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JiroZero713 09-12-2009 04:43 AM

.357 Lever Action Rifle
Any suggestions?

One of these will probably be my next rifle to get. I want something cheap yet not crap...Cheap as in reliable and good for the penny.

I don't want a 30/30 or a .44 since I have a .357 Revolver it would be nice to have my rifle shoot the same ammo as my revolver....make it cheaper on ammo.

CA357 09-12-2009 05:05 AM

See if you can find an 1894 Marlin. I had one and it was a great and fun rifle. .357's practically become plinkers when shot from it.

JiroZero713 09-12-2009 05:22 AM

I hear some bad things about safeties on the Marlin.

Not so sure on them.

What about those Puma things? Do they make a .357 or just .44?

CA357 09-12-2009 06:38 AM

I've had three Marlins. Don't believe everything you hear. ;)

robocop10mm 09-12-2009 09:09 AM

I believe the Cowboy version has ballard rifling so you can shoot unjacketed bullets also. IMHO, this extends the versatility.
My 1895 has NO issues.

stalkingbear 09-12-2009 12:38 PM

I've not came across any problems like that with Marlins-in fact a Marlin 1894C or 1894CB would be my FIRST choice. IMHO among the traditional lever actions, the Marlin is the best of the class.

RL357Mag 09-12-2009 02:48 PM


Originally Posted by JiroZero713 (Post 158533)
I hear some bad things about safeties on the Marlin.

Not so sure on them.

What about those Puma things? Do they make a .357 or just .44?

I have a 1960's vintage Marlin, three Winchesters, an Ithaca, and a Henry (.22). The Henry is the smoothest action and has the nicest stock, the Marlin has the next smoothest action and best accuracy, and the Winchesters are Winchesters - sloppy action, accurate, and a piece of Americana. Even if Winchesters were still made, I would buy a Marlin. PUMA is imported and relatively crude as far as workmanship, and they will cost you as much as a Marlin if not more. Henry makes a .357 and might be worth looking into, although I think they are probably more expensive than the Marlin also, and may contain some plastic like the .22 version (barrel band and front sight). Bottom line - you will never go wrong with a Marlin! By the way, up until recently, lever guns had NO safety other than a half-cock and the lever had to be tight up against the stock for the gun to fire. Many people despise the cross-bolt safety found on newer lever actions.

cpttango30 09-12-2009 04:45 PM

I believe that Marlin has always made a better lever gun over winchester and any other lever gun out there.

My dad has a few marlin lever guns from the late 1890's they are big robust and shoot like a dream.

Flint Rock 09-12-2009 05:08 PM

My Marlin 1894C is my favorite long gun. Not a power house, but powerful enough for anything from cans, varmits (2 legged and 4), and even deer with good shot placement at 100 yards or less. I once took a woodchuck at 75 yards using only the iron sights, and to this day I am prouder of that shot than much longer shots with my official varmit rifle. The Marlin fit and finish is first rate and the action just gets smoother with time. I've got Marlin's with the cross bolt safety and without. I don't use the safety and I don't like it being there, I guess I'm old school but I don't see the need for it, but the safety doesn't affect the "feel" of the gun.

Txhillbilly 09-13-2009 01:29 AM

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I have had a Rossi 92-38/357 rifle for years and it has always been a favorite.I also have a Winchester 94-44 Magnum,and a Uberti 1873-45 Colt.
All three are great guns,and fun to shoot

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