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 ...
December 11th, 2011 06:01 PM
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.
December 13th, 2011 06:02 PM
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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December 13th, 2011 06:32 PM
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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December 17th, 2011 09:12 AM
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.
December 17th, 2011 12:42 PM
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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December 17th, 2011 04:15 PM
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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