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wolflodge
02-26-2011, 12:08 PM
I have been looking for a lever action rifle for sometime now. I ordered a Marlin 1894C from my gun dealer over 4 months ago. They have no idea how much longer they will be out of stock. Does anyone know why lever action rifles have such limited availability? In the meantime I am picking up a Henry Big Boy. Can anyone give me feedback on the Henry .357 mag? I know that the loading is different than other lever rifles. I will continue to wait for the Marlin 1894C (my first choice!).

rudigan
02-26-2011, 1:14 PM
I picked up a Puma/Legacy .357 from Big 5 last year, it took weeks for them to get one. That was the only .357 lever I was able to find/look at for months. Haven't shot it much but aside from the crappy sights it's a totally cool little carbine, carry almost like a long handgun. FUN!!

RugerNo1
02-26-2011, 1:19 PM
I bought a Big Boy last year and it is a fun little lever gun. And, since I already have reloading gear for .357 mag. it is cheap to shoot too.

Sounds like you made the right choice "Buy Both!"

Good thinking! :thumbsup:

Hardwarejunkie
02-27-2011, 9:51 AM
I haven't shopped for any lever actions lately, but I do like them!
WL - Have you tried Gun Genie? Someome else posted about it and I was checking it out myself the other day. http://www.galleryofguns.com/genie/instructions.aspx

I favor 45 Long Colt myself but had toyed with the thought of getting a .357 and .44 someday.
http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv206/Hardwarejunkie/10_2.jpg
Really, Really, Really WANT! I wonder if anyone could do single shot exemption on this.

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv206/Hardwarejunkie/05_1.jpg
Maybe want, I think I actually prefer the non-lever version. I always did want a revolver rifle!

http://i684.photobucket.com/albums/vv206/Hardwarejunkie/SCJ4510_1.jpg

Anyone own a Rossi, how is the fit/finish/quality?

For more lever actions checkout http://www.rossiusa.com/

cortayack
02-27-2011, 10:18 AM
I have no feed back on the Henry, but I did get my Marlin 357 off of GunsAmerica! They also pop up on Calguns sales, here and there!

Good lucky

gunafficionado
02-27-2011, 10:33 AM
I bought an 1894c last year haven't had any regrets. Prior to hat purchase, I bought the 44mag version. Ammo is kinda expensive for the 44 so the 357/38 takes care of that.

I bought the carbines after I found out that Marlin was closing the plant in New Haven. Supplies were going to go down while they get rid of exisisting inventory at the old plant.
Expect Marlins to be in short supply until the new factory in South Carolina get up to speed with the production.

97F1504RAD
02-27-2011, 11:22 AM
Check Big 5 they usally have them in stock

Vanilla Gorilla
02-27-2011, 11:42 AM
Anyone own a Rossi, how is the fit/finish/quality?

Rossi IMO is junk i wouldn't let someone i don't like shoot one they are just plain junk

green grunt
02-27-2011, 12:38 PM
Marlin was my top choice , with a Winchester 2nd (larger action).....

but.......I am thinking about adding a Texas Brushpopper....very nice but high cost....

wait for the marlin.........a great choice !

IrishPirate
02-27-2011, 12:47 PM
I know someone who swears by his Henry .357.....i'm sure you wont be dissapointed. Henry takes pride in being 100% made in America and they want to uphold a positive image so there's a lot of attention that goes into making each gun. They have a lever action .22 made for Eagle Scouts that is absolutely beautiful. I plan on buying it for my kids when they reach Eagle....once i have kids of course :D
http://www.kingdomarms.com/store/images/_products/Henry-EagleScout22leverRifle.jpg
http://www.xdpistols.com/DisplayPic.aspx?PIC=268869
http://www.henryrepeating.com/images/rifles/h004es_eagle_left.jpg

John Haberman
02-27-2011, 1:17 PM
I picked up my Marlin 357 lever from Big 5 about 5 or so years ago. I compared the Winchester and Marlin, it seemed the Marlin was made better..( more care put into finish) One thing about the Marlin though; my rifle hates full wad cutters but the semi work much smoother. I picked this caliber because I had a S&W 686 357 at the time..John

gunafficionado
02-27-2011, 4:28 PM
I picked up my Marlin 357 lever from Big 5 about 5 or so years ago. I compared the Winchester and Marlin, it seemed the Marlin was made better..( more care put into finish) One thing about the Marlin though; my rifle hates full wad cutters but the semi work much smoother. I picked this caliber because I had a S&W 686 357 at the time..John

Yup, my Marlin doesn't like full wadcutters either. No problems with other bullets though.

easy
02-27-2011, 7:43 PM
Does anyone know why lever action rifles have such limited availability?

Before Remington, Marlin would 'batch run' rifles. This creates surges and dry spells of certain popular models/calibers. Now that Remington is in charge, it seems that QA is having a real issue with the learning curve on the Marlin product line.

Be patient. Inspect closely before plunking down your cash and walking out.

nagorb
02-27-2011, 7:57 PM
Rossi IMO is junk i wouldn't let someone i don't like shoot one they are just plain junk

Whys that? I've always heard good things about their lever guns.

jokat989
02-27-2011, 8:00 PM
They have a lever action .22 made for Eagle Scouts that is absolutely beautiful.

wow that is amazing. im an eagle scout, if i had that i wold never shoot it because its to pretty