45 lc lever

This is a discussion on 45 lc lever within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the 45lc in a lever action rifle. usefulness for defense, hunting, and just plain old fun. also thoughts ...

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    45 lc lever

    just wondering what everyone's thoughts were on the 45lc in a lever action rifle. usefulness for defense, hunting, and just plain old fun. also thoughts on anything similar or better that is a relative recoil pussycat. alright lets hear it!!!!

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    I have a 44 mag lever gun, for any of the above mentioned activities. I see nothing wrong with one in 45 LC.

    My reasoning was to match a pistol in the same caliber. Do you have a 45 LC pistol. If not, do you have a .357 pistol. I would look at trying to match up to a pistol at some point, but that is just me.
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    no actually i own no revolvers at all. i know it sounds odd.....lol. just looking for a fun all purpose lever gun.

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    I love lever-action rifles. To have one that shares pistol ammo makes a lot of sense. This might be the year I pick up a .357.

    'Like farronwolf said, I already have the ammo stockpiled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by palmgopher View Post
    no actually i own no revolvers at all. i know it sounds odd.....lol. just looking for a fun all purpose lever gun.
    Then I'd definitely go .357. You can plink with 38 spl and save a lot of money in ammo.
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    What does the 357 offer over the 45 lc in defense and hunting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by palmgopher View Post
    What does the 357 offer over the 45 lc in defense and hunting?
    Nothing. If that's what you want, go get it.
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    I love the 45LC but if you do not reload it is pricey to shoot. That being said a rifle in 44Mag or 357 Mag would be much more versatile since you also have the option of using the 38 or 44 special loadings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msgt/ret View Post
    I love the 45LC but if you do not reload it is pricey to shoot. That being said a rifle in 44Mag or 357 Mag would be much more versatile since you also have the option of using the 38 or 44 special loadings.
    That pretty much says it all. The higher velocity of the .357 and .44 mags also gives a flatter trajectory then the .45 LC, which may be of interest if you're looking to hit things reliably much past 100 yards or so.
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    I have Ruger Redhawk along with a Marlin lever action 44 mag
    also,,,, I love them both,,,, 45LC would be good

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    I have the Marlin 1894 Cowboy in .45LC, and it matches up perfectly with my two Armi San Marco pinch frame .45LC revolvers. Rifle is a tack driver out to 100yds, haven't shot it much beyond that.

    Some guys use the .357 with .38 loads in Cowboy shooting and they often won't register on the timers.

    Yes, it can be expensive, but then that's why I reload.
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    If your looking for plinking,the 22 lr lever guns are a hoot,Henry makes one that sells around 250.00
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    do you re-load?
    are you interested in Cowboy Action Shooting?
    do you have a revolver already?--no.....so, if you were to get one (or two) what caliber do you think you might want?
    do you hunt?...if you had a rifle, might you?

    no hunt, no re-load---get the marlin 357. cause its a great rifle; though expect to pay MSRP if you can locate one.
    plink with 38's and learn to clean the chamber regularly so the 357's will fit without fuss.
    great house gun also in the carbine length.

    44 or 45 only if you have deep pockets or are planning to re-load.
    as an aside, for me...the 44mag has at least as much kick as a 30-30.

    if your eye's need help...the Marlin mounts glass easy, puma, not so easy. winchester needs drilling.
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    It all depends on what you intend to use it for.
    I have 30-30, 357, and 45lc. Each has its place in my arsenal. All three would do fine in an HD role.

    For just plane fun the 357 is cheaper to shoot (with 38sp's) and doesn't beat you up and can be loaded with heavy hunting loads for deer sized game out to 50-75yds or so.
    The 45lc is more expensive to shoot, but has more versatility for hunting, from rabbits to bear (with the right handloads).
    The 30-30 is really an all-round rifle. I've used it for everything from varmints (with 55grn and 110grn loads) to deer (150-170grn) and black bear. Speer has a 100grn "plinker" and I also have a 110grn cast that I load for small game and just fun.
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    well i dont do cowboy action shooting. i am looking for something fun to shoot but enough thump to hunt with or defend house and family with from both 4 legged and 2 legged predators alike! dont own a revolver so that isnt a consideration. also i dont currently reload but do have the set up to do it with the exception of the materials and dies. i guess i was looking for peoples opinion of the 45lc and its efficiency as well as usefulness. i've looked at the 44mag but i also want something that is going to be mild in recoil as well as muzzle blast. dont want to scare the crap out of the wife....lmao. also which do you all prefer the marlin, if you can find one, or the rossi's? how much difference in recoil is there between the round barrel and octagon barrel?

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