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Old 10-08-2020, 06:58 AM   #1
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Puma stainless octagon barrel

Picked up a Puma 92 stainless in .357 magnum yesterday. I have a Puma .357 already (and .44 & .454), but my old .357 one is a 16" that I had threaded & added a red dot to probably 15 years ago. It's functionally great, but not traditional at all anymore. This is a nicer one, stainless steel with octagon barrel, and I don't plan to bubba this one up. I would have thought the 24" barrel would make it heavy or at least off-balanced, but it feels surprisingly good.

It was a consignment gun which typically means 'used', but it still had the factory paper tag on the lever loop.



Really like the Puma series guns. Only have five leverguns and four of them are puma's. Compared to other brands of lever-actions they tend to be less expensive, and they've run great for me for a long time.

Best part was the price. Like most places nowadays, our LGS is somewhat struggling to find decent-priced ammo, so I traded off some stuff that I'd almost certainly never use. 4K rounds of 7.62x39, about half of which I bought nearly thirty years ago when it was $88 per 1200 rounds, and the rest of which still had the $2.86 retail pricing on the boxes, and walked out with this gun and $300 cash. I still have more x39 on hand than I really need since I don't shoot it recreationally, and this is something I'll actually use. I've mostly been selling off guns this year and really didn't really 'need' this one, but I figure new gun for me that I'll actually use to one extent or another, $300 for my wife, and all I gave up was four ammo cans that would probably still be sitting around after my death anyway. And the gunshop owner was very happy with the deal. Seems like a win-win for everyone involved.
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Old 10-09-2020, 07:16 AM   #2
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nice looking rifle!
 
Old 10-09-2020, 01:16 PM   #3
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I like it. I've never owned a levergun with a barrel more than 20" before and always assumed they'd be awkward or gangly, not to mention heavy. But this one carries & handles quite a bit more comfortably than I would have expected.
 
 
Old 10-10-2020, 07:30 AM   #4
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I used a Puma M92 in .357 w/ a 20" barrel for Cowboy Action about 5 years back when I was shooting in the "B Western" category. It had the big John Wayne loop lever. Very reliable and fun to shoot.
 
Old 10-12-2020, 10:19 AM   #5
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Tried it this weekend. Still surprised at how well it handles with the long barrel, but it does. (Occasionally it's good to be a big oaf.)

As with most of my other Puma's, it shoots a little high even with the rear sight elevator completely removed; but not bad enough to be a real problem. For whatever reason the 20" 454 shoots fine, but the others (two 16's and this 24") all shoot high to a degree. Again, not enough to be a problem and am very happy with the gun so far. Also finally appreciate the comment people supposedly used to make about the old Henry rifle when it first came out, that you "could load it on Sunday and shoot it all week". Obviously an exaggeration, but the silly thing holds 13 rounds if topped off. That's a lot of rounds on tap in a levergun.

Still down about six guns for the year, and looking to pare things down some more; may make some into Christmas presents for a few people this year.

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Old 10-13-2020, 06:21 AM   #6
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Congratulations on the pair down, in the last 5 years (excluding this year) I've managed to pair down 12. Unfortunately this year I'm up 5, am I winning?
 
Old 10-13-2020, 06:39 AM   #7
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Depends on how you define 'wining'...

I'm actually glad to be down in the number of guns I own. They accumulated over the years (decades...), and for a long time had been spread out over several locations. The safes in our building, my home a couple family members' homes, etc. When I built the gun closet and got most of them in one place it became apparent that there were some that I simply never - or almost never - used, and so decided to reduce the number.

I'm enjoying the paring down of stuff enough that I'm thinking about doing the same with watches, the only other thing I've gradually accumulated way too many of over the years. Nothing real high end except one Wittnauer that I bought on sale around 20 years ago; the others are all medium-end stuff, things like seiko, citizen, Prometheus, marathon, a couple bulova's, etc. I've owned a few expensive ones over the years, but quit wearing them due to negative reactions by people when on sales calls; and when I quit wearing them I went ahead & sold them off.

Like a lot of guys his age, one of my sons doesn't wear a watch, but the other one does and I may see if he wants any of them & then sell off most of the rest on ebay or something. (Bought a lot of crap on ebay but never sold anything there.) For a lot of reasons in our current situation, reducing the number & bulk of possessions currently feels pretty good.
 
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Side thought - when filling out the 4473 on the levergun, I saw that the form had been changed since the last one I filled out.

This one had three options under 'gender', I kid you not. Male, Female, and Non-Binary. Wish it was a joke, but it isn't.
 
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Side thought - when filling out the 4473 on the levergun, I saw that the form had been changed since the last one I filled out.

This one had three options under 'gender', I kid you not. Male, Female, and Non-Binary. Wish it was a joke, but it isn't.
Well that would cover Melvin then!
 
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Side thought - when filling out the 4473 on the levergun, I saw that the form had been changed since the last one I filled out.

This one had three options under 'gender', I kid you not. Male, Female, and Non-Binary. Wish it was a joke, but it isn't.
Yeah I noticed that too when I bought the receiver for my AR-10 build.

Of course they never leave any room to write in things like "Lesbian trapped in man's body."
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