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Old 10-07-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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I'm getting an itch for a lever gun, never had one and have one shot a couple but that was a long time ago. definitely thinking used is the way to go for me. I can't put my finger on it but the newer lever guns just don't have the same appeal. thinking probably 3030 but also one in 38/357 would be an option. 4570 would top the list if it wasn't for ammo prices. The main reason 38/357 is a consideration is I'm also thinking it's getting close to time for a new wheel gun, I've had a 357 before and that's what I'll likely get again. I don't know a lot about them but always wanted one and its getting about time I have one. Will be used mostly for range fun but also deer hunting maybe (I know it's a sin but I've never been deer hunting and that needs to change). What would you guys recommend I look at? How is 357 on deer and in brush? advantage on 3030 over 357? and what guns would cycle 357 and 38 reliably? Or are there any other calibers I should look into? I know it's a lot of questions but I'm trying to get my research done so when I'm ready to buy I know what I'm looking for.

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I did a little looking around on-line, to check ammo pricing.

At sportsmansguide.com, low end .30-30 ammo is about $.85/rounds & .357 mag. is about $.76/round.

This seems like a non-factor for your decision. It comes down to superior ballistic profile (.30-30) vs ammo commonality (.357 mag.).

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I like having a lever gun in a caliber I own a revo in. It's this that has me looking for one in 38/357. I had one in 44 mag but sold it and really regret it now. So I might look replace that too. I have a Winchester 94 in 30 30 that is a total blast to shoot. A lot of people lean to the marlins because of the ease of mounting a scope. Being the range of the average lever gun I personally don't see a need to scope it. Most the hunting around here is 100 yds or less and that fits a lever guns use pretty easily. A 30 30 probably has taken more deer than any other two calibers...At least in my area so it's kind of a must have. With the Lever Evolution ammo form Hornady they are really accurate and will put a deer down pretty easy. I've heard of people doing ti with a 357 but I've not done it. I love a 44 for things like that though as long as the shot is under 150 yds. a 44 or 357 will work pretty well for coyotes too. Any would do just fine on targets. I don't reload rifle rounds though so anything I would get that is going to do a good bit of paper hunting I would want to reload for it. The press I use (Dillon Square Deal) only does pistol cartridges. I really need to get something that will do both rifle and pistol.

If I was getting one that would mostly do targets though I might lean to a 22. Cheap to shoot and a lot of fun.

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If i can have a lever action id like to have the alaskan co pilot

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Breaks down in a neat little package (:
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If i can have a lever action id like to have the alaskan co pilot

Breaks down in a neat little package (:
$2000+ might be a Lil more than I can afford haha, would be cool to have though
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Get a Henry.

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Depends on how much you want to spend. If you go with the .357 you should look at the Henry Big Boy, if you have that kind of cash, $800-$850

Or, Marlin makes a really nice one. Model 1894C at around $550-$600

The Rossie/ Taurus model 92 is nice as well at $350-$400

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Get a Henry.
Henry makes a real nice lever gun. I've been a fan of the marlins as well but there's mixed reviews on the newer ones. It would pay to look any gun over close before buying. Most of the issues I have heard where cosmetic and I can't see how someone takes it out of the store like that. I put that kind of deal on the purchaser.
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Here's my 1894C. love it

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so far I'm thinking 3030, and possibly an older marlin for a few reasons. Price, and ease to mount a scope are the main ones along with reputation. I would like to stick to iron sights if possible but it's nice to have the option without much hassle

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