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    1886 Turnbull 475?

    Just curious if anyone has any experience with these. They aren't cheap, but a relative of mine had one hog hunting over easter and it was highly effective on the biggest pest/source of agriculture damage in Texas and I was curious about looking into one.

    There is an old 1886 45-70 I have my eye on but it is in fairly rough shape, and the guy selling it wants about what a 475 would run me.

    Anyway, was just curious if anyone had any experience with one of these as I never got the chance to shoot his, but I saw the quite effective results first hand.

    https://www.turnbullrestoration.com/...ll-model-1886/

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    I believe the Turnbull 1886 rifles start somewhere north of $5500, so that would make a rough 1886 pretty high plus the restoration.
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    They have lowered thee price according to my cousing. His was $4500 and he got it brand new from them in February. Took 4 months to make it.

    The winchester is 4k. Geez 1886s are pricey.

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    Buy the Turnbull and don’t look back.
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    Henry makes a very nice 45/70 lever gun & it's got a lot more reasonable price on it w/a very slick action if all u want is a gun that will take care of the hogs.
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    Thanks Jim, yeah I have seen the henrys. I have thought about getting a turnbull off and on, but his custom gund usually don't grab me. This 475 has however....

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    The Turnbull Marlin .45-70's look real nice too.

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    $4500 for a rough 1886 would still be high.

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    I've got a few custom Browning and Winchester '86s. 45/70, three in 45/90, 50 Alaskan and 50/110. Only unmolested '86 I own is a Browning carbine. Dang near bought another one yesterday If a Browning carbine is something you'd consider send me a PM and I'll let you know where a clean one is. Of all my '86s is is likely the most user friendly at the get go and needs no mods. . No .475 although I do have 40 rounds of Turnbull's brass for one.

    My take on it after decades of owning '86's is stick to the 45/70. Full length, full mag '86 is a big heavy gun in any caliber including the .50s. . Carbines ar about right fro size and weight. The LWT short mag tube '86s even with a shot gun butt is a man killer with heavy loads. Nothing in North America that a hot 45/70 or 45/90 won't hammer down and shoot all the way through with one well placed shot and the right bullet.

    Harold Johnson developed the 50 Alaskan from 348 brass to use in a '86 or '71 and big bear. In a later interview Mr. Johnson said he'd never have bothered if 45-90 brass had been easily available in the '50s. 50-100 is even more. But bullets are limited in the .50 or 475 for that matter. Lots of premium lever gun bullets available for .45.

    My suggestion before jumping on a Turnbull .475 is shoot a few '86's (different models, long or short barrels, lwt pencil barrels, a thin carbine or heavy octagon barrels) and figure out what you really want. Likely better than having half dozen '86's sitting in the safe

    A few of what I have or have had built. And no tang safety on any of them! Good luck in your search!








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    As far as I know, the pricing on Turnbull "built to order" 1886's includes the base gun, a new production Winchester. The rebounding hammer is removed for a traditional half cock action and the tang safety is removed and welded up.

    My only issue with it are the bullets available for the .475. You have a plethora of cast bullets but even the hardest, best heat treated cast bullets show their limitations when velocity creeps above 1300fps. At 2000fps, anything can happen. If I was going bigger than the .45-70, I would get a .50AK or .50-110.

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