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Old 04-16-2013, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Thoughts on a 357 lever action rifle

I have a GP 100 in 357/38 and wanted a rifle in the same caliber. I know Rossi, Marlin and Henry make 357 lever actions and it seems only the Rossi is available where I am. I heard negatives and positives on all three and I know there is a big price difference.

What are your thoughts about a 357 rifle? Any have experience with Rossi, Marlin or Henry in that caliber?

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Old 04-16-2013, 07:36 PM   #2
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Years ago I had a Rossi and it was a lemon. New ones might be better.

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The only one capable of taking optics is the Marlin. I have an H&R single shot 357 and am pretty happy with it. Less than $300 otd. Mine is optics only but they do make a model with irons. I had one of the Rossi levers years ago and it was pretty decent but I was having eye problems and could not use the irons so I sold it. The Rossi is hit or miss on quality. They seem to be either good or bad.

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Of the three, My only pick would be the Marlin

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Personally I don't see a need for a scope on a lever gun but that's just me. Of the three you mentioned I would go with the Henry first, then the Rossi, and sadly last and least the marlington.

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I picked up a Rossi 357 back in January. Its a little rough around the edges, but they clean up nice. If you don't mind spending some time doing some minor work, they are good guns. Its an absolute blast to shoot. It was also drilled and tapped for a scope mount under the rear sight. I don't plan on scoping mine, but I did replace the rear sight with a marbles bullseye. Its a very fun, and easy gun to shoot. I don't regret it one bit. Just have to be aware of what you are looking at with Rossi. Give it a good look before bringing it home with you and you should have a good gun.

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Man I love a 38/357 lever gun. Out of the ones I've seen I likes the Henry and the Marlin best. I have no issue with Rossi but I've not held one of their lever guns so I can't give any real opinion on them. Most all the revolvers I've seen of theirs seemed to be pretty well made though.

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38 and 357 are great cal i personaly would go with a marlin model 1894 44 mag lever i got 1 and its great

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Personally I don't see a need for a scope on a lever gun but that's just me. Of the three you mentioned I would go with the Henry first, then the Rossi, and sadly last and least the marlington.
I have one on my marlin 336 30-30 but its a deer rifle. I do agree if you have a pistol cartridge lever gun
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I have one on my marlin 336 30-30 but its a deer rifle. I do agree if you have a pistol cartridge lever gun
I apologize. I meant a lever gun in a pistol caliber doesn't need a scope. You are right.
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