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October 10, 2008, 08:48 PM
I want a lever action rifle and a matching caliber revolver.
What caliber would be the best for round cost?
This would be for plinking and targets.

I was thinking the 44? 1894 Marlin and a Ruger>?
I don’t reload

October 10, 2008, 08:53 PM
awesome idea whether you reload or not. thats my plan this way when SHTF i only have to carry 20 different types of ammo instead of 21:p:p
but seriously any .44mag ,.357mag, 45acp, 40s&w, 9mm in pistol and rifle(carbine) will make an awesome pair, for the ready to go bag, concealed carry(pistol on you, rifle in the vehicle) etc

My name here______
October 10, 2008, 08:54 PM
.38 and .357 then you have 2 cals. and 2 guns which makes 4 diffrent guns

Tom Servo
October 10, 2008, 09:03 PM
.38 and .357 then you have 2 cals. and 2 guns which makes 4 diffrent guns
...and if you reload, just ONE type of bullet. Brass is easy to find for both.

That, and if you have to scrape, most rural hardware stores have at least a few boxes of .38 laying around.

My home defense setup entails a S&W 66 on the nightstand, followed up with a Marlin 1894, both in .357.

October 10, 2008, 09:21 PM
45 Colt, or any magnum: 357, 41, 44.

.45 Colt has a lot of flexibility, mild loads or ones just under 454 Casull.

.44 Special/ .44 Mag.

.41 mag, I can load these down to a "Special"

Haven't seen any 30-30 revolvers.

BFR comes in .45-70.

October 10, 2008, 09:48 PM
I've been planning on doing the same thing. I want .357's.
Am saving for the revolver now.


October 10, 2008, 10:03 PM
The cheapest commercial ammo will be in .38/.357 by far. I suspect because of cowboy Action Shooting that .45LC would be nnext cheapest. I can guarantee that .44 Special/magnum will be shockingly expensive. It was for me so I started reloading 20 years ago. I can't imagine shooting .44 without reloading.

.357 will be cheap and boat loads of fun. If not for defense then you could get the Ruger Vaquero or Blackhawk (or any of the imported SAA clones like Uberti), or else get a 4" -6" GP100, or Smith 686.

Bud Helms
October 11, 2008, 12:14 AM
"... best for round cost? This would be for plinking and targets."

.22 LR

October 11, 2008, 12:35 AM
Lots of nice lever rifles and revolvers/semi autos in 22 LR.

October 11, 2008, 01:12 AM
.45 Colt may not be the cheapest but damn is it fun to shoot (specially if you reload)
I have a Puma 92 chambered in .45 Colt and a Ruger Blackhawk convertible (.45 Colt/acp) for me this is the ultimate combo.

chris in va
October 11, 2008, 01:40 AM
.22. Henry lever action and S&W revolver. Hey, you didn't say centerfire!

October 11, 2008, 04:04 AM
Probably about the most expensive commercial round to shoot but the 44-40 is a heckuva lot of fun. It's also historically accurate for rifles and pistols both.

October 11, 2008, 09:40 AM
Ahh yes the 357 mag..... now that may work.
I have 22's. I just wanted something with a bit more punch.

October 11, 2008, 11:57 AM
If you get a covertible you can shoot 9mm, .38 and .357, that would open your combo options a little.

October 11, 2008, 12:09 PM
i have a win 92 in 38-40 and a colt single action in the same calibure and load a 180 rnfp lead bullet for both, it,s a fun combo. eastbank.

October 11, 2008, 01:42 PM
I want a lever action rifle and a matching caliber revolver.

I always thought this was a cool concept so I currently have that combo in:

.45 colt

I still think that someday I will have to cover 32 H&R and .41 mag.

October 11, 2008, 02:05 PM
I have a Puma M-92 .38/.357 and a Ruger GP-100 .38/.357 I can hunt small game, deer and black bear with the proper loads and can take care of two legged varmints also.

October 11, 2008, 04:18 PM
Well, in effect, it seems that you will actually sort of have two pistols. One will be kind of long and funny looking tho.

