- Mar 12, 2009
Ruger makes the American in 450 Bushmaster...
None of the calibers you listed work well in bolt action rifles without a lot of fiddling unless they are designed specifically for rimmed cartridges. And even then, most bolt action designed for rims were not designed for straight walled cartridges.1. Look into a decent bolt action platorm (Winchester, CZ, Remington, etc.). Get a nice used one since you’ll be re-barreling it.
2. Pick the caliber you want. 45/70, 460 S&W, 500 S&W, 454 Casul, the list goes on and on...and on.
3. Have a good local gunsmith install the barrel. You might need a different bolt depending on the caliber you choose.
Roger that...1st, pack everything and move to Louisiana
2nd, everything is better as far as hunting, fishing, Castle Doctrine, Kill-A-carjacker, 300 day a year growing season, G.R.I.T.S, open carry, concealed carry. Zero laws governing length of knives, unsalted roads. No gun registration, sell between private individuals with no paperwork.
I'll mention these just for fun since they're a bit hard to come by, but still....FUN....Ruger's 96/44 lever action .44 mag and their 77/44 bolt action .44 mag. Both are about the size of a 10/22 carbine, accept a four-round rotary magazine, and are a hoot to shoot!
I have a 77/357 that is a hoot to shoot. One of these days I'm going to thread the barrel to shoot suppressed.
Oh man, that would be sweet! I'd like to add the .44 semi-auto to the arsenal too. I just cannot get the stars to align on that one. I know where two are, and those guys are not letting go of them.
I heard but have not confirmed that Henry is releasing a lever model that will accept cartridges traditionally via feed ramp, but also via tube. If that comes to fruition I think I will have to have one.
Edit: Looks like Henry is building it...
And doesn’t Hornady have their LeverEvolution line in .357 and .44?
Thompson Center does a 30/30 single shot that is small and compact, with your desired scope application, hunted with a fellow in WVA that loved his and I enjoyed shooting it.
More deer have been killed with the 30/30 than any other round, I would say!!