Preferred Rifle and Caliber for Lever Action?

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    Preferred Rifle and Caliber for Lever Action?

    Hey everybody!

    I've been wantin a Lever Action for quite some time now, and I've been drooling over 'em all over the web for a bit now. One thing that I'm not sure about is what caliber I should get it in. I see a lot of people come to the range with 30/30s, and not many of anything else. I've seen 45/70s, even .22s, and I've heard of .357s, but 30/30 seems to be more prominent, at least in respect to what I see at the range.

    What do you all prefer in your lever action? Is there a specific cartridge that out performs the others in a lever gun? Do you have one that you like more "just because"?

    Also, is there a specific brand and model you all like? One I've been lookin at a lot lately is the Marlin 336C. A guy brought one like it to the range last week and I loved it.

    Thanks for the input!
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    What's its purpose? Home defense or hunting??? For home defense I favor the .357/.38. More capacity in the tube, little recoil with quicker follow up shots. Plus it's a great sidekick to my revolver. They are rarer/more expensive than the 30-30.

    If huntings the game then go with the 30-30, bigger is better.
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    I have the Marlin 1894 in both .357 and .44. Both the JM proofed true Marlins. I much prefer the .357/38. I'm not a hunter, so this is a "just because." It's a great plinker, and shooting .38's out of it is like shooting a pop gun. A very lethal pop gun, mind you.

    For Rimfire I prefer the Henry H001. I have Marlin 39A's, Henry H001, a Henry Goldenboy, a Browning BL-22, and a Winchester 9422. For some reason the H001 makes me feel most like a kid again. Added bonus - it's the least expensive of all of them :)
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    Its immediate purpose is, well, FUN!

    Really it could serve as both HD and hunting if I wanted, but I have both HD and hunting covered with other guns.
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    For just pure fun, it's hard to beat a levergun in .22 S, L, and LR.
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    30-30...pricy, but fun to shoot!

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    Same as PEF, Henry Lever Action .22S/L/LR, shoots all three and inexpensive for a lever gun. I live on a small acerage and bought some 22 shorts to test behind the house in the woods, not much louder than a pump pellet gun. Loads of fun and affordable. Spent rounds eject out the side leaving room to mount a scope if you desire.
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    Like mentioned a 22 is hard to beat. But if you handload, a handgun cartridge is almost as hard to beat.
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    Well, for .22LR action I have a 10/22 that is loads of fun. I guess I should've mentioned that I specifically do NOT want a lever in .22. But I do love plinkin with my 10/22!
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    I have a Henry H001 in .22 s/l/lr and it is amazingly fun to plink with. Hadn't shot my semi-auto .22lr since buying the Henry, and actually just sold it a week or two back.

    If not .22, I think it would be a hard choice between a .357 or a 30-30.

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    Just for fun .22 for a good all around caliber thudy-thudy. YMMV
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    So far it's lookin like 30-30 or .357. Since those were the two I was mainly considering, I'd say I just need to make a decision now.

    Any other ideas about model?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pittypat21 View Post
    So far it's lookin like 30-30 or .357. Since those were the two I was mainly considering, I'd say I just need to make a decision now.

    Any other ideas about model?
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    I would go with one in 30-30 and a second in .357. My first choice would be .357, as you cant hunt deer with a high power rifle in Indiana, but you can use a rifle chambered for certain handgun cartridges
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    ...I found a clean, little used 1976 336...made the old way...love it...wouldn't have one with the crossbolt safety...nor the new ones...

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