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Old March 26, 2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Was thinking about a lever action but not sure of the caliber.

I am looking to see what people like and why. I know I could use a 30-30 for hunting or even a 44 magnum but I know so little about these guns and calibers. With the ammo shortages I am not sure about a pistol caliber, but then if I got one in a pistol caliber then I could stick up on a caliber that would be useful in a pistol and a rifle. Open to any thoughts and opinions. I know this is very broad but I am looking to be educated. Appreciate any input.
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Old March 26, 2013, 03:24 PM   #2
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Rossi m92

I like these and have 1 in 44 mag to go with my mod 29 s&w pistol. 38/357 mag is also good combo with pistol
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Old March 26, 2013, 03:40 PM   #3
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.30-30 or .35 remington would be better hunting options for you.

I like .35 remington, its not quite as popular as the .30-30 but both are plenty powerful enough to take whitetail deer, hogs, or black bear.

.44 magnum is probably going to produce less muzzle energy than either of them, but still plenty to take any game in Alabama.
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Old March 26, 2013, 03:58 PM   #4
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You have many choices in buying a lever gun. These little gems spit out everything from little .357 Magnum pistol rounds you won't know you fired to behemoth .45-70s that will rattle your fillings. There's also rifles with longer barrels available in high-power, flat-shooting rifle rounds like .243 and .308. Just think what you will use it for most often and go from there. I myself don't hunt with lever guns, I use bolt actions for that. I only have the levers because they are fun to shoot and to remind myself of how bad I shoot with open sights.
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Old March 26, 2013, 04:33 PM   #5
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Besides having taken more game than all the other chambering combined, the .30-30 is just about the most versatile of the classic levergun cartridges if you handload - not to mention that ammo can be found virtually everywhere in the US, if needs be (except NYC, most likely ).





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Old March 26, 2013, 05:08 PM   #6
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I hunt mostly with bolt actions so I like the levers in 38/357 because they are fun to shoot and I already reload a lot of that anyway.
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Old March 26, 2013, 05:09 PM   #7
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35 Remington is my choice for a lever action. My wife shoots one and loves it. More bang than a 30-30.

For a combination round that will shoot both, depends on what you are hunting and how far you are going to shoot. I think the 458 Casul is available in lever action assuming you can handle it in a pistol. Will take everything in Arkansas up to 150 yds pistol and probably 200 yes rifle.
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Old March 26, 2013, 08:06 PM   #8
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The 7-30 waters or 32 Winchester Special are intriguing, but does anyone make anything for it?

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Old March 27, 2013, 09:51 AM   #9
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Browning BLR in 450 Marlin - there's never an ammo shortage in that caliber.
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Old March 27, 2013, 10:01 AM   #10
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If you looking at more of a plinker with a little hunting thrown in the .357 gets the nod, the other way around the .30-30 gets the nod. The .44 isn't the plinker that the .357 is nor the hunter the .30-30 is so it's not even on the radar.
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Old March 27, 2013, 08:29 PM   #11
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Check out the Marlin 336 in either 30-30 or .35 Rem both make excellent hunting rifles with the .35 Rem producing just a little more thump. The 30-30 is definitely cheaper to shoot though with ammo prices being around $10/box cheaper than the .35 Rem around here. I love my .35 Rem but I'd like to add the 30-30 to the stable also. Might as well have both I guess but then I'll need to find a .32 Win Special too.

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Old March 29, 2013, 09:18 AM   #12
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I have 94 Winchesters in .30-.30, .357, and .44 rem mag. The pistol rounds are Trappers. I'd give up the .357 before the others, because I like the power. Hornady puts out outrageous power with their .44 FTX loads.
If you need a very soft shooter, go with the .357. Reload if you need economy, and the .357 is still cheaper than the others.
Right now the big deal is that you can find ammo for these chamberings!
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Old March 29, 2013, 10:22 AM   #13
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I have 94 Winchesters in .30-.30, .357, and .44 rem mag.
94 Winchesters! I think you won. Unless somebody can claim a higher number.
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Old March 30, 2013, 07:43 AM   #14
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44 MAG is very lethal out to approx 125 yards or so from a carbine. But 30-30 easliy doubles this yardage. Both have about the same recoil.

