Rifle advice

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by fmj, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. fmj

    fmj Active Member

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    Hey folks! I am new here. LONG time shooter/hunter and VERY vocal 2A advocate. I am seeking a bit of advice on what to purchase for my next rifle.

    Heres the choices...

    1) Marlin blued lever gun chambered in .44 mag...I can hunt in my home state with this weapon. Its (somewhat) readily available. But i am not a fan of lever actions. Cost is looking like $700+, + tax...AND i hear Marlin has broken down its machinery and shipping them to china to begin manufacturing their guns there. :mad:

    2) Ruger "deer field" semi auto chambered in .44 mag....again i can hunt my beloved whitetails w/this weapon in my home state. I personally like a semi auto platform. But i have heard bad about accuracy issues with this weapon. (would LOVE to hear opinions from those that have shot this weapon) Also this gun is no longer manufactured and slightly difficult to find. Cost is looking again to be around $700+, + tax

    3) DPMS flat top AR-15. This gun comes w/ collapsible butt stock, A-2 flash supressor, a 3-9x40 scope mounted, 2-30 rd mags, and a sling for $659+tax. I like the price of this weapon and i have always wanted an AR in my safe. But other than range time, cool factor and throwing up the middle finger to our "oppressive" Govt. its slightly impractical as i cannot hunt with it.

    I am a man of few ways and means (read dirt poor) w/ 3 kids, so cost is a HUGE factor. Also, I have dies for .44 mag (along w/ 30-06, 35 rem, 9mm luger, .357 mag/38spec.) but not .223.

    I am highly interested to hear the varying opinions to help me make the best decision.
     
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  2. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    I think you're wanting it for deer hunting?
    Of those 3 I'd say the Marlin-
    BUT there are a zillion other rifles that are better suited & most cost less----
     
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  3. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    Here's the ticket:

    http://www.galleryofguns.com/gunlocator/manuflink.asp?manuf=Harrington+&+Richardson&Item=sb1-s44
     
  4. stalkingbear

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    It looks like you beat me to it while I was typing, LOL.
     
  6. fmj

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    Guess i should have added it needs to be a repeater. The single shot H&R Handi isnt going to fill the bill. When it comes to a single shot i have a CVA Wolf smoke pole that I can get to group sub 1" @ 100yds all day long.

    I have looked at and discarded the Rossi lever as well. It MUST be American made!
     
  7. Trez

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    Another vote for the Ruger .44 carbine.. I love mine and it shoots great, Ive noticed in mine if you reload, it likes stout loads, weak "plinking" rounds wont cycle the action..
     
  8. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I deer hunt with a Handi Rifle in 280 rem., it is very accurate & maneuverable in a blind. As the saying goes: One shot / One kill.
     
  9. jpattersonnh

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    Check these out. My buddy has a .45 colt w/ a 16" barrel, does well out to 80 yards.
    Rossi USA

    I have an EMF Hartford .44-40 w/ a 24" barrel. Great rifle, plenty accurate to 100 yards, Enough killing power for White tails to 80+ yards.
    1892 Hartfords - EMF Company
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    my ruger 44 carbine is a solid 1.5-2 inch rifle at 100 yards. i have the tube magazine version. picked it up at a gunshow for 450$. previous owner claimed it was a pos cuz it didnt work. all it needed was a good cleaning.

    there arent a whole lot of spare parts for these rifles but the earlier pre-deerfield are built like a tank unlike most of rugers current rifles.

    you might do better with a 45-70 lever gun
     
  11. stalkingbear

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    I'm pretty sure a 45/70 ain't legal to deer hunt with in In. Of course I could be wrong.
     
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  12. jpattersonnh

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    Even a .30-30 or .32 special. Wait, The OP is limited to pistol cartridges!
    One of the advantages I have found w/ .44-40 over .44Mag is ammo availibility.
    I could go into a gun shop down the street and they had at least 3 flavors of .44-40, 2 of which were suitable for hunting. It was cheaper then almost everything in .44 mag, .357 mag, .45 Colt. W/ reloading I can reload 160gr Cast lead for some Varmint/Coyote fun, 205gr SP for whitetail, or 200..205gr Cast lead for either. Now granted out of a revolver its' numbers are low, but out of a 24" tube it is very close to a .44 mag from a 16" tube. It is sooo cheap to reload for. 500 lubed 160gr cast lead cost 17.00, A pound of Unique cost 16.00, Primers, those I have plenty of.
    Bullet: 3.4 cents, Powder: 1.85 cents, Primer: 4 cents. Even buying 100 pieces of New brass was cheap, .17 each, not to mention The 500 from commercail ammo. 3 of the 5 boxes I purchased were $12.00 each, 1, 14.00, 1, 16.00 per 50.
     
  13. therewolf

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    I went with a lever gun for .44 Mag because I knew recoil was going to

    be a cuss. I figured there wouldn't be much rapid fire, in any event.

    Not that you need it with .44 Mag...
     
  14. lonewolf101

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    cant go wrong with a .44
     
  15. wicat3

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    If your intrested in a nice lever action rifle check out mossberg. I was looking for one and was going to get a marlin but found a mossberg brand new for a price i couldnt beat. I love it and find it to have more then the marlin had to offer. I like the marlin but mossberg has always done me right and is one of my fav guns! Just my 2 cents anyway
     
  16. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    I'd say go with the Marlin or maybe check out a Rossi.
     
  17. fmj

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    Thanks for all the replies so far.

    My home state of Indiana doesnt allow for big bore center fire rifles. Only pistol caliber rifles, hence the .44 mag. If IN wasnt a silly state and allowed for "real rifles", i would be using one of my .35 Rems or the Rem. Model Four 30-06


    If you read the rest, you will see i have a 1 shot/1 kill gun already in the safe...a CVA Wolf .50 muzzle loader that shoots sub 1" groupings @ 100 yds.;)

    From a couple weeks ago dialing in new scope mounted on the Wolf...

    [​IMG]


    and a shot from last season...68 yds. confirmed w/range finder AFTER the fact...

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Gatoragn

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  19. therewolf

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    If you do like nice wood grain,

    the Marlin Lever Rifle can be had in Black Walnut,

    which is a very fine looking rifle stock.
     
  20. Ambrola

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    I have Deer hunted all over the States and most of Canada with a Remington model seven in 7mm-08. Best gun I own, and I have a bunch!!!