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    Lever guns

    I hope this is the right place for this question. I looking at getting a lever action rifle in 357/38spl and was wondering what you guys thought was the best everyday shooter? I'm not wanting anything fancy just plain ole reliable and accurate.some I have looked at were rossi92 and the marlins any input would be greatly appreciated.

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    Go with an older Marlin...Black Missouri walnut...American steel...a slick action a gold bead front sight. Rugged yet Graceful...Marlin.

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    I have a Marlin in .357 and love it. One of the handiest rifles I own. I wouldn't hesitate to use it for HD, or deer hunting under 100 yards (if only rifles were legal here in Ohio).

    Well balanced, accurate, light recoil, whats not to love?
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    I have a Browning in 357. Great shooting gun.
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    I have two Marlin 1894's, one in .357 and the other in .44. They are true Marlins, not built by Remington.

    DO NOT buy a new production Marlin. Remington has had numerous QA problems. If you go with a Marlin, be sure there is a JM proof mark on the barrel, and shoot for a 2008 production or earlier.
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    I believe that the manufacturing change date was 2006...so I'd say 2007...or earlier, mine was a 2006. (I'm going to double check that...)
    http://www.homedefenseweapons.net/24...re-date-codes/

    I have a Marlin in 30-30, but one in .357 would be fine, too!
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    I faced the same question a while back. I was really hoping for a marlin, but heard terrible things about new production guns and didn't feel I knew enough to search for an older model (PEF just answered that for me). I ended up with a Rossi. I just got the parts to do some action work on it but I didn't have any issues with it last time I went shooting. I'm still on the lookout for a good marlin, but I'm happy with the Rossi.

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    I have a Marlin lever .357 and love it. I have a Henry lever .22 Magnum and it is buttery smooth.
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    Man alive! Thats a pretty weapon.

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    I have a Browning in 357. Great shooting gun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
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    I believe that the manufacturing change date was 2007...so 2007 or earlier, mine was a 2006. (I'm going to double check that...)
    Marlin 336 Year of Manufacture Date Codes

    I have a Marlin in 30-30, but one in .357 would be fine, too!
    Short response: Your are correct, earlier the better.

    Long answer: I believe the acquisition was announced in late 2007, and by mid 2008 the writing was on the wall. I've heard QA at Marlin started to fall off then, but the issues were minor compared to what happened when Remington took over. The last true Marlins were in the 2009 timeframe...anything after that is iffy. I've read that some barrels were JM proofed out of Conn. but assembled by Remington in 2010...
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    This came up a while ago with a discussion about the Marlin 336, I quickly double checked the dates on mine and saved the chart.
    Keep in mind that one may still find a new or nearly new Marlin in a LGS within the 2007 date...ya' never know.
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    My vote's for the Henry big boy, Very well made in the USA. and a straight shooter out of the box. Smooth as a baby's behind!!

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    Henry Big Boy is a fine rifle. It's a pleasure just to work the action it's so smooth. And a thing of beauty it is.
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    I rolled the dice and a Rossi 92 will be showing up under my tree this year. I forgot that Taurus bought them, and freaked out when it arrived with "Taurus" in big letters on the box. At least it isn't stamped on the rifle.

    Check back with me later next year for a range report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHEC724 View Post
    I rolled the dice and a Rossi 92 will be showing up under my tree this year. I forgot that Taurus bought them, and freaked out when it arrived with "Taurus" in big letters on the box. At least it isn't stamped on the rifle.

    Check back with me later next year for a range report.
    I look forward to that one.
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