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Old 11-26-2013, 04:12 AM   #1
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This year I took a monster buck with my 223 howa. Biggest deer ive ever harvested and probably will harvest for some time. I also took a doe with my Rossi 357 lever action rifle. Now, to most people, the buck would have been the highlight of the season, but not for me. The doe with the lever gun is what I think about when I think about the season. I have a new love affair with leverguns and have been reading up on them all week. I need another one and I think I want it to be used for hogs. I want to keep the scout scope concept, really like it a lot. I want a shorter gun, 16inches I think. I want it to be pretty much a hog gun, as we are getting overran with them in my home county. I think my best choice for shots out to 150 yards would be a 30/30. As I've been a bolt gun guy for many years, is there a better 30/30 out there? I was thinking about chopping a marlin down, recrowning and drill and tapping for a scout scope. What about the winchester ranger? Any ideas for a decent cheap 30/30 levergun out there the cheap to be a candidate for a chop job?

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Check for a Marlin youth model. A little shorter.

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Check out Hornadys Leverevolution ammo. Spire point with a soft tip to prevent accidental discharge in the tube. It's so popular right now it's all back order. It's supposed to be good for another 250-300 fps.

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Check out Hornadys Leverevolution ammo. Spire point with a soft tip to prevent accidental discharge in the tube. It's so popular right now it's all back order. It's supposed to be good for another 250-300 fps.
Yeah, definitely going to check that out. Also going to find some for my 357 mag. I've seen some here And there but haven't paid too much attention to the prices. I have a guy I buy reloads off of that gets 150 fps slower using the bullets and different powder and reloads 5% lower than max pressure so if all else fails I can always pick a box of those up.

And I was thinking about a marlin, but if I can find one I think I may go for the Winchester ranger and have it cut down to 16.5 or 18 inches. I like the idea of a 16.5 inch gun though. Dont think I could find anything handier in the woods or a small blind than a 16 inch gun. I dont think it will take the place of my 357 as a truck gun, but it would also be handier in my little s-10 to and from the woods.
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Now i see a 45/70 Rossi for 460 new at knob Creek...!!! The choices are going to kill me!!!:-). Wouldn't that be a heck of a hog gun? A 45/70 scout rifle...18 inch barrel, magnaported with a 1.5-5.5 power scope sitting on top? Hmmm...I may be on to something here...

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Now i see a 45/70 Rossi for 460 new at knob Creek...!!! The choices are going to kill me!!!:-). Wouldn't that be a heck of a hog gun? A 45/70 scout rifle...18 inch barrel, magnaported with a 1.5-5.5 power scope sitting on top? Hmmm...I may be on to something here...
I would get the henry 45/70 before that rossi
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The Henrys are quite pricey...may I ask why you wouldnt go for the Rossi?

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The Henrys are quite pricey...may I ask why you wouldnt go for the Rossi?
Henrys are quite pricey because they are an excellent rifle. I own a youth model Henry lever in .22. One helluva sweet rifle, indeed.
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I have a big boy in 357 that I really like. However I am always afraid to take it in the woods because I don't want to scratch it up.

I was thinking more along the lines of something in the marlin or Rossi lineup. Scratch up one of those and I won't cry for two weeks.

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I'm not a fan of the safety on the newer Rossi Rifles, just not natural. Carrying at 1/2 cock has always worked. I have an EMF Hartford in .44-40. It is a Rossi, but has been smoothed out by EMF. Wood is incredible. Mine has a 24" octagonal barrel. It is accurate and fast enough to hit a baseball 4 out of 4 from 50 yards out to 100+ w/ iron sights as it was sent down range bouncing.


My Buddy has a Rossi .45LC carbine. Not as accurate, but a handy hunter.

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