View Full Version : A good lever gun?

PTR 91
May 26, 2007, 08:05 PM
O, my mind jumps from rifle to rifle. I'm stuck on lever guns now. The problum is I don't like any of the calibers that most lever actions come in. What do you guys think of the Henry in 357? I know of 30-30, I would probably use this rifle for deer and just fun shooting.

May 26, 2007, 08:28 PM
I recently bght the entry level Henry 001 and love it. Soooooo smooth and it looks good too. Check out this forum. http://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=67 :cool:

May 26, 2007, 08:30 PM
Everyone should own at least one!
Lots of nice choices... One of my absolute favorites is an octagon barrel Puma M92, case hardened finish, 38/357. Smooth and accurate. Tons of fun with reasonable ammo cost.

Can't go wrong with Marlins or some of the popular CAS lever actions....
Cimarron, Uberti, Taylor, etc...

May 26, 2007, 08:33 PM
357 unless you have pretty hot loads will seem pretty substandard to a deer at 75-100 yards, 30-30 very common and cheap too, killed more deer than 90% of all rifle calibers, definatly a good choice
You might want to look at older Winchester Big Bores, a bit more pricey but more knockdown
Also the BLR offers a huge variety of calibers, although they are drop mag, not your average levergun
If recoil is not a bother to you look at Marlin 1895's in 444 450 and the Great 45-70, these offer Gods plenty of power for shots taken in wooded areas under 175-200 yards

May 26, 2007, 09:15 PM
I had a Marlin 357 that I liked, the guy I bought it from used it as his deer brush gun.

May 26, 2007, 09:33 PM
I just got a Puma M92 in .454 Casull and while I haven't shot it yet I am very impressed with the over all quality and feel of it. I also would like a Marlin in .450. There are plenty of good calibers out there in lever guns: .35 Remington, .358 Winchester, .300 Savage, .375 Winchester, .45-70, .444 Marlin, .480 Ruger just to name a few. I would love to see the Puma in .500 S&W.

May 26, 2007, 09:38 PM
I've always wanted a Marlin lever gun but bought a Ruger No.1 in 45.70. It's a single shot lever gun that I'm still in love with. If I could find a good reason to buy a repeating lever action it would be a Marlin SS in .357. Outstanding short rifle that begs for me to buy one.

May 26, 2007, 09:48 PM
I've got a mint, pre-safety Model 94 Angle Eject in .30-30, that I picked up before Winchester prices went through the roof. Last time I shot it was two rounds at an old feed pail, at a measured 215 yards. The holes were about 4 1/2 apart, so I'm pretty happy with the way it shoots. Several years back I killed a nice forkhorn with a 94 in .30-30, about 20 yards further than that. The first round took him sqarely through the shoulder sockets and he dropped on the first step.

I have always loved the 94 and the 30 WCF cartridge. It's 'just enough' of everything that makes a great hunting rifle.

May 26, 2007, 09:56 PM
Marlin 336 in 35 Rem.

May 26, 2007, 11:16 PM
I've got a Marlin 1894C in .357 Magnum and with the right load (158-180gr JSP or hard-cast LFP), it would probably do OK on deer out to 100-150yds. As much as I like to plink with it, I think you'd be happier with a 336C in either .30-30 or .35 Remington. .35 ammo is a lot harder to find than .30-30 and quite a bit more expensive.

May 26, 2007, 11:34 PM
Winchester 94 in 30-30 - 26" octagonal barrel - 9 shot magazine.



Winchester 95 in 30-06 (High Grade) magazine holds 4 rounds.



And, just for real fun, Browning BL22 rimfire - shorts, longs, & long rifles.


Lever rifles are my favorite action despite being raised initially on bolt action. Arguably the fastest to get into action while carrying in condition 3 (I know Jeff Cooper could do it with bolt actions but, he was in a class by himself - he liked lever guns also for the same reason)


May 27, 2007, 12:02 AM
.357/.38 would be the best for economy and light recoil, great for plinking, and with the right bullets and straight shooting, should still take deer out to 150 yards (it has that much power at that range as a 6-inch revolver does at the muzzle).

The .44Magnum/Special costs more to shoot, but would still allow you to shoot Specials for light recoil, and hit with more authority to allow shots out to say 200 yards on deer.

Both handgun rounds can be chambered in leverguns with shorter throw actions, than the .30-30.

The .30-30 will be flatter shooting, and therefore easier to take deer with out to 200-225 yards or so.

Personally, I'd take the .357 as an economical all around fun and occasional deer gun, and the .44 for the same, with more flexibility on shots and somewhat higher operating cost.

They sell a lot of Marlin 1894s, and they can be slicked up by some knowledgeable smiths - this gentleman has a good name:

The Henrys will have a smoother action without an action job, but are heavier than the Marlins - maybe not a bad thing for hot .44 Magnum loads.

Condition Plaid
May 27, 2007, 01:34 AM
I love my Model 94's. I have three. One in .30-30, one in .44 mag, and one in .410 ga.

bottom rung
May 27, 2007, 04:49 PM
I have an 1894 Marlin in .41 Mag. It is very accurate. I have been able to out shoot guys with semi autos, with this gun. The ammo is expensive. That is the only drawback. I think the .357 would be an excellent choice in retrospect. I also think the 30-30 is an excellent option. Personally try out the .357 it is cheaper than anything else and still lets you know you have a gun in your hands. Plus, it will hold ten rounds. Hard to beat.

PTR 91
May 27, 2007, 06:55 PM
What do you guys think about the Marlin 1894? 44 would make a good 100 yard brush gun. I probably won't be shooting any deer over 100 yards, since the woods are so thick.

May 27, 2007, 07:26 PM
The Marlin 1894 is an excellent little rifle. More than accurate to make a deer gun and so on. Mine in .44 magnum and switched out the sights to some ghost rings, though there is various different sights you can stick on them that are better than the default ones. Apart from that well worth getting.

bottom rung
May 29, 2007, 08:53 PM
Marlin 1894? Go for it.

May 29, 2007, 08:56 PM
Earlier Rossi Puma in .357.

Thing is SOLID and accurate. Beautifully made. Has the saddle ring and all, too.

Quickdraw Limpsalot
May 30, 2007, 07:45 AM
I can't imagine going without my Marlin in .35 Remington. It's taken a lot of deer.

May 31, 2007, 01:04 AM
Marlin in 357 would get my Vote!

May 31, 2007, 01:06 AM
Don't knock the .30-30. Wonderful round. Low recoil, fast followups, and lighter than most.

May 31, 2007, 02:07 AM
I keep going back to that pic of the Winchester 1895. SWEET.

May 31, 2007, 11:00 AM
Yes, the Winchester a nice looking firearm!

May 31, 2007, 11:42 AM
I just bought my first lever gun two days ago PTR, and I must say its a fun gun. I bought the hennery lever action .22

I plan on buying a marlin in 45-70 once my wallet permits me