.357 Lever Action Rifle

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by JiroZero713, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. JiroZero713

    JiroZero713 Active Member

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    Any suggestions?

    One of these will probably be my next rifle to get. I want something cheap yet not crap...Cheap as in reliable and good for the penny.


    I don't want a 30/30 or a .44 since I have a .357 Revolver it would be nice to have my rifle shoot the same ammo as my revolver....make it cheaper on ammo.
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    See if you can find an 1894 Marlin. I had one and it was a great and fun rifle. .357's practically become plinkers when shot from it.
     

  3. JiroZero713

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    I hear some bad things about safeties on the Marlin.


    Not so sure on them.

    What about those Puma things? Do they make a .357 or just .44?
     
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    I've had three Marlins. Don't believe everything you hear. ;)
     
  5. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I believe the Cowboy version has ballard rifling so you can shoot unjacketed bullets also. IMHO, this extends the versatility.
    My 1895 has NO issues.
     
  6. stalkingbear

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    I've not came across any problems like that with Marlins-in fact a Marlin 1894C or 1894CB would be my FIRST choice. IMHO among the traditional lever actions, the Marlin is the best of the class.
     
  7. RL357Mag

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    I have a 1960's vintage Marlin, three Winchesters, an Ithaca, and a Henry (.22). The Henry is the smoothest action and has the nicest stock, the Marlin has the next smoothest action and best accuracy, and the Winchesters are Winchesters - sloppy action, accurate, and a piece of Americana. Even if Winchesters were still made, I would buy a Marlin. PUMA is imported and relatively crude as far as workmanship, and they will cost you as much as a Marlin if not more. Henry makes a .357 and might be worth looking into, although I think they are probably more expensive than the Marlin also, and may contain some plastic like the .22 version (barrel band and front sight). Bottom line - you will never go wrong with a Marlin! By the way, up until recently, lever guns had NO safety other than a half-cock and the lever had to be tight up against the stock for the gun to fire. Many people despise the cross-bolt safety found on newer lever actions.
     
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  8. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    I believe that Marlin has always made a better lever gun over winchester and any other lever gun out there.

    My dad has a few marlin lever guns from the late 1890's they are big robust and shoot like a dream.
     
  9. Flint Rock

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    My Marlin 1894C is my favorite long gun. Not a power house, but powerful enough for anything from cans, varmits (2 legged and 4), and even deer with good shot placement at 100 yards or less. I once took a woodchuck at 75 yards using only the iron sights, and to this day I am prouder of that shot than much longer shots with my official varmit rifle. The Marlin fit and finish is first rate and the action just gets smoother with time. I've got Marlin's with the cross bolt safety and without. I don't use the safety and I don't like it being there, I guess I'm old school but I don't see the need for it, but the safety doesn't affect the "feel" of the gun.
     
  10. Txhillbilly

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    I have had a Rossi 92-38/357 rifle for years and it has always been a favorite.I also have a Winchester 94-44 Magnum,and a Uberti 1873-45 Colt.
    All three are great guns,and fun to shoot
     

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  11. JiroZero713

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    So basically it's like this

    Henry
    Marlin
    Winchester

    I'll look into the Henry...I've held a few and liked the feel.
     
  12. JiroZero713

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    God dern Henry's are alot of dough...maybe I'll find a good used one.

    In lever I'd be better off getting a used.
     
  13. RL357Mag

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    For some reason I could never understand, any lever gun in .357 or .44 mag is A LOT more expensive than the .30-.30 version.
     
  14. JiroZero713

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    I guess because the ammo is cheaper.....they got to make their money back somehow I guess.


    Kind of pisses me off.

    Just got to find a used one.
     
  15. RL357Mag

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    Like you, I wanted a .357 lever gun to compliment my revolver for years but could not justify the $600 price tag.
    Now I have a .40 Beretta and a Highpoint 4095 carbine. The carbine shoots 2" groups at 50 yds. and holds 10 rds. What else do I need...
     
  16. JiroZero713

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    Don't really like the Hi-Point myself.


    But that is a good point.

    I might look into getting the Sub-2000 instead since it takes Glock Mags. I'll get it in 9mm....
     
  17. OC357

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    I have occasionally thought of getting one myself to compliment my .357. I have an older Marlin 336C in 30-30 and it is a sweet shooter. I was leaning toward the Marlin. Every once in a while I check around for a used one but havn't seen one lately. I really think the Henry and the Winchester would be good ones also. I really think either one of those 3 used would be good as long as they were in good condition.

    OC
     
  18. JiroZero713

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    Aye probably....problem is.

    You can't find a used one in .357.

    I might go with the Sub-2000 in 9mm...problem is though I don't like glocks so it wouldn't have the same pistol to carbine type deal as with the lever action for me.
     
  19. RL357Mag

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    I shot a friends Sub2000 and it shot ok, problem is everything on it is plastic including the sights, and there is no elevation adjustment. It shot to point of aim at 25 yds. but could not be adjusted beyond, not that you would use a 9mm for much more than 25 yds..Incidentally, he also had a 995 Carbine and it was much more accurate and stronger than the Sub2000. Compare them before you buy! I believe the Sub2000 costs more also.
     
  20. JiroZero713

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    Problem with the 995 is only 10 Round mags right?