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Old 08-15-2011, 10:57 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by therewolf View Post
This is another personal preference thing.
The wonderful thing about lever guns is there's such a large selection of calibers to choose from...
Tell me about it....... That's why I came here. Does anyone here hunt with the 357 version? If so, how did it perform in terms of accuracy and takedown (never hunted with that caliber... I've always considered it a personal defense round myself) ?
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I've been deer hunting with a Marlin 1894 in 44 mag. The deer pretty much stop right there. I've taken 'em out to 165 yards with a 4X scope.... I know, but I'm old.....
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Default Lever Action Calibers

Browning offers the greatist selection in ther Model 81 series rifles from .223 Rem all the way to .300Win mag
Savage model 1899/ 99 in all sorts of savage calibers .22HP,.303sav, 250-3000, .300 as well as .243, .308, .22-250, 264win? and couple others I cant recall....think they even had a 410 shotgun barrel for the swappy barrel model.
Seen the Ruger 96 lever in .22lr and .22mag and .44mag all rotary mag fed.
winchester levers

Just last Fall I saw on the local gunshop rack a new Rossi 92 in 454casull, I suspect they also come in 460 Ruger and .50 S&W
Marlin 63 in .30carbine, 256Win
32 H&R mag (1980's era marlins)

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I'd go with the 30-30 Winchester but the Marlin is ok I guess.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:59 AM   #15
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I just bought the Marlin 1894css in 357. I cannot wait to clear my waiting period and get to the range. Any suggestion for ammo other than Hornaday Leverevolution is greatly appreciated (I have lots of that on order).
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other than the leverelution stuff any flatpoint ammo will work
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There's so many choices in Lever Actions out there, and all of them have a price to pay. Highest being either the Browning BRL or the Savage 99 which have some great calibers in long or short action type ammo. Next comes the newer Marlins/Winchesters with their 358, 444, 450 and some other heavy shoulder thumpers. This is not even counting the 45-70 that has been around for over 100yrs. The most versatile would be the old stand-bys and that would be Marlin/Winchester/Rossi/Mossberg/Glenfield in the ever popular 30-30, 44Mag or 357. I own a WesternField model 740 in 30-30 which is a Marlin through and through, but was made for Montgomery Wards in 1965 and it's a great shooter and also came with a walnut stock, whereas most store brands of either Marlin or Winchester came with a hardwood stock in birch and stained to look like walnut. I also own a Marlin 44MAG that's a little shoulder thumper with it's heaver 240grain bullet. Also don't forget to look at older sales of Marlin or Winchesters in some store brands like JC Penny, WesternAuto, Wards, Sears, Coast to Coast, and lots of other non-existant stores from long ago. Remember that if it ejects from the receivers side, it's a Marlin. If it ejects from the top, it's a Winchester. Mossberg 30-30's eject from the side like Marlins do, BUT when you "Cock the Lever", you'll find that the trigger will travel with the lever. While being good rifles, they don't have the parts availability that a Marlin/Winchester(Clones) will have. Most of the time you'll also find that the older rifles work better than the newer ones, due to the pride that the Manufacturer's Employees put into the gun, which they don't seem to be doing nowadays. You'll also find that a good "USED" 357 or 44Mag pistol cartridge rifle will have a "higher premium" cost, than a standard 30-30 will. If you find a Marlin with a "JM" stamp on left side of barrel, it will be good, BUT ONLY if serial number shows it to be from 2006 or older. If the Marlin has a "REP" on right side of barrel, it's now made by Remington and has lots of faults, feed issues, barrel problems, iron sights canted off, and other issues. There really is NO MARLIN's made after 2007 after Remington bought them out.
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I have several which include a Winchester Mod. 1895 in 30-06 which was Dad's. And a Winchester Trapper's model 30-30, A Marlin in .357 Magnum,
and the one which is not a gun safe queen, a Winchester Mod. 92 in .45LC and which I love to shoot because it is the same caliber of my 1858 New Army
converted to .45LC... I used to shoot the Mod. '92 in Cowboy Action meets,
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If you want a pistol cartridge,and a nicer higher end rifle,look at Uberti.
They make some very fine copy's of the 1860 Henry,1866 Yellowboy,1873 Winchester and others.

I really like my 1873- 45 Colt,and I also have a Winchester 94- 44 Mag,and an old Rossi 38/357 carbine.

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I had a Winchester in 44RM way back when, but the novelty wore off pretty quickly.

I'm strictly Marlin now.

I keep a 1978 39A 22lr, 1976 336 30-30 and a 1964 336 35Rem.

35 rem gets my vote.
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