Ordered on Tuesday and picked it up from my FFL on the same Friday.
It doesn't get any better than that.
The walnut is beautiful, the finish is beautiful. This rifle is awesome!
You can split a hair with it.
Buy one today, you won't be disappointed.
Kevin - Orlando, FL - KEVIN C.
I agonized for some time whether to buy this rifle, or one of the Italian clones. This one being a couple hundred dollars more. I haven't shot it yet, but if it shoots as good as it looks, it's a winner. The wood to metal fit is almost perfect, and the blue/black finish on the metal is flawless. The action is silky smooth, and the trigger is crisp. All in all I think I made the right choice. I doubt I will back to say it shot terrible. I'm very pleased with this rifle, and the service I got from Able's. I will definitely use them again. - THOMAS
I'm going to order this rifle from Able's after shooting the exact same rifle owned by a friend. This gun is amazing. The fit and finish are absolutely flawless. The quality of the case hardening and walnut stock are absolutely fancy grade. With iron sights I can place a five shot group within two inches at 150 feet. This is standing offhand without a rest. With a sandbag rest, it grouped five Fiocchi cowboy loads into a two inch group at 100 yards. The action works like butter and you can cycle it at any angle, even upside down. The Winchester models 1892 and 1894 have stronger actions than the 1873, but they are not as smooth. I wouldn't shoot Buffalo Bore or Double Tap +P ammo in ANY 1873. Stick to standard factory loads....anything that leaves a handgun barrel at less than 1000 fps. I know that Uberti also makes their 1873 in 44 magnum, but I have no idea if it's a different design. It wasn't designed for such pressures. Bottom line, this is a somewhat expensive rifle but is the best of the 45 Colt reproductions. The WInchester 1892 made in Japan is nicely made but it has silly safeties. The Rossi and Cimarron (ARMI) are not bad guns but are not of the same quality. We no longer make an 1873, 1892, or 1894 in this country. You have to buy from Brazil, Italy, or Japan. Such is life. - JOE
I own this rifle with the 24 in barrel and it is a sweetheart of a rifle! I have put a couple of hundred rounds through this rifle and not one problem.My load consists of a 370gr hard cast Lbt dual crimp gas check bullet behind 20.3grs.of ww-296 with a cci-350 primer in new winchester brass.It shoots 2 inch groups at 100yrds.The ballard cut rifling helps quite a bit also.I plan on using this rifle for deer in the big conifer swamps of michigan,s upper pennisula were I live.I shoot this rifle more than all my others and I would recommend it to anyone.5 stars from me and keep up the good work marlin. - G. W.
I love CAS and have 2 of these rifles. Let me just say that there are a lot of other Lever action rifles on the range at every match, but none are more reliable than my Marlins. In 8 years of 300 rounds a month, I never needed a repair other than to remove a jammed round due to my own mistakes and then only twice. - F. H.