[5 of 5 Stars!]What a little beast! I bought this rifle to use as bear defense while camping/deep woods hiking. With the addition of a sling, it's a very easy rifle to carry, light and compact. The lever action cycles like butter, even the FFL commented on how he couldn't believe how silky the action felt. I'm impressed with the quality of this rifle, especially with what I paid for it. Once again, the action is SOOO smooth!
Here it is though, this rifle is an absolute beast! .45-70 hunting loads out of a small guide sized lever action can be painful. If you don't get this rifle seated against your shoulder how you should, you WILL end up with a bruised shoulder. My buddy, whom was in the Army Infantry, found that out the hard way with holding it a little looser than he should've. I would like to say though, this isn't a complaint, just a heads up. This is exactly why I bought this rifle, a powerful round in a compact, lightweight carry rifle for backwoods protection.
Another nice feature about this rifle is that the Rio Grande has an overbuilt receiver, and is one of the few rifles that can handle the Buffalo Bore/Double Tap hunting rounds with no problem. No fear with this rifle on those hot loads, it will handle them. You might not... but it will, heh.
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[5 of 5 Stars!]Kicks like a mule in the 45-70, however it is very accurate at 50 yards open sights. Fit and finish are great for the price of this gun.Show More Reviews...