.357 Magnum/ .38 Special Lever Action Rifles?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by WannaGator, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. WannaGator

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    Guys how many of Ya use a .38 Special/.357 Magnum lever action rifle for Hunting?

    What brand do ya have/ recommend?
     
  2. CA357

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    I no longer hunt and haven't for many years. However, I had a Marlin 1894CS in .38/357 and it was handy, light and pure fun to shoot.
     

  3. RevDerb

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    Marlin 1894 Carbine. I just got it a month or so ago and I'm unsure what will go into the field with me in November; .30-30, .357, or .45-70. We'll see. :eek:
     
  4. Flint Rock

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    I enjoy my Marlin 1894C. The recoil is light and it is relatively cheap (well, it use to be) shoot. If you want to hunt deer or hogs with it, I would point you in the direction of Buffalo Bore Ammunition, Buffalo Bore Ammunition 357 Magnum 180 Grain Lead Flat Nose Gas Check Box of 20 - MidwayUSA. That said, I don't really like the .357 for either of those critters. I have used mine to take groundhogs out to around 50 yards (using a 1.5-5 scope). I prefer a 158 grain semi jacketed flat point , but will use a soft point if that's all I can find.
     
  5. Txhillbilly

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    I have a old Rossi model 92 carbine 38/357,but I have never hunted hogs with it.I like having a little bigger hunk of lead hitting hogs.
    I usually use my Winchester 94-44 Magnum shooting 240gr SWC or 300gr Hardcast bullets,or my Uberti 73-45 Colt with stout 255gr RNFP loads.

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  6. bigdad5

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    I have bought two puma rifles whom also may have been the back bone from Rossi. Anyway I own a 454 Causall that shoots 45 long colts very nicely. And both rifles handle heavy loads nicely but the 454 full load is rather punishing. I now use 230 gr. JHP from Hornedy and that projectile is sitting over 16 grains of blue-dot powder. It is a nice brush rifle in the configureation loaded with regular primers in a 45 long colt casing. That load seams to be close to max with out to much signs of pressure. the .357 rifle I am loading 140 gr. Speer JHP over 12.5 grains of blue dot. But more about the rifle my 10 year old grand daughter shoots it with factory load 158JSP very nicely and she weighs about 80 pounds and is wacking clay targets on the berm at 80 yards with it .
     
  7. togterry

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    Just picked up a Rossi 92 in 38/357 with a 16" stainless steel. Love it. I am doing a little work on it to smooth it out - spring kit and some stoning but it is nice and a great shooter. [​IMG]
     
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  8. JTJ

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    Wow! A 5 year old zombie thread. Since it is open again, I have an H&R single shot. Dont hunt anymore but do shoot it. Mostly at 50 yards with 38 spl.
     
  9. Donn

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    I have a Henry Big Boy 357/38spl. Bought it to accompany my 357mag revolvers. It's a great shooter, like a 22 on steroids.
     
  10. 303tom

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    I don`t have but would love to have a lever action .38/.357 mag................
     
  11. JTJ

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    How do you like the loading system?
     
  12. Certifiable

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    Marlin 1894C in .357 Magnum/.38 Special. I bought it at a gun show but didn't get to check the guts of it since the organizers had their little zip ties holding the action closed. The exterior looks great, but the interior was a bit rusted and pitted. I've cleaned it up enough that it'll fire, but it almost seems the cartridge swells inside the chamber when firing, making it extremely difficult to work the action and eject the brass. I'm going to try to take it all the way down and see if I can get into the chamber with a polishing bit on a dremel tool. Also had a couple of the "Marlin Jams", so I bought a new carrier assembly. I'll probably go ahead and get a new ejector and extractor.

    Ultimately, I plan on threading the barrel and getting a suppressor and either a low power scope or ghost ring sights.
     

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  13. jpattersonnh

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    EMF slicks up the Rossi very nicely. I've got a .44-40 with a 24" octagonal barrel that is incredibly accurate. It is the minimum I would use for white tail from 50 to 75 yards. 205gr sp does well under 100.

    Started at 50 yards with standard open sights, and with four shots sent it over the berm at 100 while moving.
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  14. tazzman55

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    I have a Marlin 1894 in 357, that I bought a few decades ago. Scoped it and used it around the farm to dispatch raccoons. For that purpose it is exceptional. Never had a problem feeding hollow points, and one shot was always enough.
     
  15. sandog

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    Seems like the guys with only a couple of posts under their belt always manage to resurrect a 5 year old thread, rather than just starting a new one !
    I plan on getting a .357 lever soon. I have had levers in .25-20, .32-20, .44 magnum, and .45 Colt. Those are just the pistol length calibers, have also had .30/40 Krag, .348, .356 Win., and several .45/70's. I guess what's held me back from getting a .357 lever, is finding a companion handgun in the same caliber. The .357 single actions just don't have the same feel and nice balance with all the extra metal in the cylinder and barrel that the big bore .44's and .45's do. Maybe after I get a .357 lever I'll look for a S&W 686 to go with the lever.
    I like Marlin's, most of my lever's, with the exception of a few Uberti's and original Winchesters, have been Marlin's.
    But lately I had a hankering for another Model 92. The last Winchester I had was a Moroku .32-20. Beautiful wood and polishing on it, almost too pretty to take into the field. And at $1100, I did not want to knock it around.
    After seeing member CoSteve's Rossi's, and hearing about other guys smoothing them up, I ended up buying one a few weeks ago. It is a .45 Colt, to go with my sixgun, and has a 24" octagon barrel. I smoothed up the action, and am now re-doing the wood finish with Watco stain. It seems accurate so far as I've got to shoot it, with winter here.
    I knew I would have to change out the sights, my older eyes don't do well with a semi-buckhorn. I installed a Lyman globe front sight I had, and have ordered a peep from Steve's Gun's that replaces the safety on top of the bolt. Looking through a peep makes the front sight much more clear for my farsightedness.
    Now I'll be on the lookout for a short barrel .357 Rossi, maybe in stainless, but I would not pass up a Marlin either.
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  16. superc

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    If you are shooting cardboard targets I am sure they are fun. But if you are trying to plant a fleeing mammal weighing 150 pounds or more, well even in .357, IME you probably want more gun, unless you really enjoy crawling around in blackberry bushes trying to find blood spoor or a hoof print.
     
  17. Txhillbilly

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    Freakin Gravediggers!
     
  18. bigdad5

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    Just my point of view. There isn't anything wrong with reviving a thread that has died and been forgotten. The idea of starting a new thread takes up space if the topic is an old one but still current and important to a few just waists space. I like reliving old threads that good sportsmen and women have taken time to post.

    bigdad5
    shoot more and shoot safely
     
  19. tazzman55

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    Are you saying this is a waste of space?
     
  20. JTJ

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    The 357 in a rifle has decent power to 100 yards. I would not feel under gunned on a deer within that range. I never took a shot I was not sure of and my longest shot on an animal was 70 yards. Early on I spent all morning and half the afternoon tracking a gut shot deer that another "hunter" shot. I never wanted to be responsible for that kind of situation so I passed up possible shots.