I just bought a 1894 45lc cowboy last night! I love the look and feel of it so far. Now if I could only find some ammo for it thats not a self-defense round. I bought the gun for three reasons, one reason is because it's and awesome looking/feeling gun, second when i go to Indiana to go deer hunting you cant use high power rifles, so my winchester 30-06 is out of the question, third i think it would be a good coyote gun. My question is how do you find out how old the gun is? I've read somewhere that you take the first 2 numbers on the serial and subtract it from a 100 and thats what year it was born. Example 0239485768 it would be 100-02=1998. But mine starts off with a 98 so I know its not a 1902. If it is its in as close to new shape as it gets. Any insight to age, range, and which ammo to use for hunting would be great.