.44 Mag Carbine for Home SD?

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    .44 Mag Carbine for Home SD?

    There are a lot of threads concerning different carbines that would have a SHTF and home SD applications.

    I've long considered a Marlin 1894SS 44 mag lever action for hunting. It would serve me about the same as a 30/30 lever action at 100 yards. Would use the same ammo as a revolver.

    In a SHTF situation, 10 + 1 rounds is a solid capacity, I could reload 44 mag up at the family homestead, and in general .44 mag would be easy to come by (many people reload this round). You could also use .44 Spls. Again, would use the same ammo as a revolver (so you would not need to carry multiple types of ammo).

    Maybe not as effective as a 30 + capacity AK or AR. However, 30+ rounds is a real SHTF situation. Plus, if you use the Marlin in SD, it might not have as much prejudice as it is clearly a hunting gun vs an "assault weapon." More penetration than a shotgun (that could be a bad thing). However, I've been thinking, I might place it near or a peg higher then a hand gun (9mm, .40 S&W, .45 ACP) carbine (and many people swear by those).

    So how about as a home SD rifle. Thoughts?
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    nothin' wrong with your thinkin'...my 30-30 was my go to gun until I got my AR-15.

    still is if the wife is around (she likes my AR a little too much...nothin' wrong with that though)

    only detracting point would be speed of reload.
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    I'M trying to find a .41 mag lever to pair with my mod 57. They will get thier attention, and it is my "deer" rifle, not an assault weapon.
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    Not an Assault weapon.

    Not an assault weapon. Well said.

    Probably the last thing to be restricted. You can probably go out and buy one today for a reasonable price with no price gouging and it will be legal as long as any other gun. If you know how to run it, it works fine for defense.

    I'd use Silvertips or Cor Bon 165gr in it rather than handloads for SD, but that's just me.

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    I have used a Winchester 30-30 for home defence since I was 16. Winchester came out with a leveraction in 44Mag, I bought one to use in place of the 30-30 because I had a 44 Mag pistol, also the 44Mag was a model 92 and is more compact then the model 94.

    After Winchester stopped making leveractions, I decided that since I hadn't fired my new rifle I never would. I went out and bought a Marlin 1894 in 44Mag to use instead. They are about the same size.

    About reloading the rifle, I can keep topping off the magazine any time I want.
    You can't do that with an AR, an AK, an SKS, or any other Semi auto. I find that a plus.

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    I've been looking at the Henry Big Boy (44 mag) for a fireplace hanger plus SD rifle. Should work just fine and partnered up with a 44 mag handgun would make for a fearsome pairing for sure. Still trying to get the wife to agree to hanging a gun over the fireplace and then I'm off and running.
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    Two suggestions: get it cut to 16", and get a stainless mag tube with stainless spring, high-polish SS follower and +P spring. See if you can get a chamfer and polish on the loading gate and port as well.

    Great gun. You want it to cycle like greased glass plates, and load about as easily.

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    I always thought the Ruger Deerfield carbine would be a sweet little home defender.
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    I am switching my SHTF gun to a Marlin 336SS (30-30) and stocking up on extra ammo...lots!
    The ammo is a little more than the .223, but it's an effective bullet for my needs...I can hit anything in MY yard.

    The 44mag stuff won't be cheap, but the same ammo for both your rifle and pistol could be a winner!

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    I don't see anything wrong with the .44 mag lever gun as SD choice. I like the idea of loading it with .44 spc. It would still pack a punch, but not shoot thru your intended target, the walls of your home, and maybe your neighbors as well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by carver View Post
    I don't see anything wrong with the .44 mag lever gun as SD choice. I like the idea of loading it with .44 spc. It would still pack a punch, but not shoot thru your intended target, the walls of your home, and maybe your neighbors as well!
    Good idea. However, I have hear some state (at least marlins) sometimes they develop problems cycling (two of the 44 Spl rounds try and make it up & you get a jam). But I like your thinking, and will give it a try at the range.
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    A .357 Marlin is close to the top of my list for most of the reasons you mentioned, also considering I have 2 revolvers in .357 as well. It is a handy and versatile things, and I tend to love how lever actions feel.

    But really, pistol caliber high capacity lever actions filler the roll that assault weapons now fill when they were king. And they can still do the job well.
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    I went to a shop today (Michi-Gun) and was told it will take a while to get a 44 Mag Marlin...and that it has been a good seller lately...hmm...here I though the rush was just shotguns, ar-15 / ak-47, and pistols...

    I'm going to check a few more shops...
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    My Dad is into cowboy action shooting and about 6 years ago, bought a Winchester 94 Trapper model in 45LC. The thing is SUPER accurate at 50+ yrds!!! Fortunately, (for me), it only holds 9 rounds and for the action shooting he needs 10, so he got the next model up with a slightly longer barrel and holds the 10 rounds he needs. Amazingly it is not as accurate as the Trapper.

    The Trapper model has since found a happy home with me stoked with 45LC DPX loads!!! Awesome freakin weapon for home defense, but ammo is little steep, but what ain't right now???
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    I'm not sure of the model (I think a 1894P)...44 mag carbine 16 inch marlin used for $325 at a local gun shop. Tempting.
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