October 11, 2008, 07:16 PM
I have a 66 and a Marlin also. Great pair. Not that I ever use them together. If you can find an older Marlin without the button safety, so much the better, but I suppose it doesn't hurt anything but feelings. Mine will shoot the heavier bullets into nice groups at 100 yards if you take care- the front bead and elevator rear sights are kinda crude but are much better for say, 50 yards and under shooting. But once sighted in, I think you could hit a rabbit at 100 yards with careful aim alright. I would prefer a blade front sight and either a square notch flat top rear or peep sight. But I don't like the newer receiver peeps that are aluminum so much- one knock and they are out of alignment or ruined. I would look for old stock steel sights or modern steel sights. I would not put a scope on it unless I was going blind as a last chance. The .357 loaded hot in the Marlin can approach 30 30 MV. And hold 9 instead of 6

October 11, 2008, 08:50 PM
I'm currently working on my 45-70 pair. Marlin guide gun and BFR revolver.


October 12, 2008, 12:15 AM
Haven't seen any 30-30 revolvers.

BFR comes in .45-70.

Found this today:

October 12, 2008, 06:54 AM
I have them in 22lr (of course) 38/357, 9mm and 45 acp (semi-auto), even 30 cal carbine (semiauto rifle, revolver pistol) For what you ask, I'd go with either 357/38 or 45 long colt. In my opinion 357 is fun to shoot out of a rifle but not as much fun out of most pistols... I've never shot 45 lc out of a rifle but it sure is fun out of a revolver.

then again you might want to consider that 38s are a little less expensive than 45lc.

October 12, 2008, 08:04 AM
Wow I see i am not the only who has thought of this.
Nice info you guys have posted.
Not to knock any of the combos you guys state you have I want one where the 2 guns kinda look alike.

Thats whay I am thinking theses 2.



October 12, 2008, 10:11 AM
I like the idea as well, which is why I have a 4" 686+ coupled with a Marlin 1894CB chambered in .357 magnum. The Smith and Wesson is my pride and joy, and the Marlin is a sweet shooter that would make an excellent survival and defense rifle in my opinion.

I do sort of wish I had purchsed a 586+ instead if only for the reason that it would better match the Marlin.

October 12, 2008, 03:09 PM
I have a Win 94AE 24" bbl and a Taurus Raging Bull in 44 Mag that make for a great hunting duo,and also have a Uberti 1873 24"bbl and a Ruger Vaquero & Bisley in 45 colt. Both calibers are fun to hunt or just targets shoot with.

October 13, 2008, 06:32 AM
you know you can still buy one... there is no rule...

I have to say lever actions / revolvers are fun and cool and don't tend to send people running in fear as much as semiauto rifle and pistols.

But then, just to be contrary.. here is one of my favorite combos:


9mm all the way....

then again for 45acp fans:


October 22, 2008, 09:59 PM
2 new ones I got yesterday

Ruger Super Blackhawk .44Mag - 5 1/2" - Blued
Marlin 1894 COWBOY 44 MAG

Not anything special but they are new and are both 44mags.
I’ve wanted a same caliber combo in a lever and revolver for a long time and finally broke down and bought them.

Ill go fire them this weekend and post a range report.

Now to find a good price on 44 ammo.


October 22, 2008, 10:03 PM
Makes no sense at all,but I've wanted one of those Marlin carbines in centerfire forever.


I cannot stand to see a scope on those guns.

It being a 44 magnum that I could pair with a Smith 44mag , a Redhawk or a Dan Wesson would just seal the deal.

Nice gun kits.

October 25, 2008, 12:05 PM
My 'combo' is similar a 44 mag Ruger Vaquero 7.5 and a Marlin 1984 CB limited. Sure ammo is spendy and the 44 drops like a rainbow past 120 yards but the fun factor is pretty high. Still, I bought the CB/octagon model for its looks over its practicality. Most folks would prefer sling swivels and an adjustable rear sight (and a standard 1894 is $200 cheaper) the 44 Vaquero has been discontinued.. maybe I'm just turning old fashioned in my old age.

Let us know how they shoot!

October 25, 2008, 12:14 PM
I have a Marlin 1894SS in .44mag paired with a S&W 629 5". I would also like to get a Stainless 1894C in .357 to go with my S&W 686 4".

October 25, 2008, 01:08 PM

By now, you should be getting the idea that there are many different ways to get a rifle/pistol combo. For the question you posed, the .22LR is far and away the winner for a low cost plinker and target shooting combo.

