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Old 12-16-2013, 10:51 PM   #11
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winchesters are supposed to be one of the best....but they are basically out of the game now...especially if you want one new or at a reasonable price.
If you're patient they're out there. I bought a Winchester 30-30 about six months ago or so for $400.
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I can, Hawk. Picked up a Big Boy 357mag a week ago. It goes right where I aim it. Using 38spl or 357mag pistol loads there's no recoil, kinda like a noisy 22lr. Using rifle only loads there's just a bit of recoil. My only problem, (and it isn't really), is I want to get the receiver engraved and I can't decide what I want on it. Once it's done, there's no turning back.
yeah..its funny...i haven't even shot my big boy...and its already perhaps my favorite rifle!

do you feel the tube load is any issue for you?

i don't love the idea, but i think for such a fine rifle, i can deal with one minor gripe.
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If you're patient they're out there. I bought a Winchester 30-30 about six months ago or so for $400.
nice find! i honestly think the inability to get a new one, combined with the top eject, was an overall deal breaker for me with a winchester. but i do love and respect the winchester lever overall....hard not to. these old levers have such a great american history!
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Love my Marlin .30-30s but would really like to find one of the Marlins in .357.

As someone else said, most of your lever actions are going to be for rimmed cartridges for feeding and extraction. If you can find a good .357 lever gun, just look at it as an excuse to find a nice .357 revolver to go with it.
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Best lever gun pistol caliber are the uberti 1873. No question about it.
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lever actions can be found in just about every caliber from .22LR to .405Win and 444marlin

In pistol calibers guns are currently being produced in:
22LR
22WMR
32WCF
38spl/357mag
44-40
44spl/44mag
45LC
454 casull

in rifle calibers the list is a little to long to run
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No, I don't actually have any lever guns. I never considered top eject & slide loading punching fingers issues, either. Will consider those things.
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I recently picked up a marlin 1894 in 357 mag. One of the best investments I have made. The gun is a blast to shoot, looks great and is easy on the shoulder. Only had one quick range session with it, but I look forward to the next. It did set me back quite a bit, but compared to the Rossi 92 I had, it was worth the extra coin.
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When you go to a magnum pistol cartridge
for a rifle/pistol pairing, you are already
making a big sacrifice, for the sake of
caliber commonality.

If you had a .40 S&W L/A, you would be losing all

rifle advantages for range and power.

Upside would be a red dot would work

better than a scope, at the range you would

be saddled with.

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Best lever gun pistol caliber are the uberti 1873. No question about it.
http://www.chuckhawks.com/compared_big-boy_1894C_1873.htm

here is a nice review of the uberti vs henry vs marlin. it is a bit outdated, as some things are not quite true anymore (like it states the henry not being drilled on receiver, they now ARE drilled for scopes on receiver.)

but not a bad read. many things to consider....amount you want to spend, do you want to scope, type of action, etc....
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