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jp.cherokee
07-24-2007, 7:54 AM
Hi All,
Time to buy another gun for the safe :D. I have my OLLs, SU-16ca, Mosin, M1 Garand, 10:22s, and Walther G22. I want to go a little red-neck and get a Lever Action in either 44 mag, 45 or .357. I do not want to spend a bundle, say $500 to $600 range. Tell me your favorites. I heard Marlins are a good choice. Thanks, :confused:

simonov
07-24-2007, 8:03 AM
Favorite is Henry. My Golden Boy is the smoothest lever action I have ever felt, and the rifle is a work of art.

I'd like to get a Henry Big Boy in .44 Magnum one of these days, but I think it is outside your price range.

Nice thread topic, BTW. With all this talk about black rifles and stuff, we too often forget how much fun lever actions are.

rksimple
07-24-2007, 8:10 AM
My pops had an older Marlin in 357 that I would shoot the heck out of as a kid. We would load it with SWC .38's and it was a piece of cake to shoot, not to mention cheap using 2.7 gr of bullseye behind a cast bullet.

CA357
07-24-2007, 8:20 AM
I have two Marlin Lever guns. An 1894CS in .357 and an 1895 in .44-70 Government. That's kind of both ends of the spectrum in terms of recoil. They're both good, dependable, simple and stout rifles.
The Winchesters tend to be slimmer and their lever mechanism is different than the Marlin. I'd suggest you try and get some range time with both if you can. You can't go wrong with either one.

jp.cherokee
07-24-2007, 8:23 AM
Favorite is Henry. My Golden Boy is the smoothest lever action I have ever felt, and the rifle is a work of art.

I'd like to get a Henry Big Boy in .44 Magnum one of these days, but I think it is outside your price range.

I Googled the Henry Big Boy in .44Mag. Very Nice... What would the recoil be in a .44 mag lever gun? I have a S&W 629 6-inch which will get your attention, but with the weight of the rifle it should not be to bad, right?

http://www.gunshopfinder.com/Henry/henrybigboy44mag.asp

Budd
07-24-2007, 8:29 AM
I have the Marlin 1894 Cowboy Special in .357 as well. If you don't handload - this one rifle will make it worth while. I generally shoot 180gr Laser Cast bullets over 14.6gr of 'lil gun powder with win mag primers. Gives ballistics like the .30-.30 and is a great pig round. After a day of shooting I usually put a few Hornady 158gr XTP FP's through it to ease cleaning of lead.

I ended up swapping to a rear ghost ring sight - nice addition that is cheap. Everything just gets smoother the more you shoot it. You can also load "cat sneeze" loads - and my 5 year old daughter has shot it with those.:D

simonov
07-24-2007, 8:30 AM
I Googled the Henery Big Boy in .44Mag. Very Nice... What would the recoil be in a .44 mag lever gun? I have a S&W 629 6-inch which will get your attention, but with the weight of the rifle it should not be to bad, right?

http://www.gunshopfinder.com/Henry/henrybigboy44mag.asp

I don't think it could be that bad with a heavy rifle (and the Henrys are heavy), but remember the Big Boy will also shoot .44 Special, which has a very mild recoil.

If I had a Big Boy, I would mostly shoot .44 Special anyway.

gunsnrovers
07-24-2007, 8:41 AM
Had a Marlin in .357 which I foolishly sold many moons ago. Still have one in .45Colt. It's a hoot to shoot. Great companion for my .45Colt USFA Rodeo.

I prefer the Marlins to the Winchesters. The Italian replicas are nice, but I believe the Marlin will hold up better over time.

Sugarfoot47
07-24-2007, 12:11 PM
I have a Marlin 1894c in 357 magnum that was made before they installed cross-bolt safeties. Bought it new in the box seven years ago from an elder gentleman who bought it in 1981 and never even took it out of the plastic wrap. Since then I've only put 75 rounds through it and it has good accuracy combined with a good solid feel of a well built lever action rifle that Marlins are famous for. You can't go wrong with them.

boro62
07-24-2007, 12:23 PM
I was actually looking into lever guns too, im leaning towards a browning BLR 81.

