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eighteenninetytwo
12-03-2010, 3:09 PM
I'm looking for an old lever action - love these old rifles, and I'd like it to be original and C&R or as old as possible to keep as an invertsment and part of a collection. however at the same time I'd ideally like to shoot an easily available caliber so whilst and antique 32-20 winchester is veyr appealing it' not that practical. Any ideas in this respect? When did they start making lever actions in .38 special?

Jester Race
12-03-2010, 3:25 PM
Get one in .30-30, its been around for 115 years and is readily available. Or .45-70, thats been around since 1873. I love my lever guns, just dont own anything old.

-Jester

eighteenninetytwo
12-03-2010, 3:38 PM
DOH why didn't I think of those.
thank you

CEDaytonaRydr
12-03-2010, 3:45 PM
Any ideas in this respect? When did they start making lever actions in .38 special?

Long time ago... 1960s? 1970s? Not sure... :confused:

(technically, they're .357 Mag rifles that can shoot .38 Specials, but...details)

Have you considered .45 Long Colt? It's still a readily available caliber...

Jester Race
12-03-2010, 4:02 PM
Right now Im itching for a Winchester model 1895 in .405 Win. Can you say "sexy"
http://www.murphysguns.com/images/LBM_0085.jpg
Or a Sharps rifle in .45-70, or a pre '64 Winchester 94 in .30-30, or a Marlin Guide gun, or Marlin 1894 :D

OVERLOAD
12-03-2010, 4:04 PM
I'm looking for an old lever action - love these old rifles, and I'd like it to be original and C&R or as old as possible to keep as an invertsment and part of a collection. however at the same time I'd ideally like to shoot an easily available caliber so whilst and antique 32-20 winchester is veyr appealing it' not that practical. Any ideas in this respect? When did they start making lever actions in .38 special?

I have an 1886 45/70 Lever Gun that is fun to shoot but expensive to buy ammo for
I just bought a 1894 Marlin in 44 Mag that is more economical and I have a 45 Colt 1894 Winchester (Trails End Large Loop) that I reload for.
The 357 mag 94 Marlin is a good choice as you can shoot .38 spec. or .357 Mag in the same gun.It was introduced in the 1970's
Check out this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlin_Model_1894
The 38/55 is a good choice for a rifle caliber if you reload as you can shoot cast lead at about 1650 fps or jacketed bullets at a little over 1800 fps in the 1894
Marlin(Cowboy) or 1894 Winchester
Some say the 38/55 is a better target cartridge than the 30/30 and I tend to agree.
I also have a 44/40 1866 Winchester Replica and an 1892 44/40 replica carbine by Rossi that are cheap to shoot but may be a little difficult to find loaded ammo for.
By the way I also have a 30/30 1894 Win. saddle ring carbine and I recommend any of the above mentioned cartridges from personal experience.
Overload KillKenney
PS I agree with otteray the 22 long rifle is an excellent choice in a lever gun ( I never even thought about that one) Lots of fun to practice with and to learn
how to stay on target while cycling the action as fast as U can. I got a used Marlin 39-A for a little under 200 beans and it is an accurate piece.My Model 39-A does not have a cross hammer safety , whereas the current Golden Model 39A has had that ("feature") since its' introduction in 1983.

otteray
12-03-2010, 4:08 PM
.22 ammo is readily available and leverguns have been made in that caliber for a loooong time.
There were a couple on display at the recent Cow Palace Show CalGuns booth - an original 1897 and 1920's Model 39 with octagon barrels :D