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Shooting Lever Guns of the Old West Paperback – November 15, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Wolfe Pub Co (November 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879356821
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879356825
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Mike Venturino was born and raised in Mingo County, West Virginia, and graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1972 with a BA degree in Journalism. Always attracted by the West, he started working summer vacations in Yellowstone National Park in 1969 and moved to Montana immediately after graduation.

His first magazine article, written as part of a class project, was printed in Guns and Ammo in 1972, and in 1999 his 800th magazine article was published. Unlike most shooting sports writers, Mike actually set out as a teenager to become a full-time gunwriter, and has pursued that single goal throughout his life. However, before attaining that goal, he also wrangled dudes, taught high school, drove a truck, and was even proprietor of his own movie theater.

In 1977 Mike met his wife Yvonne, a Missouri farm girl, also working in Yellowstone Park. They were married on April Fool's Day, 1978, and he credits her with giving him the ambition to follow his dreams. "Before Yvonne," he says, "it was easy to sit around and talk guns with my buddies. After we were married, I knew I had to get serious about some sort of career." Although not a shooter before marriage, Yvonne thoroughly enjoys shooting alongside Mike.

The Venturinos have no children but share their 70 acres near Livingston, Montana, with a vast assortment of dogs, cats, and horses.

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Very well written and illustrated.
Eric
Great technical load information for the person who reloads cartridges for these older models.
Floyd
Definitely recommend it to a novice like myself.
Gregory G. Gay

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Northwest Hunter on October 14, 2011
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I found this to be as fun to read and as useful as Shooting Buffalo Rifles of the Old West...the history, commentary on the guns, good illustrations, and the practical information on shooting various historic and obsolete calibers is well researched, honest, and very helpful in evaluating potential additions to my collection of antique arms. My only complaint is that the book is very Winchester heavy, and although Marlin is somewhat represented, there is little about other interesting lever guns such as Savage, Whitney, Burgess, etc. But Winchesters and Marlins are the most likely lever guns that the reader may have a chance to play with, so the coverage is appropriate. On the whole, very enjoyable read and valuable shooter's reference material.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By bombshelterbob on April 29, 2012
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This is the third Venturino book that I've purchased, he's a author that I've not only come to enjoy, but to rely on as well. Venturino knows his topic and the more he writes, the better it gets. I've followed him for years in Rifle and Handloader magazines and I've come to appreciate his hands-on knowledge and passion for 19th century and military firearms. While he ain't Shakespeare, he is good at his craft.

The book is split into two parts: 1)identification and history and 2) shooting tips and reloading data (by make, model and caliber), it's pretty standard Venturino format. At 300 pages, it's not necessarily big, but, there's a lot in it! I am of the opinion that the layout and art/photography is better than his early books, so kudos to his wife who I believe does that work for him.

This book is one that I can heartily recommend to anyone who shoots old guns and wants reliable data, old west buffs, and gun nuts like me who love stuff that goes "Boom". Buy and enjoy.

And to those less than real men who don't like guns, shooting, and reading/talking about them; PHFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Floyd on September 7, 2012
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Very good historical background of Winchester and Marlin lever rifles. Great technical load information for the person who reloads cartridges for these older models. I now have a several loads I will be comfortable shooting in my 1886 Winchester; (made in 1893,with a soft or iron barrel).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By win 73 on May 24, 2012
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levers guns of the old west is a must have if you are going to shoot these old guns.
loads are listed in each section with the models of marlins and winchester. enought
smokeless and black powder loads are listed to give you a good idea on powder-how and
where to get brass to shoot these old timers. a must have for your reload library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory G. Gay on January 10, 2012
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I have read the whole book and gained a lot of insight on the Winchester lever action guns. This book is well written and very comprehensive. Definitely recommend it to a novice like myself.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JAYHAWK on December 8, 2011
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JUST WHAT I EXPECTED AND WANTED. THE BOOK ARRIVED ON TIME AND IN GOOD CONDITION. HAVE ORDERED SIMILAR BOOKS. WILL CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR BOOKS ON GUNS OF THE OLD WEST.
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By A. Nickel on July 8, 2014
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Not enough on black powder loads for brass cases.
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By Kimberly L Ellison on June 16, 2014
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this a great compliment to the shooting guns of the old west and very enjoyable if you are a gun lover.
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