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    Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    I have seen the Thunderbolt in the .45 Long Colt, and the gun in the .357 sounds very interesting for a brush gun during dear season. I've not shot many pump actions, but borrowed a .270 Remington years ago and took a very nice buck with it. Sure seemed to make it easy to get back on target. I'd be interested in your opinions if you have one.
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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    I've been waitin on someone to post on this too. From what I've read on sass.net ,many people have had their share of problems in the first run rifles.

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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    Ah, I don't know, I use my .308 M7 Remington for about anything and everything big game/deer anymore. No spots left in my rifle collection. Considered a .45-70, but I'd never use the thing. I'm sorta into the little M7 and .308 is a good hunting caliber.

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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    I was (and am) interested in a .357 pump and noticed the ones on the Taurus website had unfortunately been discontinued. The blued Colt 45s are available though but really would rather have one in .357 Magnum. Hopefully they'll re-release the .357s at some future point. Models in .44 Magnum, .460 S&W Magnum & .500 S&W Magnum would be appreciated too.

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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    +1 to the 357 t-bolt would make great companion to my pair of Gauchos
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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    i saw one displayed in the local gunshop and under it was a target with an orange dot . three shots fired dead center in the target cloverleafed .
    the target was shot at 50 yards.when i inquired about the rifle i was told it was the owners and not for sale.

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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    I have run across 2 of them recently. ! at a local gun show and 1 at the local shop. Both were 45's and I was holding out for a 357 to match my gaucho. I checked the taurus's web site and it said discontinued . I guess I will wait or settle for the 45.
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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    I've been looking hard at the 45 Colt Thunderbolt. The 45 LC can be easily loaded to 44 Mag levels and beyond especially with slower burning rifle powders with no ill effects. It should make a great accurate rifle if its dependable and doesn't jam.
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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    Shot a friends new 357 Thunderbolt a couple days ago. We fired about 125 rounds with no malfunctions. Gun was stainless long barrel and stiff to function.
    35 yard groups were 1 1/2 inch
    They take some getting used to, hard to load and the short pump action has a learning curve.
    Wood was plain and wood to metal fit was ok, but not great.
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    Re: Have you shot the Thunderbolts?

    Got a 45 LC Thunderbolt in Stainless a couple of weeks ago. Took it to the range for about 25 rounds. Shot the first 10 from a rest at about 50 yards - max cowboy shooting distance. Nice tight group of about 2 inches just to the left of POA. Used it at a SASS match this past weekend. 70 rounds through it with no problems at all (and no misses). Several of the pards thought it was a good lookin' gun and were mildly impressed with its performance. You do have to be forceful with the pump action, a wimpy pump can cause a FTE. Overall, I liked it and think I'll keep her.
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