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Taurus Thunderbolt C45BR .45 LC, $475

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All 26 inches of barrel make for getting the most out of the .45 LC round, and provides a good sight radius. Turns out it didn't much matter, because we got 4-inch groups at 50 yards off a machine rest. We liked this rifle's looks, balance, and reliable function. We found it stayed on target better than the shorter carbines during fast shooting, which is what it's all about.

Taurus Thunderbolt C45BR .45 LC, $475

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The checkering on the forend helped us work the action, especially when pushing the time limits. The buttstock was uncheckered. Loading was done with the action open, and was not all that easy. The long tubular magazine held 14 rounds.
The buckhorn rear sight needed work, we thought, it having no defined notch for the round-topped front blade. But it worked. The trigger was okay.
The front sight had a chunk taken out of the back to provide a poor but workable aim. A little file work would help front and rear sights, we thought.

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