View Full Version : A Couple of Big Furry Critter Killers....

Grumpy Old Man
07-28-2014, 10:34 PM
Didn't quite know where to post this thread, figured this was the best spot.

Last couple 'a years I've had a back burner project going - its getting near completion so figured pics wouldn't hurt.

I do things in "batteries" of longarm and affiliated sidearm pretty often and this one is the battery for use against big furry critters in North America at modest range. Guess you could call 'em my "big furry critter killers".

The rifle is a Baikal MR221, .45-70 double rifle and the wheelgun is a 5-1/2" tubed Blackhawk in .45 Colt. Grips are Hogue walnut (had to open up one of the holes on the underside a little to make 'em fit on the gun - they're snug but not too tight now). Extra cylinder is .45 ACP, idea is to use it for cheapie practice ammo (and allow it to draw supply from the same stock as my 1911 in time of need).

Baikal is only rated for 32,000 PSI, so I'm staying away from the Buffalo Bore loads, but I reckon it will do just fine with more pedestrian loads. Mostly I'm sticking with the Remington 300 gr load at 1850fps and steering far away from "cowboy" loads. Have fired a box of the SAAMI rated Hornady Leverevolution factory loaded 325gr FTX and was impressed with the "oomph" (325gr slug at 2050 for 3,000 ft lbs of energy!).

Blackhawk is fine with plus P loads and I just got in a few boxes of Buffalo Bore .45 Colts (325 gr hard cast slug at a "modest" 1325 fps and 1267 ft lbs of energy) to add a little rip snort to it over my more usual loads. Haven't had a chance to sight it in with the heavy hitters yet, if anyone's interested I'll post on that when I get around to it. Need to pick up some good gloves for that beast with the hot stuff, while I'm at it.

Holster is a Triple K, need to add a cartridge belt to the outfit as well as a new bowie knife, maybe something with stag handles. Still looking.

With all the writin' about "SHTF" guns (hell, I've done plenty of tappin' at the keyboard on that myself) just figured I'd toss in some old school firepower. Not what you'd want to take Porkchop Hill with, or even what you'd want in L.A. Riots 2.0, but just the ticket if you're out in the backwoods going after something big, furry, and hungry. Or maybe if you're out in the backwoods and something big, furry, and hungry is going after you....

PS Baikals are finito, hit by the ban on "Concern Kalashnikov". I like mine enough to have slapped money down on a second one to have as a spare. Figure I'll get 'er paid off in about 3-4 weeks, Lord above willing. If anyone reading this wants to build a similar but even better battery, consider a Marlin 1895 in 45-70. Its regarded as a stronger action and can indeed take the fearsome 3600 ft lb Buffalo Bore loads - if your shoulder can.

07-29-2014, 08:44 AM
That is a sweet pair of weapons.

I can't tell you how much I want a Marlin 1895 in 45-70. I love Marlins, I love lever guns and I think it would go well with my Blackhawk in 44Mag.

07-29-2014, 08:58 AM
Good medicine for the big furries Grumpy!

Grumpy Old Man
07-29-2014, 11:38 AM
That is a sweet pair of weapons.

I can't tell you how much I want a Marlin 1895 in 45-70. I love Marlins, I love lever guns and I think it would go well with my Blackhawk in 44Mag.

The 1895 is on my "to buy" list too, after I get the spare Baikal paid off. Wouldn't have pulled the trigger on that one, except the fearless leader decided to jack with our imported sporting rifles. Never figured on the ban hitting a whole scat-load of air guns, olympic grade guns, and of course the Baikal side by sides.

Of the Marlins, the one I want is the "guide gun" configuration.

PS The wheelgun is supposed to be my stepping stone to something more authoritative, if I can ever afford it. I'd like to get a custom conversion done on a 4-5/8" tubed Blackhawk for a .475 Linebaugh.

07-29-2014, 12:33 PM
'Preciate the gun porn at work lol

Fine set of arms, enjoy them.