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Paradiddle
05-17-2010, 2:37 PM
For those of you who partake in the "old school assault rifles" ;) - which is your favorite lever .357 rifle and why.

Marlin, Winchester, other?

I've decided I need one.

onikuma
05-17-2010, 2:43 PM
marlin 1894 side eject :) 4 years of flawless running. the winchester 1894 top eject always annoyed me ;)

DJDace
05-17-2010, 2:49 PM
You can't go wrong with an Uberti made 1873 Winchester in .357 Mag. It will also fire .38 special if you want to cut down on costs and just plink.

Long Hunter sells them in various configurations and each comes with his custom action job as well as the lever being short stroked. These rifles are intended for Cowboy Action Shooting, but honestly if you're going to buy one, you may as well get it tricked out.

I bought one for my wife with a checkered pistol grip stock and 24" octagonal barrel and she absolutely loves it. The action is smooth and with the short stroked lever it's a breeze to cycle. It's accurate as sin too.

I love my 1894 Marlin, don't get me wrong, but that Long Hunter 1873 is a killer rifle.

Paradiddle
05-17-2010, 3:03 PM
You can't go wrong with an Uberti made 1873 Winchester in .357 Mag. It will also fire .38 special if you want to cut down on costs and just plink.

Long Hunter sells them in various configurations and each comes with his custom action job as well as the lever being short stroked. These rifles are intended for Cowboy Action Shooting, but honestly if you're going to buy one, you may as well get it tricked out.

I bought one for my wife with a checkered pistol grip stock and 24" octagonal barrel and she absolutely loves it. The action is smooth and with the short stroked lever it's a breeze to cycle. It's accurate as sin too.

I love my 1894 Marlin, don't get me wrong, but that Long Hunter 1873 is a killer rifle.

Is that a top eject style? No scope mount options?

smle-man
05-17-2010, 3:38 PM
Rossi 16" barrel copy of the Winchester 92. Light, compact,smooth action, priced right. I've had mine since 82 and it is still going strong.

Jpach
05-17-2010, 3:44 PM
I have a winchester that I got from my uncle before he died. It shoots waaaay to the right. Ive only shot it once but its pretty cool. Its kind of a safe queen though. If the sights were dead on then I would be busting up rabbits with that sucker.

Wildhawk66
05-17-2010, 4:12 PM
Marlin 1894 with ghost ring sights and a basic sling. Dead accurate and a hell of a lot of fun. One of my favorites.

toolittletoolate
05-17-2010, 4:18 PM
I love my Winchester M94. Nothing like it. So fun to shoot, kicks less then a bb gun. Every time I shoot it I just go "awwwwwwwwwww".

Desert_Rat
05-17-2010, 5:54 PM
I had a Rossi as well.It was a straight shooter and I loved it.My BIL was always all over it wanting Me to sell it to Him,He was always telling Me to give Him a price,so I threw out $500 and He whipped out the cash.and I sold it to Him.That was the easiest $400 I ever made,but He loves it and won't sell it.

DJDace
05-19-2010, 2:07 PM
Is that a top eject style? No scope mount options?

Uhh I personally don't see why you would want to add a scope to a pistol caliber lever rifle but ... no, the Winchester '73 IS top ejecting and it rules out the use of a scope. Iron sights work just fine on it.

If you want to scope a lever gun then just buy a Marlin 336A in 30-30, that would at least make sense and I have owned one like that and can vouch for their accuracy and reliability.

SoCalRandy
05-19-2010, 3:10 PM
I was interested in getting a lever gun earlier this year and decided on a Marlin 1894css .357. I upgraded the sights to an aperture style peep sight from skinner sights and couldn't be happier....

http://skinnersights.com/

BamBam-31
05-19-2010, 3:12 PM
Ditto the Marlin 1894c. Have a Williams peep and FO front on mine. TONS of fun. The .38's are too .22-like, though. Gotta fire off some .357's thru that puppy. Fun, fun, fun. :p

civilsnake
05-19-2010, 3:28 PM
I remember reading somewhere that sometimes these rifles have issues with choking on .38spl due to the shorter COAL compared to .357. Anyone here had any problems with .38spl?

ianS
05-19-2010, 3:42 PM
I really like the Rossi Brazilian copy of the 1892.

Pros:
-Very robust design perfected by John Moses Browning. Stronger than the Marlin and certainly stronger than the 1873 or 1866 designs which will get battered with modern .357 loads. They also chamber the 1892 in .44 Mag and .454 Casull as well.

