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Old March 14, 2013, 09:17 AM   #5
PetahW
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It depends upon your "druthers".


The Henry Big Boy is often referred to as the FatBoy, due to it's excess (to some) weight - YMMV, here. The brassie receiver also gives it's fair share of "bling". .

If you intend to, or have to, scope the rifle - it's hard to go wrong with a Marlin 1894 - solid-top receiver, side-ejection, also peepable.

"Puma" is a copyrighted name owned by a US importer of foreign-made firearms - Legacy Sports International (LSI).
LSI once contracted with Rossi (South America) to make "Puma" Model 92's, beside all the other Rossi M92's; and currently has contracted with an Italian company (Chiappa, IIRC) to use the "Puma" name on several models.

Regardless, all Model 1892/92 Winchester-type leverguns since WWII have been made in either South America, Spain, Italy, or Japan (Browning & the new "Winchesters").

The Rossi's are the least expensive (new), followed by new Marlin's.
The Rossi's sometimes require a little personal attention to make them very nice - but I've owned two that were flawless out of the box.

The Italian Puma's cost approx 2x more than the Rossi's, but are finished fancier.

The most expensive .357 M92's would be the current "Winchester", made by Miroku in Japan - but also unquestionably the best-finished of the bunch.

There were also long-action .357 leverguns, adapted from .30-30 Model 94's, made by Winchester in CT, before production stopped in 2006, that can occassionally be found on the used-gun market.

They are almost all top-ejecting rifles, not easily scopeable - unless a Winchester M94AE (Angle-Eject) can be had in .357.



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