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Spartan_R3PR
06-03-2012, 2:01 PM
Hey everyone, so just got back from the shooting fair and my girl decided she loves lever-action rifles, so I'm looking for input. I want to get her an inexpensive lever-action in an inexpensive caliber, my only restrictions are centerfire and rear-loading. (don't want to deal with front loading tube mags or box mags)

Thanks in advance.

R3PR

victor1echo
06-03-2012, 2:04 PM
Not inexpensive, but one of my all time favs is the savage 99. It loads from the top, and has a rotary mag. Saw one for sale for 400 recently. They come in many calibers, mostly I see 308, but mine is 250 savage.

MakeYaBootyBurn
06-03-2012, 2:08 PM
Marlin 336. I recommend reloading to keep costs down. I've seen them go for 350 to 400. Good luck

Pete1979
06-03-2012, 2:13 PM
Rossi in 38/357

Annex138
06-03-2012, 2:14 PM
Rossi R92. About $500 new. Cheapest to shoot would be a lever in .22. If you want a center fire, the cheapest would be a Rossi 92 in .38/.357 shooting .38 specials.

Markus
06-03-2012, 2:23 PM
Rossi R92. About $500 new. Cheapest to shoot would be a lever in .22. If you want a center fire, the cheapest would be a Rossi 92 in .38/.357 shooting .38 specials.

This pretty much to a T.

The Henry .22 is a lot of fun but it does have a tubular magazine. However, it also holds more than ten rounds...

I also recommend getting into reloading as it will make it a lot cheaper to shoot any caliber in the long run...

Spartan_R3PR
06-03-2012, 2:30 PM
Cool thanks for the suggestions, the Rossi looks like a good option.

zfields
06-03-2012, 2:34 PM
The Rossi 's just feel cheap compared to the marlins. I was in the same boat a few months ago and almost bought the Rossi until I saw them side by side. Cheap wood that is roughly contoured, no real grain to it. The lever was decently smooth, and locked rite, but the marlin's was much tighter feeling.

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Gem1950
06-03-2012, 2:47 PM
Lots of info out there on the Rossi 92 .357/.38sp The detractors notwithstanding, they're good little carbines, well made and fun to shoot. If you get the action tuned (you can do it yourself) it is very smooth to operate.

wtkaiser
06-03-2012, 4:41 PM
+1 on the Marlin. .357 to start unless either she's tougher than average or you're a reloader, in which case a .44 is more versatile.

As to that Savage 99 in .250 savage - drool...... My "friend" had one and moved away to Montana, I think to make sure I never got close to it once I tried it.

hk91666
06-03-2012, 4:46 PM
Not inexpensive, but one of my all time favs is the savage 99. It loads from the top, and has a rotary mag. Saw one for sale for 400 recently. They come in many calibers, mostly I see 308, but mine is 250 savage.

Also if your careful and it has a 6 digit or less serial number you can buy Cash n carry. As it would be a C&R rifle.

I got a 1957 300 savage that way. 300 savage very nearly a 308. 250 savages command a higher premium I would love to own one.

smittty
06-03-2012, 6:38 PM
I would say Rossi 92 in 45LC unless you reload or a 22LR of some sort.

There is NO guarantee that any lever action will reliably cycle both 38sp and 357 mag. Most will only reliably cycle one because of the differences in cartridge length. Same for 44sp and 44mag. But if you reload you can adjust the length of the cartridge to suit the gun.

ptgarcia
06-03-2012, 9:17 PM
Marlin 336 in .30-30 is a fantastic lever action rifle. I love mine.

BigJ
06-03-2012, 9:53 PM
The 99 is a beautiful gun, and I'd be proud to own one. But the Winchester Model 1894 deserves an honorable mention as well. I've shot one for years and find it as reliable as can be. And a quality .30-30 cartridge will get the job done at 400 yards just fine without killing your shoulder with recoil.

Check it out and give it some thought. You can't go wrong with any of the lever guns mentioned here.

scotty99
06-03-2012, 10:08 PM
.38/.357 is a good choice, but I'm going to say Navy Arms 1873. Not as cheap as the Rossi, but that '73 action is so much smoother than even a tuned '92. Great gun.

