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Can you fire modernday factory loads such as 32 20 and 44 40 made by Remington Winchester in an antique Marlin Mod 1889?


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2008-01-20 22:53:20
2008-01-20 22:53:20

No you cannot, the steel and manufacturing techniques in the late 1890's cannot handle the pressures of modern 'smokeless' rounds of today. The marlin 1889 and other firearms of that period fire blackpowder cartridges. And a number of ammo companies today sell blackpowder rounds for the Marlin 1889 and other firearms. You can go to and other internet ammo sites to get it. However...before you fire any antique, get it checked over by a good gunsmith to make sure it is mechanically and otherwise safe to shoot.

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