357/38 and .45 long Colt rifles

357/38 and .45 long Colt rifles

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    357/38 and .45 long Colt rifles

    Does anybody here have experience with either 357/38 special or long Colt rifles? Not looking for a self defense weapon, more of a plinker for 50 to 100 yard shots. May use for an occasional varmint. Looking for the good and bad and what you would recommend. Drawn toward the 38 due to ammo costs and the fact I have several .38s already.

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    Marlin 1894C 357 MAG / 38 SPEC Recommended.

    Marlin 1894? 45 Long COLT Recommended.

    Recommended too in 41 MAG and 44 MAG/44 SPEC.

    Recommended too Marlin 39A 22LR.

    check out the Marlin Forum.

    Yes, 38 Special is the lowest cost round to shoot except for 22 LR

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    I have a little Rossi lever gun in 38/357. Have had it for over 30 years and wouldnt consider getting rid of it. More than a few deer have fallen in front of it and it is a great little gun for short range varmints. If I cut a notch in the stock for each groundhog or raccoon it has taken there would be no wood left on the rifle.

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    I have a Winchester Model 94 357/38 and I love it. Almost no recoil with 38 and not bad at all with 357. Versatile plinker/hunter. 38's can be used to plink and shoot small rabbit sized animals and 357 for deer etc. I would go with that caliber. Both are readily available and fairly inexpensive. and if you reload you can use the same projectiles
    Glock 32 (357 sig)

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    PUMA M-92 .38/.357mag lever action. Has been a good shooter/hunter and dependable.

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    Thanks for the responses. I went to the toy store today for a little touchy feely. The only 38, 357s they had was 1 Winchester which are a little out of my price range. In Marlins (which they can't keep on the shelves) the standard one runs 479 and the cowboy is 200 more. Is the cowboy that much better? Other than another 1 1/2" of barrel what are you getting?

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    I have a 45 Colt Winchester for over 20 years now. It's the trapper model and it shoots nice.
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    MarlinOwners Forums - Index

    Marlin Firearms

    The above two web sites should provide the information you are seeking on Marlins.

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    Another option:

    Henry Repeating Arms

    Henry Rifles are 100% made in the USA. These are outstanding rifles from 22 LR to 44 MAG; lever, semi-auto, and bolt actions; kids and adults sizes

    Henry Repeating Arms Rifles
    44 MAG or 357 MAG or 45 LONG COLT


    From what I understand:
    Marlin - USA made
    Winchester - JAPAN made
    Rossi - South America made
    Puma - made by Rossi in South America

    Leverguns - An American Heritage
    another Forum on Lever Actions

    My two cents, Marlin or Henry is the way to go.

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    I have a Marlin Cowboy , 24" barrel , .38/.357, lever action. I love it. It's very accurate. I can nail it at 200 yds., but there is definite drop with the .38 at even 100 yds, but have it down how much to adjust the sights for it. So... past 50 yrds I'ld use the .357.

    I doubt the Cowboy shoots any better than any of the others. It's just the octogen barrel, looks, etc. that I like and always wanted one.

    I would love to have a Henry sitting next to it.

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