It goes against all your criteria, but the Henry Golden Boy is so much fun to shoot I think everyone should have one.

Hank Dodge
06-03-2012, 11:33 PM
Look for a used Winchester or Marlin in .357 for her. Either one would be good. I like the Uberti reproductions of the 1873 Winchesters as my favorite pistol caliber carbine, but they are certainly more expensive than a comparable Model 1892 or 1894.

PEZHEAD265
06-04-2012, 7:57 AM
The 99 is a beautiful gun, and I'd be proud to own one. But the Winchester Model 1894 deserves an honorable mention as well. I've shot one for years and find it as reliable as can be. And a quality .30-30 cartridge will get the job done at 400 yards just fine without killing your shoulder with recoil.

Check it out and give it some thought. You can't go wrong with any of the lever guns mentioned here.

I think you are pushing the effective range by about 200 yds or so.The 30-30 is only good to about 200 yds or so.

dfletcher
06-04-2012, 9:05 AM
An older Marlin 336 in 30.30 WCF would be a good, economical choice. They haven't changed much over the years. An older used one could be had for anywhere from "gee that's a great price" of just under $300.00 to newer used at about $400.00.

The 30.30 has light recoil and ammo is readily available.

Snapping Twig
06-04-2012, 9:58 AM
Marlin 1894 in either 38/357 or 44spl/mag.

An older one, pre 2009 and Bob's yer uncle.

As to reliability loading spl vs mag reliability...

That's a function of the carrier and is TOTALLY reliable if the carrier is within spec.

I had a worn carrier in my 44 and I was able to adjust it to feed spl's like butter with minimal effort.

Go to Marlinowners for more info.

BomarFab
06-04-2012, 10:05 AM
Good thread, my wife recently decided she wants a lever action. She has a .357 revolver so I am leaning towards that caliber so as not to add yet another one to my shopping list.

zfields
06-04-2012, 10:06 AM
Sure wish they made a side ejecting pistol caliber marlin.

ptgarcia
06-04-2012, 10:13 AM
Sure wish they made a side ejecting pistol caliber marlin.



They do:

Marlin 1894

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/images/zoom_1894_45colt.jpg


It may not show up in distributor lists but last I heard this gun has been revived.

zfields
06-04-2012, 10:16 AM
*edit* I'm meaning more like the 1895 style ejection set up.

ptgarcia
06-04-2012, 10:23 AM
*edit* I'm meaning more like the 1895 style ejection set up.


That is side eject with a square bolt. Sounds like you like the round bolt of the 336 and 1895.

r8dr rider
06-04-2012, 10:36 AM
Do they make lever actions in 30 carbine?

zfields
06-04-2012, 11:46 AM
That is side eject with a square bolt. Sounds like you like the round bolt of the 336 and 1895.

Yea my bad, should have clarified that.

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sikesr
06-04-2012, 5:15 PM
Go with the Marlin 336 in 30/30 or henry .22 they are the least expensive levers out there.

dust feeder
06-04-2012, 5:57 PM
Also if your careful and it has a 6 digit or less serial number you can buy Cash n carry. As it would be a C&R rifle.

I got a 1957 300 savage that way. 300 savage very nearly a 308. 250 savages command a higher premium I would love to own one.

My dad gave me an old model 99 in 250 savage that's a fantastic gun! Very very very accurate. However, might not be ideal for the OP b/c ammo definitely isn't as cheap as any of the hand gun rounds.

When you say 6 digit serial number is that including a letter at the beginign Mine has a 7 digits. 1 letter then 6 numbers. D09****. I'm assuming that menas it's newer???

hk91666
06-04-2012, 8:04 PM
My dad gave me an old model 99 in 250 savage that's a fantastic gun! Very very very accurate. However, might not be ideal for the OP b/c ammo definitely isn't as cheap as any of the hand gun rounds.

When you say 6 digit serial number is that including a letter at the beginign Mine has a 7 digits. 1 letter then 6 numbers. D09****. I'm assuming that menas it's newer???

Yeah 6digits with out a letter. Story I got was savage gave the 1 millionth model 99 to the. Nra museum in 1960. Mine is 6 digits no letter. I. Think yours is newer than 1960 any way. I reload my 300savage. Wish I had a 250-3000.

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