Fjold
07-24-2007, 12:28 PM
I have two Marlin Lever guns. An 1894CS in .357 and an 1895 in .44-70 Government.

45.70

xenophobe
07-24-2007, 1:31 PM
I'd pick up a Winchester Trail's End in .357 or .44 mag. That's just me personally, though I dunno if you could even find one for under a grand right now.

DJDace
07-24-2007, 2:23 PM
I have a Marlin model 336 in 30-30 and it is a great gun. Lots of fun to shoot, relatively cheap to feed and it comes drilled and tapped for a scope mount and has sling attachment points.

I put a nice leather cobra sling on mine from Butler Creek and a Leupold scope mount and rings so I could put a scope on top it.

I hear Big-5 has Marlin's in .45LC available right now. If I didn't have a few other projects I was putting money into I would snatch one up right away as they only come around in that caliber once in awhile.

82A1CAL
07-24-2007, 4:48 PM
My vote will be for a .357 Mag. The other two caliber is too expensive and kick too hard for a all day alumium can shooter.:D

ETD1010
07-24-2007, 5:01 PM
I'm a fan of the .357 levers becuase you can save some change and shoot 38 specials out of it. . . also, the .357 is a nice gun in terms of kick, though the .44 isn't that much worse (if at all). I'm so torn between .357 and .44 I think I'm going to have to buy both. . .right now I only have a Winchester 1894 in .32 special, which is AWESOME, but it kind of packs a hard punch unless I load the rounds down a bit. . .

vega
07-24-2007, 9:51 PM
I got the last Marlin 1894CH 357 from Big 5, no store carry this anymore. It is fun to shoot and I have yet to find the right combo for my reloads. You can't even feel the recoil when shooting 38spl.

CA357
07-24-2007, 10:28 PM
45.70

oops.....typo.......45-70 :D

Hey, I'm a shooter, not a typist.:rolleyes:

BTW, my 1894 has a Williams peepsight and it works great.

Lashlarue
07-25-2007, 10:51 AM
My 1894s is spot on accurate up to 150yds, with warm 44mag ammo, 2150 fps with a 210gr jhp bullet.Recoil is reasonable, with 44 special it is almost non existant.Fun gun that has never given me a bit of trouble in the ten years I have owned it.http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v146/C5Sam/40319353.jpg

Prc329
07-25-2007, 10:55 AM
I had a Marlin 1894C in 357, then the BRD took hold. I have regretted it every day since. Great rifle. Fun to shoot at the steel pistol range.

DJDace
07-25-2007, 11:06 AM
I saw a really nice Marlin in .357 with an octagonal barrel at the Oak Tree Gun clubs store months and months ago. It was a shorter little rifle and very light. I almost fell in love with it right on the spot. Ever since I have been so tempted to buy one so that I could have a pistol caliber levergun.

I would prefer to get one in .45LC though to go with my 1873 Cattleman revolver, as I already have way to many calibers represented in my growing collection.

Cowboy guns were my 1st guns and I will always have at LEAST one lever rifle and one single action revolver in my collection. They are so much fun to shoot, you take your time loading and unloading them so you don't go through as much ammo, and because they are manually operated you really feel like you are shooting old school style.

ibbryn
07-25-2007, 2:39 PM
The Marlin 1894CS in 357 is very compact, accurate out to 100 yards, easy to shoot and holds 10 magnum rounds. I've toyed with the idea of mounting a light for a P.C. house rifle.

GunOwner
07-25-2007, 3:13 PM
We have to love lever guns right - the original assault rifle. I like the Winchester Model 94 in 30-30 but it's not a plinker (but it will sure work wonders on a wild pig) also a Rossi 45LC is fun to shoot.

