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    Recommend me a lever gun!

    I love my Marlin 336. Feels like it was meant to be in my hands. First rifle I shot was a lever gun in .45 Long Colt. Loved it and nostalgia plays no small part in this. I have a few small arms chambered in .38 Special, and .357, am getting into relaoding both, and as such want your recommendation for a .357 mag lever action rifle.

    I claim ignorance for many of the platforms and am looking for reasoned recommendations. As an example, I went with a Marlin vs Winchester 1894 due to ejection of shells and takedown ease. May get a Win eventually, but that is kind of how I sift through the options.

    So please, sell me on your fav or recommended .357 mag lever gun!
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    Jon, Im with you on this one. I, too, went with a marlin over a win, simply because of the ejection/scope mount issues.

    Actually, I went with a marlin under a glennfield brand sold by montgomery wards, lol. Wish I still had that gun.
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    If you want to use lead bullets, get the Winchester. And scopes don't belong on some guns, levers being one of them.
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    What's the issue with lead and Marlins? My 1894C does just fine with lead...

    And as for the OP's request--the reason I got the Marlin was because...well, I saw it and it was cheap.
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    Oh, so many choices and so little time/money...

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRhydr View Post
    Jon, Im with you on this one. I, too, went with a marlin over a win, simply because of the ejection/scope mount issues.

    Actually, I went with a marlin under a glennfield brand sold by montgomery wards, lol. Wish I still had that gun.
    Agreed!
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    Marlin makes levers in a .357 and it is a fine option for a lever gun and I know a lot of people put scopes on them.
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    I would not put a scope on a lever gun. I do not like the look, and if I can't get it done with Irons in lever calibers, I shouldn't be shooting that far, IMO.

    Looks like the options are really only the Marlin 1894, and Henry Big Boy.

    Then I see something like this: Marlin 1895GBL 45-70 GOVT Lever Action Guide Gun : Lever Action Rifles at GunBroker.com and think, .357? Ha!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuda66 View Post
    What's the issue with lead and Marlins? My 1894C does just fine with lead...

    And as for the OP's request--the reason I got the Marlin was because...well, I saw it and it was cheap.
    My 1894P shoots one hole groups with 240 swc's, but you have to push them slow or they " strip the bore".
    I think it's the shallow micro groove rifling.

    If you are going to use lead hand loads in a Marlin, buy the Guide gun, as it's made with Ballard cut barrels.
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    Rossi 92s have huge following and seem to have a much better price point. I own one in .357 16" stainless and love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    My 1894P shoots one hole groups with 240 swc's, but you have to push them slow or they " strip the bore".
    I think it's the shallow micro groove rifling.

    If you are going to use lead hand loads in a Marlin, buy the Guide gun, as it's made with Ballard cut barrels.
    Interesting.

    I've run some fairly warm 158 SWC's through mine, no problems that I've seen...

    I do think mine has conventional rifling, though, not the micro-groove.
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    As mentioned, the Marlin or Henry if you've got the money. The Rossi if you're pinching a few pennies. I like the octagon barrel, so I'd lean toward the Henry myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by glockman10mm View Post
    And scopes don't belong on some guns, levers being one of them.
    I used to think like this. Actually, I still kind of do think like this, but my eyes don't want to play along anymore, so I find I have more scopes than I ever thought I would.

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    +1 for the Henry. Shoots well and has a nice look and feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by F350_6 View Post
    As mentioned, the Marlin or Henry if you've got the money. The Rossi if you're pinching a few pennies. I like the octagon barrel, so I'd lean toward the Henry myself.



    I used to think like this. Actually, I still kind of do think like this, but my eyes don't want to play along anymore, so I find I have more scopes than I ever thought I would.
    Have you tried Apture sights? Front and rear sights have small holes that get centered around the target. That way you dont have to focus on the front sight and target. only the target. You look through them not at them if that makes more sense. They are about the only open sights I can use with out my glasses on. With glasses on I can see the sights but cant see the target! DR

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