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Self-Defense Rifle?

This is a discussion on Self-Defense Rifle? within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I have Marlin 44 mag rifle & Ruger Redhawk 44 mag pistol,,,, mostly for deer hunting when I purchased both. Do also have Marlin 336 ...

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    I have Marlin 44 mag rifle & Ruger Redhawk 44 mag pistol,,,, mostly
    for deer hunting when I purchased both. Do also have Marlin 336 30/30.
    Savage 356 win lever action gun. I just like the lever action guns.
    Need a 357 mag rifle to go with my 357 pistols, too.

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    I would have to opt for the .44. A Marlin 1894 in .44 mag is light, short and carries a 10 round magazine. Knock down power out of that is awesome and you can shoot .44 specials to boot. Another plus is loading the .44s with shot and you basically have a .410 short. A lot of versatility and it makes a great deer gun, especially with Hornady's new leverevolution ammo.
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    I'd be equally fine with any .357 Magnum or .44 Magnum lever-action rifle but it would have to be built on the Winchester Model 92 design only. Super-strong and dependable John Browning design that's much slicker in operation than anything he designed later or any other competitive lever-action design. Any modern 92 reissue, replica, or clone would do.
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    I'd run the .357 myself for two reasons, 1. I have revolvers that are chambered in such and 2. I'd put it on par with the 30-30 out of a carbine. Then again my .357s are typically set up for hunting using slow burning powder for anything over a 6 inch barrel.
    .308s are usually my go to rifles for any given situation though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjones View Post
    If you were going to buy a lever action strictly for self defense would a 16 to 18 inch barrel be better than a full length barrel?also which caliber? 30-30,44 mag or .357? Thanks.
    If it were strickly for SD, I like the 16" "trapper" configuration, they are a little handier than even the "handy" 20" carbine (and they are not a handicap ballistically). I have "trapper" models, carbine models and rifle models, my favorite "packin" levergun it a Winchester trapper in .45 Colt. Any of those you mentioned would do you well.
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    I have a Marlin trapper and Marlin Youth gun both in 30-30.
    Good luck finding a new rifle with a 16" barrel in .357 if that's what you decide.

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