Lever Action Rifle

Lever Action Rifle

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    Lever Action Rifle

    Ok, I don't know where else to post this on these forums, and sense I frequent them more than others I wanted some input from the community here.

    I am looking for a lever action rifle - this is mostly to plink with really. I just have always loved the heritage that went with these rifles.

    So what caliber, model, maker should I consider?


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    Marlin 30-30. Made is U.S.A, ammo is cheap, cant beat it imo.

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    If its to be a plinker, you cant go wrong with a Henry .22.
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    For a true plinker a .22 like the aforementioned Henry will do just fine. They can be found for like $200-250, and ammo is really cheap.

    .30-30's, like the Marlin 336 are a step up in power and not too much more expensive, and ammo for them is readily available and not too expensive. They are a handy versatile rifle.

    Also to consider but generally more expensive is a lever action in a pistol cartidge like .357 or .45LC, if you were thinking about using the rifle for home defense this would be your best option. There are a variety of manufacturers of these that mostly market to the SASS type crowd. Also somethin to consider if you like to consolidate into as few calibers as possible and already have revolvers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyePFC View Post
    Also somethin to consider if you like to consolidate into as few calibers as possible and already have revolvers.
    Exactly. This is one of the main reasons that Colt chambered the Single Action Army/Peacemaker for the .44-40 cartridge--because Winchester chambered that cartridge in the Model 1873. Thus, westerners had two firearms for one load.

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    I have Winchester model 94 in a .357 mag cartridge is great for plinking.
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    I like to plink with my .444 Marlin.
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    I have various leveractions. If you have a .357 mag revolver go with a marlin .357, then you have a great HD combo. If you reloade then you can reload for both at the same time. The BLR 22 (Browning) is a great gun for plinking, you gan get in 22lr and 22WMR. The Winchester leveractions are good but the prices on some have gone through the roof. If you can find a Savage leveraction in 30-30 that would be good also. Marlin Leveractions run between $300 and $500 depending on the model.

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    Henry H001 or H001Y (youth just a shorter stock) 22 LR
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    Marlin 39A 22 LR

    Marlin 336 30-30

    Marlin 1894 357 MAG (also shoots 38 Special)

    Marlin 1894 44 MAG (also shoots 44 Special)
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    Marlin 1894 45 Long Colt
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    Marlin 1894 41 MAG

    Marlin 1859 45-70

    Buy Factory and/or Reload

    Buy all the above or what you want / need

    For everyone 22 LR and 30-30

    For backwoods except for the Northen Rockies and Alaska 41 MAG, 44 MAG or 45 Long Colt

    For Northern Rockies and Alaska 45-70

    Note: Northern Rockies and Alaska = Grizzly and other Big Brute Bears

    Cannot go wrong with a Marlin

    Always take along sidearm 357 MAG, 44 MAG, 45 Long Colt or 41 MAG anytime in the backwoods or anywhere - rifle should be the same caliber except for the 45-70, 30-30, and 22 LR

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    Marlin 1894 Lever action in a 44 mag ;)
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    everybody needs a model 94
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    My lever action experience has been limited to Marlin 336's, but I have been tremendously satisfied with every one that I have owned (3 IIRC). They're very solid rifles....

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    Well I already have my home defense carbine (S&W M&P 15 Tactical with a red dot scope). This would be more of a brush / trail gun at most and at least a range fun firearm. I haven't found out the laws regulating long arms yet, which is what my other post was about, and will probably decide on this one.

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    Depends really on what caliber you want to go with. A Marlin 336 in 30-30 is a great choice as is the Henry in 22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SIXTO View Post
    If its to be a plinker, you cant go wrong with a Henry .22.
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