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Old December 29, 2012, 08:53 AM   #1
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Carbine to go with my GP100?

Seeking your advice here.
I am interested in a carbine chambered in .357 to complement my GP100.
Can you speak to the best overall choices for Home Protection and options?
I am also interested in Stainless rather then blued.

Thank you for any input.
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Old December 29, 2012, 08:59 AM   #2
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I would look for a nice Marlin or older Rossi lever gun, I went looking for the same thing a few years ago and could not find a used Marlin but I did find a pre safety Rossi that fit the bill. I have had no problems with my Rossi and even found a 45LC pre safety Rossi to keep it company.You did not say what type of action you were looking for so I will also say that Ruger has the bolt action 357 out there as well. I handled one once and it was nice and smooth but the $700 price the store was asking was not going to do it for me. Good luck with your hunt.
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Old December 29, 2012, 09:04 AM   #3
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I had a Puma 357 mag rifle with a 24 inch octo barrel. Not good for home defense but what a sweet rifle. Kick myself for trading it. You would be well served with a short barreled 357 mag rifle. If I remember correctly the 357 magnum starts to loose velocity after 18 inches of barrel length. The 357 magnum is a whole different cartridge when you increase the barrel length over ten or twelve inches.
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Old December 29, 2012, 09:20 AM   #4
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Don't know what your intended use is but I went this route:

Ruger 77/357 and 4-inch Stainless GP 100

I love lever guns. Got a Marlin 1894 Cowboy Limited in .45 Colt (and a New Vaquero to go with it), and a Winchester '94 .30-30. That being said, I got the above stainless combo because I think those two guns could stand up to extended use in adverse conditions and continue to function. My lever guns are good guns, but I don't think they'd like being out in the rain and mud for extended periods. I might still get a .357 lever gun anyway though (if I can ever find a nice one).
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Old December 29, 2012, 09:48 AM   #5
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That bolt action looks sweet. That is probably the way I would go but many people I know went with the Rossi lever actions. I have one buddy who has an Uberti 1873 carbine in .357 mag and it is a very nice rifle.
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Old December 29, 2012, 09:59 AM   #6
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This is the revolver forum, not the rifle forums. Please ask your question in the appropriate forum.

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