usually end up going why bother.

Now in Canada a mare's leg is a non-restricted (not a pistol) gun. Apparently in the US it is a pistol. Anyway maybe it is close enough to a pistol to just add it to a rifle or maybe SBR it or both - could it be an SBR one week and a holstered mare's leg the next? That is basically my dilemma I like the idea of pistol and rifle same calibre but the pistol is so restricted - is substituting a mare's leg for a pistol satisfactory? Add to it the fact that they are 15% off right now. Then sort out the calibre 357 or 44 or 45 - hmmm. 357 cheaper ammo 44 most power 45 sort of kind of somewhere in between. I might try deer hunting with it but my 7mm-08 or 30-06 might not like it. :lol:

I know I'm rambling but you see where I'm at. Any words of wisdom out there? Any experience with this? What would you do? Any thots from other Canadians?

-Ed-
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Re: Thinkin

Post by RanchRoper » Sun May 26, 2019 8:01 am

I have never shot a mare's leg but they look interesting. If I had one I would put a rifle stock on it and leave it that way. That would be a neat little rifle to pack horseback, very compact.

My revolver is awesome to shoot. Love it.

Caliber? Either way you go, there is nothing like great big holes from a 45 Colt... :D
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Re: Thinkin

Post by Vaquero » Sun May 26, 2019 8:38 am

I've always thought they are kinda neat, but no real practical use.
They only hold what 6 rounds, I'd just as soon have a loooong barreled revolver.
Much quicker shootin if necessary, even with a single action revolver.

RR, in the good ole USA, you can't legally just put a rifle stock on one unless you get a Tax Stamp, $200 for a SBR from our beloved ATF.

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Re: Thinkin

Post by dddrees » Sun May 26, 2019 8:44 am

RanchRoper wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 8:01 am
I have never shot a mare's leg but they look interesting. If I had one I would put a rifle stock on it and leave it that way. That would be a neat little rifle to pack horseback, very compact.

My revolver is awesome to shoot. Love it.

Caliber? Either way you go, there is nothing like great big holes from a 45 Colt... :D

Do like that revolver.

Very nice!!
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Re: Thinkin

Post by EasyEd » Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:57 pm

Hey All,

I did say in another thread I was going to go look at a 45 colt mare's leg at my local Cabela's. I did and I came away conflicted to say the least. It was in a word STOUT - a heavy for size piece of armament. I tried holding and aiming and have to say wobbly enough I need to get to a gym. That said pretty sure I could get used to it an shoot it decently like many on YouTube do. But do I want to invest the time? To be honest I like the concept and would - if in 45 colt or maybe 44 mag - likely SBR it but right now I am thinking maybe when I buy one get a 357 magnum takedown as basically a truck - in my case jeep gun and practice with cheaper ammo - if I like it get larger and SBR it.

Backing up one step further I have to admit I have always bought guns (not counting a 22 of course) thinking of hunting in the wide open spaces of the west. That to me always ruled out pistol calibres. I always thought elk power at 200 yards minimum. So yes I have two 30-06s and a 7mm-08. Why would you want less? So I am trying to get over my mental block that is actually stronger than I thought against pistol calibres in rifles. I have been reading and thinking about pistol calibre carbines and maybe that is where I should start - buy one and see how I do or don't like it.

All that said I am also a fan of the old west and BLRs and Win model 70s aren't the old west. I am also old enough to maybe consider admitting really rigorous hunting isn't something I can do as easily as before now that I'm 64. Maybe I should try metal plates or something instead of just sighting in when I need to. Thinking maybe a classic 1892 in a pistol calibre is the way to go till I know if I like it.

Recommendations?

Hmmm...

-Ed-
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Re: Thinkin

Post by RanchRoper » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:43 pm

Here's some options I would consider if looking for a pistol caliber rifle that says "old west" and is compact. I have shouldered the Henry Carbine and it was real nice. Others would be too I think. That little Yellowboy is a beauty.

Henry Carbine
Uberti 1866 Trapper
Uberti 1873 Trapper

All available in pistol calibers.
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Re: Thinkin

Post by Mistered » Fri Jun 14, 2019 11:00 pm

I've always thought they are kinda neat, but no real practical use.
Ditto this.
They look ungainly and difficult to shoot.
A 16" carbine length rifle is very handy and comes up to the shoulder quickly and will be much more accurate.
I am a traditional and conventional shooter so a 'Mares leg' to me is little more than a TV show fantasy that hangs on a bit yet today.
in the good ole USA, you can't legally just put a rifle stock on one unless you get a Tax Stamp, $200 for a SBR from our beloved ATF.
I'll gladly trade the need for a tax stamp on a SBR for the ability to carry a handgun nearly anywhere I go - in Oregon anyway.
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