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Old November 7, 2012, 07:07 PM   #11
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I have lever actions from Marlin in 22lr, 32, 357 and 44 mag. The 357 is hands down my favorite gun of all the guns I own. I reload for it (and just about everything else) so I can make it do the work of a 22 rifle up to bottom end 30-30 loads. Plus it is pretty darn accurate for what it is. I could finish my hunting career with it if I stuck to the smaller Tx whitetails I normally hunt.

Brian Pearce did an article on the 357 lever gun in the April 2006 (IIRC) Rifle Magazine. It had lots of good info on the 357 round in a rifle. It is worth ordering from Wolfe publishing.

I have owned a Rossi 357 and the Marlin is a better made gun. The Rossi may be a stronger action and you can push the loads a little more but since you are using handgun bullets that are designed for about 1500fps tops you can get bullet blow up if the wrong bullet is used on bigger game like deer. Soft points work better than hollow points. I nearly cut a coyote in half with a winchester 158gr HP at about 30 yards.
"Those who cannot cleanly dispatch their game using a .30-30 are either shooting too far, hunting inappropriate (too large) game, or are simply incompetent." Mic McPherson
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