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Old March 30, 2013, 10:35 AM   #15
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I like the idea of same caliber pistol and carbine. Of course, you must keep the loads within the revolver's tolerance and this detracts from the carbine's performance.

BTW, I also love the Marlin in 45-70. I was shooting one two days ago and it was a nice, soft push. Oh joy!
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Old March 31, 2013, 08:48 PM   #16
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I love the Marlin .45-70. Like you said, it pushes hard, but it does not hurt.
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Old April 2, 2013, 02:03 PM   #17
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I have several leverguns and enjoy them all but it is hard to find a "do it all" gun. If hunting is primary I like the 30/30 in a traditional levergun like the Winchester 94 or .308 in the Browning BLR. Both are a little strong for plinking.

For defensive use I like the .357, especially if it will handle .38 specials. The .44 mag/special is a great caliber too, and comes as close as any for a "do it all gun" for close in hunting (magnum loads) and defensive use with .44 specials. Both of these work well with matching handguns in the same calibers.

My personal favorite is an 1873 Winchester in .45 Colt matched up with a SAA. If you are looking for a levergun just for fun, don't forget about the little .22. Not great for defensive use or hunting of anything bigger than pests but everyone should have a .22.

All of these suggestions mean nothing if you can't find ammo. Perhaps you should make your decision based on ammo availability in your area.
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Old April 2, 2013, 03:54 PM   #18
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The .30-.30 has much less perceived recoil than the .44 rem mag, which to me was a little surprising. The .44 mag actually does out do the .30-.30 in retained energy past 100 yards. I bought the .44 trapper as just a fun gun, but I'd take it bear hunting without feeling naked. Those heavy Hornady FTX loads have my kind of insanity. They must feel like a .454 Casull in a SRH.
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Old April 2, 2013, 06:38 PM   #19
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Word of warning....buying lever actions can become very addicting ! If I had to settle on just one , I'd really consider a 30-30.....there is popular factory ammunition offered from 125 grain to 190 grain bullet weight ( some with premium hunting bullets) for this cartridge !
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Old April 5, 2013, 11:03 AM   #20
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I have several levers, Winchester, Marlin and Rossi. I enjoy shooting all of them and hunting with them. I have .22, 30-30, .35 Rem, 308 .41 Mag and .44 Mags. All get shot and are lots of fun.
Pick one for what you need and enjoy.
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Old April 5, 2013, 11:13 AM   #21
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I have a Marlin 336w that I thoroughly enjoy shooting! With the 150gr bullets I can shoot almost all day long, until the sharper edges of the stock start hammering my shoulder. Planning on getting a recoil pad eventually to increase the length of pull and help soften the edges.

Problem now is finding ammo as I dont have my reloading kit yet, and NONE of the local stores have any.

Good gun, I look forward to taking some deer with it this fall...
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Old April 5, 2013, 11:19 AM   #22
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+ 1 for the .30-.30
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Old April 5, 2013, 01:48 PM   #23
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If you don't reload, I'd say a 30/30. If you do reload, I'd say a 45/70 no question. The 45/70 is soo easy to load for and a lot less finiky than bottleneck cartridges.

The 45/70 does not hurt to shoot if you know how to mount a rifle properly. That is, until you get above useful velocities into ego range.
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Old April 5, 2013, 05:31 PM   #24
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Can you shoot 45 Colt rounds in a lever action that fires 45/70? Please excuse my my ignorance.
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Old April 6, 2013, 07:53 AM   #25
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45 colt shoots a .452 inch projectile. 45-70 shoots a .458. They are totally different. Different pressure parameters as well as the one being a pistol round, and the other a rifle.

The same goes for a 44 mag and a 444 Marlin. Totally different.

As to which gun to get, I'm very partial to Marlin, but have representatives of virtually every lever. The BLR is likable, but not really thought of as a plinker. Its the one with conventional rifle rounds.

The Marlins for the most part get the nod from me in that they are easily scoped, handle the popular lever calibers (357, 44, 45, 30-30, 35Rem, 375, 444, 45-70, 450 Marlin), and now the longer range 308MX and 338MX.

My go to fun guns are in 30-30, but there are many who will start with a 357 or 44. I have all of them, and still prefer the 30-30. With the new Leverevolution ammo, its fairly easy to shoot steel plates up to 400 yards or so.
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