DJDace
07-25-2007, 5:19 PM
We have to love lever guns right - the original assault rifle. I like the Winchester Model 94 in 30-30 but it's not a plinker (but it will sure work wonders on a wild pig) also a Rossi 45LC is fun to shoot.

I just recently purchased some Hornady LeverEvolution 30-30 ammo for my Marlin and WOW what a difference did it make! Even with my lousy scope only set to 6x power I was having no difficulty hitting everything I aimed at. Something about the combination of Hornady's quality and the ballistic tip bullet rather than the jacketed soft-point was a marked improvement in performance.

I had never expected that kind of accuracy out of my levergun. To say I was pleasantly surprised is an understatement. Everytime I take my cowboy guns out to shoot it helps me forget about the wait times for my black rifle parts :)

jeffrice6
07-26-2007, 8:17 AM
Marlin 1894 .44 Mag. Great fun shooting / blasting / plinkin. Very little recoil and can be hunted with inside 100 yards, and the .44 is easy and cheap to reload for. All I shoot are hardcast and she loves them.

eight8
07-26-2007, 10:41 AM
If you are looking for a good lever gun choose Marlin or Browning's winchester clones.

I have a Marlin 1894 cowboy in 45 Colt, Marlin 1889 in 38-40 and a Marlin 1936 in 30-30. My 30-30 is one of my most accurate guns. I would stay away from pistol caliber levers for hunting. 30-30 are plentiful and with the Hornady ammo are even more effective on deer size animals. You can't go wrong with a Marlin 1895 in 38-55 or 45/70. The 1895 action is very strong and can throw a big bullet very fast!

I have a Browning clone of a Winchester 1886 SRC carbine in 45/70. This is my favorite big bore lever - very solidly built and accurate.

My only objection to the Henry Big Boy is the tube mag loading. Seems very inconvenient when not loading from a bench.

Big 5 sells Marlins and Winchesters for under $500 - the Malin is the better gun.

jp.cherokee
08-08-2007, 4:37 PM
Big 5 has Marlins 1894s on sale for $379.00 right now. You can either get a .357, 44 Mag or 30-30 for that price. I do not hunt, and I want the best of show when I take it out, you know, let my friends try it and they say WOW, that's COOL ... I won't be shooting it all day, just maybe 30 to 50 rounds at a time. What caliber would you chose? :confused:

vega
08-08-2007, 10:32 PM
Big 5 has Marlins 1894s on sale for $379.00 right now. You can either get a .357, 44 Mag or 30-30 for that price. I do not hunt, and I want the best of show when I take it out, you know, let my friends try it and they say WOW, that's COOL ... I won't be shooting it all day, just maybe 30 to 50 rounds at a time. What caliber would you chose? :confused:
They have 357???
Big 5 now has 45LC, well here in my neck of the wood.

mark3lb
08-10-2007, 7:07 PM
Go with a Marlin 44 mag, lever action rifles. Very cool!

WINGEDSWORD
08-11-2007, 12:15 AM
If you live in the Los Angeles area, try Martin B. Retting, in culver City/ I was there a little while ago and they had several Marlins, in .44 Mag. and .45 Colt.
All between $350-$400. Marlins have stood the test of time. The Henrys, Still a new company. An old name, but not the same.

kilword
08-11-2007, 1:06 AM
marlin 1895 45-70

vega
08-12-2007, 9:22 PM
Big 5 now sells Puma brand in 44, 357 and 45.

http://big5sportinggoods.shoplocal.com/big5/default.aspx?action=browsepagedetail&storeid=2504078&rapid=438299&pagenumber=4&listingid=-2092909294&pretailerid=-98565&ref=%2fbig5%2fdefault.aspx%3faction%3dbrowsepagesi ngle%26storeid%3d2504078%26rapid%3d438299%26pagenu mber%3d4