View Full Version : .357 Lever Gun for HD?

February 5, 2000, 05:59 PM
Your opinions please, on the usefulness of a Marlin carbine in that role. Regardless of which gunzine you read, the .357 seems to do well for defense, and has a flat trajectory. I believe that pistol calibers will have less chance for exiting the BG, vs..223/7.62. Will the velocity and recoil advantage of this format add up to more of a good thing? I'm referring BTW to outdoor, suburban type situations, not indoors.

Art Eatman
February 5, 2000, 06:03 PM
Well, if you work at developing a reasonable skill level--particularly on the emotional stress part of the deal--it oughta be as useful as any of the AK family.

And it's far more politically correct to be seen with.

:), Art

Dave McC
February 5, 2000, 08:02 PM
For most folks that don't shoot a lot, it's probably a better HD choice than the ubiquitous shotgun. And for those of us that do shoot a lot, still one viable option.
Most shooters should be effective out to 50 yards,ammo is inexpensive if you use reloads or 38s, recoil is negligible,and if you do have to touch it off inside, you may even have some hearing left,post incident.

But like ALL HD tools,practice is essential, and no weapon will make up for bad tactics, planning or massive amounts of muzzle whatever.