View Full Version : "falling block" action
02-26-2004, 09:53 PM
Could any of you help explain the advantages or disadvantages of a "falling block" action in a single shot rifle to a les than knowledgable cohort? Is it better than a "box lock" or other type of action in a single shot? Thanks in advance!
02-26-2004, 11:07 PM
Welcome to the TFF forum.
Sorry, have no experience with these type of firearms, but wish I had. I really like what they offer in terms of weight and accuracy.
Wish I could be of more help.
Mike Venterino of Shooting Times magazine is the guy you should write to, he has boocoo experience with all types of these old single shot rifles...and he shoots them too.
02-27-2004, 12:41 AM
Yup....what Gunguy said....
02-27-2004, 07:58 AM
The Falling Block goes back to the earliest days of single-shot metallic cartridge actions.
It's main advantages were that it was among the strongest single-shot actions, and was quick and easy to load & unload.
02-29-2004, 09:18 PM
I shoot a Ruger #1 in .45-70. Love the gun, but I can't really tell you much about adv. or disadvs.
What I have heard is that the falling block is supposed to be able to handle more powerful loads than typical. I guess this is good news to handloaders.
Since I just shoot store bought, it doesn't mean anything to me except that if more powerful rounds are developed in my caliber, then the Ruger can handle em.
Can't say much more about it than that except that single shots really ring my bell.
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