In centerfire, I think the .38/.357 caliber guns will probably suit you best. The loaded ammo is cheaper and if you reload, the bullets are cheaper too.

For me, it was lust at first sight when I found Marlin had re-offered a lever gun in .41 Magnum. The 1894FG is actually pleasant to shoot (compared to a wheelgun) and can reach out to 150 yards easier than I can see that far.

Marlin 1894FG and S&W Model 57

October 25, 2008, 03:17 PM
Thanks for your info and views. I do agree with you but I did go BIG.

As I posted I got
Ruger Super Blackhawk .44Mag - 5 1/2" - Blued
Marlin 1894 COWBOY 44 MAG

I took the Ruger out today............ I loved the recoil of the Ruger but the grips are just a touch to small for my hands. My trigger finger seemed to like the trigger guard as it hit it alot durring firing. I was able to hold a good group of around 4 inches at 15 yards. POA was low to make it hit just POI a bit high. Recoil was easy to manage and I was able to cock and fire rather fast.
I used a cardboard target and the dirt behind the target had a hold almost big enough to place a football in.
I ran 50 rounds in the Ruger. Glad I had the ear muffs on.!!

October 25, 2008, 11:21 PM
Marlin 39 .22 and several .22 handguns, revolvers and semi-autos.

Marlin 1894C .357Mag and S&W M60. Don't laugh at the idea of a .357Mag in a carbine. It's rather formidable out to ~150yds.

Having said that, the most fun for the money are the .22s. ;)

October 26, 2008, 07:37 PM
I took a look at Legacy Sports website and they offer the Puma lever, along with other calibers, in 480 Ruger and 454 Casull.

October 26, 2008, 11:58 PM
I chose the 45 Long Colt as the caliber and the following firearms:

Ruger, Vaquero with 7-1/2" barrel, color hardened frame, IMHO, it is a beautiful pistol (1873 SAA).

Henry Repeating Arms, Big Boy lever action rifle (1866 Yellowboy, chambered is pistol cartridge)

Neither firearm is 100% authentic era weapons, but they suit me just fine, the .45 Long Colt or .45 Colt is a popular cartridge today, and not authentic either, however, with Cowboy Action Shooting, and so forth is still reasonable to acquire.

The last aspect for me was that they be American made firearms, and both are manufactured in America.


October 27, 2008, 11:24 AM
My choice was a Rossi copy of the Win 1892, now sold by EMF. The 92' was designed to fire pistol cartridges, rather than the 94' which was made for a longer rifle cartridge (somebody correct me if i'm wrong). Put the money you saved on buying the rossi into race tuning the gun...this is basically slicking up the action and polishing trigger parts. I'd also add a flip up peep sight. Mine works great and is dead accurate.

For pistols, I got a set of the Cowboy Ruger Vaqueros. They are smaller than the oldest, or the "new model" Vaqueros. They copy the colt SAA grip almost exactly. This is good if you have small or medium hands. Not good if you have large hands.

All 3 guns in 38spl/.357mag and are SS. Don't go with a cheap pistol, or you'll end up paying for repairs just to get it to work consistently. All the rugers are good guns.

October 28, 2008, 04:34 PM
For SASS I went with a marlin 1984CB rifle and ruger new vaqueros in 357. Shoot 38 specials and am real happy with the choice.

October 28, 2008, 09:52 PM
My grandad was working on a collection of lever guns and corresponding revolver.

I think he had 3 sets. The lever guns were all Marlins.

.44 mag rifle and pistol (along with a 444 Marlin)
.357 Mag
.45 Colt

October 30, 2008, 12:39 PM
While I have combos in .32-20 and .45Colt, the .44's are my favorites. The Marlin 1894 Cowboy Limited (20") sees mostly a 240gr SWC over 10.0gr Unique for 1450fps and 1050-1100fps out of sixguns. The 1894S model with microgroove rifling wears a Leupold 1-4x and is an absolute tackdriver with 270gr Gold Dots. Either can double up with a number of .44 sixguns. What I lack is a good 1873 or 1866 model in .44Spl to double up with my .44Colt cartridge conversions. Then I'll need a couple .44-40's.