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Old 03-27-2013, 04:09 AM   #1
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Been thinking about maybe buying a .44mag lever gun. I've looked at a Rossi silver finish for $560 and a Henry brass receiver Big Boy for $800.

The Henry was the nicer gun but I don't know about $240 worth of nice. Are there any more lever gun makers in .44mag/special and price points? I already reload for .44mag so I wouldn't be interested in another caliber.

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The discontinued Browning 92 .44 Mag. is great little rifle. They can be found on Gun Broker at times. Marlin offers a number of nice .44 Mags.

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Another choice is a .44 Ranch Hand or Mare's Leg.

I want one because it is a hand gun, and that offers a unique side to it.




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Been thinking about maybe buying a .44mag lever gun. I've looked at a Rossi silver finish for $560 and a Henry brass receiver Big Boy for $800.

The Henry was the nicer gun but I don't know about $240 worth of nice. Are there any more lever gun makers in .44mag/special and price points? I already reload for .44mag so I wouldn't be interested in another caliber.
I've handled the Rossi ones several times. Definitely not a good buy IMO. It looked and felt cheaply put together. All the Henry rifles I've ever handled were really solid guns. I would get the Henry.
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I'm with Nitestalker on this one.

The Browning and Marlins are built on far better actions than the Henry. IMHO, Rossi firearms are.......well, let's just say that you couldn't give me one for free.

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Get the Marlin by all meens. I got mine last year and never regreted it. I used to have a 44 Mag revolver but at my age; my wrist is not as strong.
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Uberti makes 1873's in 44.

But they are more than the ones mentioned. Marlin would be my first choice and rossi or uberti. With the rossis its a crapshoot according to my research. If you get one that works good you win but your more likely to spend the difference between it and a uberti to make it run.

The henry are nice but its that damn tube feed mechanism that really sucks. Its a weakspot and a big one a very big one

I would go marlin.

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Marlin 1894. I have been looking at the 1894C which is 357. The Marlin can be scoped or set up with a receiver sight. Already drilled and tapped. I passed up an 1894 44mag at the recent local gun show.

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I have a Rossi 92 in .45 Colt and it's a very nice gun but I don't know that I would want one in .44 mag. For a high inttensity round I would want a Marlin. Had one for years and it was built like a tank. I would try to find an older one without the crossbolt safety.

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I picked up a Rossi 92 in 357. I had a marlin 1894 44 mag on order, but was told it was going to be 6-8 months before marlin would start production again. My LGS was able to order the 92 and had in in store within 3 days. I did some research before taking delivery and the fit and finish was pretty decent. Cycled the action a bunch and it functioned perfectly. The Rossi is rough around the edges, but half the fun is smoothing it out and making it run the way you want it to. I still want a marlin 44 mag though.

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