Originally Posted by Airdale
I think Josh has it about right for getting a new one. I don't think Academy will order for you (at least that's the way the counter guys expained it to me) they will locate one in one of their other stores and have it sent to your store.
I checked Buds and they have a Henry "Big Boy" in .45 for $672. It looked like Marlin would be in the same range if they had one.
The others that make sure are proud of their stuff Uberti and Cimmeron are outta my league.
One other choice is used. Search the pawn shops and gun shows. If you go that route you might want to consider a few more calibers like .357 mag. or even a .44 mag to enhance your chances of finding a nice Rifle.
Yeah, I have a Winchester Trapper Special, in .357 magnum, with a 17 or 18 in. barrel. It's handy around our rural place for varmints. I bought it new, probably 10 or 12 years ago. I have a Winchester "End of Trails" in .45 Colt too. And I would not part with either one of them. Both are 'for fun' guns.
I 'spect either one would easily take a whitetail. Both are "legal" where we live.
My Dear Wife claims the End of Trails, but I bought it. My Dear Brother borrowed it for deer hunting and I haven't got it back yet. Guess I'll have to talk to him. Maybe I'll take Dear Wife down to do the talking.