Is it just me, or are lever action rifles cool?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by SGT_Calle, Jan 8, 2010.

  1. SGT_Calle

    SGT_Calle New Member

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    I'm pretty new to personal firearms and like many (i imagine) my wish list will always be more than my budget can realize.
    I've really been interested in lever action rifles lately (and I'm not sure why). I'm not a cowboy/western junkie or anything, they just seem really neat.
    I know that I'd like to get a .22 Henry or something similar in the future to shoot with my kids but I'm thinking about daddy guns right now. I just want to open the discussion to multiple brands and calibers, since I'm generally new to all of this. I'd like something fun to shoot at the range that won't kill my shoulder, lol.
    Any of you folks out there with lever rifles please sound off; what you have, what you like. Pics would be cool too!

    I've really been enjoying my brief time on this forum so far and I'm looking forward to some great input!

    Thanks
    Calle
     
  2. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Hey Calle,It just isn't right if you don't have good ole Lever Action rifles in your collection. Your right,They're COOL!,and very fun to shoot and accurate.

    I have a few in my collection:

    1873 Uberti-45Colt
    1892 Rossi-38/357 Magnum
    94 AE Winchester-44 Magnum

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    Marlin 56-22LR
    Marlin 1897 Annie Oakley-22LR
    Erma Werke 73-22WMR

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    Winchester 255-22WMR

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  3. SGT_Calle

    SGT_Calle New Member

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    Awesome! That's what I'm talkin' about hillbilly! Do you have a favorite?
     
  4. Txhillbilly

    Txhillbilly Active Member

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    Yes,All of them. LOL
     
  5. Duddn

    Duddn New Member

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    My favorite lever action .22 is definatley the henry, probably the most accurate .22 I have ever shot. Ammo is dirt cheap, and you can never get tired of shooting it.
     
  6. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    It's not you, they are definatly cool. I'm eyeing my first one right now.
     
  7. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    I don't have a lot of pictures handy but here are a few:

    Twin pre 64's Winchester 94s in 30-30 and .32 Win Spl
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    Technically speaking a lever gun, Shilo Sharps 45-70 (top)
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    I also have an early 1920s Savage 99 in .300 Savage, A Winchester 1894 from the late 1910's in .30 WCF (30-30) and a Rossi in .45 Colt somwhere in the gun room.

    No favorites here, love them all...
     
  8. jpattersonnh

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    Damb Tex, Nice family there! I have 2 levers.
    EMF 1892 .44-40
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    Browning 1981 BLR (Steel receiver) .308
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    The .44-40 is a ton of fun, no recoil and plenty accurate to 150 yards. Ammo is dirt cheap to reload.
     
  9. lonyaeger

    lonyaeger New Member

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    Good jeebers, man! What a collection!
     
  10. VitSports6

    VitSports6 New Member

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    I have two lever action rifles in my possession.
    1. Winchester model 94 30-30 that my dad bought me when I was 10 or so back in 1981.
    2. my son's new Henry Youth Lever Action .22 he got for Christmas, Great to shoot.
    In the future my son will inherit a Henry Big Boy .44 that my dad bought for him, Its in the first 500 made IIRC
    Im not a cowboy either, Honestly I cant stand country music... But Lever Actions are cool!
    Good luck to you :cool:
     
  11. TXnorton

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    I have two lever actions, a Marlin Model 336C in .30-30 (of course). The Marlin was the first firearm I purchsed after I graduated from college (about 100 years ago) and could afford to start buying guns. The second is a .22LR Winchester Model 9422, technically this one is my son's rifle, I bought it for him the day after he was born (28 years ago).

    I will eventually also be buying an Uberti 1873 replica like Txhillbilly has in 45 Long Colt.
     
  12. SGT_Calle

    SGT_Calle New Member

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    Alright, now to refine the search:
    I'm looking at some shorter rifles.
    I like the Marlin Guide Gun in .45-70: MARLIN LINK
    Also the Rossi 16"-ers in 45 Long Colt: ROSSI LINK

    I shot a .45-70 a while ago and it seemed to kick my skinny butt, but I've read that lighter loads are not as harsh.
    Some input on these calibers would be awesome! Maybe even a Rossi .357?
    Thanks again everyone, you guys are awesome.
     
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  13. divinginn

    divinginn New Member

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    The granddaddy of all assault rifles,I have been wanting another lever action for about 25 years. I really would like a savage model 99 in 300 savage or a 308. I sold my only lever in the early 80s it was a Marlin in 44 mag,I bought at Kmart for 110 dollars.
     
  14. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

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    TX, is that a Walker Colt in your avatar?

    A real man's hand-cannon!
     
  15. willfully armed

    willfully armed New Member

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    Since my home internet is down til tuesday, no pics, but....

    I currently have the finest 22 lever gun ever made, a Marlin 39A. Its a 1978. My birthyear.

    I also have a 1964 Marlin 336 in 35 Remington, and a 1984 Marlin 336 in .30-30 Winchester.



    I'm pretty fond of all lever guns, but I feel Marlins are better than the rest.


    I recently sold a Marlin 30A in 30-30. And I used to have years ago, a Winchester 1894 in 44 Rem Mag.

    Lever action rifles are just more fun to shoot.
     
  16. jbshoots

    jbshoots New Member

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    no, it's not just you. lever action rifles are pretty damn cool. i wish i had one.
     
  17. SGT_Calle

    SGT_Calle New Member

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    Wow! I'd love to find a Marlin for $110, lol.

    You guys have any thoughts on Rossi lever actions? I'm looking at the 16" 44 mag. The price seems very right (~$400) for a starter. Rossi @ Bud's
     
  18. od green

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    Have two both Henry's, a 22 which i gave my youngest son and 22 mag love em both. Some thing about a lever will bring out the kid in you even if ya are or weren't a cowboy . The H001 will shoot any ammo and you can even mix 22 lr and 22 shorts and it will still feed and fire. Load on Sunday and shoot all week long !!!
     
  19. jpattersonnh

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    Your problem right now is going to be ammo. .44 Mag is no where to be found around here. Neither is .45 colt. .357 and .44-40 is easily found. W/ a .357 you can also shoot .38 special.
     
  20. TXnorton

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    Cane: Yes it is an Uberti replica of the Walker-Colt. It IS a blast (literally) to shoot. I usually load 50 grains of FFFg (60 is the maximum). As it is a heavy pistol, it is definately a two handed grip for any accuracy, and the recoil is not at all bad. Much less punishing than my .44 or .357 magnums. It shoots very well at 15 yards, I need to move to the 25 yard range at some point, then to the 50.

    I always get a lot of positive attention at the range when I shoot it, it does make a BIG BOOM and lots of smoke!

    I changed my Avatar when I realized what JD's choice was, but, I'll bring the Walker back at some point.
     

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