-Extremely compact, slim lightweight, and handy esp. the 16" Trapper Model. It feels like I'm holding a short stick. ;) Barrel length is long enough to burn all the powder in the .357 Mag to gain max velocity from the round. .357 Mag out of a rifle is a completely different animal.

-Recoil is very mild akin to shooting a .22 even with factory loaded .357 Mag loads.

-Well built for its price and inexpensive compared to the competition.

-One of the most fun rifles to shoot in the world.

Cons:
-Not easy to field strip or re-assemble esp. compared to the Marlin 1894.

-Action can be a little rough but not that different than Marlins I've tried. Not as bad as what I've been told at least. It'll smooth out eventually. Or go here http://www.stevesgunz.com/ if you want it smoother or for a shorter throw. He is THE specialist for the 1892.

-The wood and overall fit and finish will not win any beauty contests. If that is a priority than a Marlin and esp those beautiful Uberti 1873 clones are without a doubt better.

-They're a bit hard to find a new one these days though I did see a used one in the classifieds here at Calguns.

SoCalRandy
05-19-2010, 4:53 PM
I remember reading somewhere that sometimes these rifles have issues with choking on .38spl due to the shorter COAL compared to .357. Anyone here had any problems with .38spl?

I had heard that too but so far mine hasn't had any issues at all. It is a little more fun to shoot .357 though, .38spl does feel like shooting .22!

plankowner
05-20-2010, 5:15 AM
I have a winchester 94 and I have never had a problem shooting .38 out of it such a fun gun to shoot I put it up there with a good .22

3006mv
05-20-2010, 6:05 AM
I have a marlin w/ the skinner sights; quick and accurate. if i get around to saving some money i may put a micro dot sight in front of the skinner sight. as a suggestion/option you may want to look at some slide actions/pumps like the uberti lightning or taurus thunderbolt or imi timberwolf

Sheepdog1968
05-20-2010, 6:36 AM
I have a 336 in 30 30 that I love. I've been real tempted to also get a Marlin in 357. Out of curiosity, what is the recoil like out of a Marlin in 44 magnum?

kendog4570
05-20-2010, 6:39 AM
Browning B92 carbine. Excellent clone of the Winchester 1892.

PoofNoEyebrows
05-20-2010, 7:16 AM
Marlin 1894

kendog4570
05-20-2010, 7:24 AM
I have a 336 in 30 30 that I love. I've been real tempted to also get a Marlin in 357. Out of curiosity, what is the recoil like out of a Marlin in 44 magnum?

.44 Mag carbines kick pretty good with full power loads. It's a fairly light carbine, and feels like heavier recoil than a 30-30 from a Win 94.

bombadillo
05-20-2010, 7:53 AM
I love my 1894 in .44mag. Its a great all around gun with a '77 build date. 4x fixed scope with flip to side "tactical" scope mount. It was as tacticool as you could get back in 77.

And for the record, my .44mag doesn't kick much if any more than an AR-15 does.

Sheepdog1968
05-20-2010, 9:11 AM
Thanks for the recoil comparisons.

Lagduf
05-29-2010, 8:14 PM
What's the going rate for a Marlin 1894c?

FUBAR
05-29-2010, 9:59 PM
I love my 1894C. It is my favorite rifle to shoot. I just ordered a Lo Pro Skinner peep sight and cant wait to install them. Skinner makes some awesome sights and r alot cheaper than the other breands. He's also a real stand up guy to deal with. HIghly recommend him if your lookin for something like that.

G-Man WC
05-29-2010, 10:26 PM
Marlin 1894c. Installed a Williams FP peep and a sourdough front blade.
It has a more solid feel to me over a Winchester.
I tested my Marlin 20" side by side with a buds Win trapper 18".
The Win has a loose action parts feel to it compared to the Marlin.
There just to much fun to shoot. I got into shooting steel silhouette. It beats the hell out of punching paper. I like my Marlin so much I bought a Dillon 650 to feed her. -g

The King
05-30-2010, 6:43 AM
Another vote for the model 92 clones.
Mine is south american made, 357 caliber.
I believe one shot per second is about as rapid a rate of fire as can be expected.
Perhaps they can be slicked and tricked for faster reliable cycling, but we cowboys have to conserve our ammo.

pennys dad
05-30-2010, 7:08 AM
great thread, before the AR sickness took over, I was working on a lever action collection. maybe its time to get back to it. The Hunter option sounds interesting