I know this has topic has been done before, but I probably missed it. I am just wondeing what your thoughts are on a tactical lever action. I know Sisk used to make a tactical lever called the Stopper Rifle, but I believe it has been discontinued. I am just wondering who might do these conversions, and what calibers would be good for this kind of rifle.
Have any of yall done something like this to your levers, or made a scout type conversion to them?
I have a scout mount on my marlin guide gun, marlin 336 and winchester 94 in 30/30. I love them. As far as turning them into "tac-levers" I'm not sure what you mean other than maybe adding a universal light mount (I prefer the velcro versions).
I think they make an awsome tac rifle. They are quick, lite, balance well and they are available in just about any caliber you could ever want. I love my rosi 357 with a 16 inch barrel with my Ruger security six or GP100 on my hip. Interchangeable ammo and a decent punch. I have the same set up with a Rosi 454 cas lever gun (20 inch barrel though) and a ruger balckhawk with interchangeable cylinders. Wtih that set up I can shoot everything from 454 cas hot loads close to 45-70 performance all the way down to wad cutter 45 ACP's
If you couldn't tell I love lever guns so I'm kinda bias.
Ya, for some reason Im a big lever fan too. I have a Win 94 .357 carbine. It one of my favorite guns to shoot and im confident that I can hit what Im aiming at 100 yards and under. Ok, not so much a tactical rifle as much as a SHTF utility rifle. I guess what got me started on the "tactical" was Sisk's old ad on their "stopper rifle". It was a Marlin 336 in .30-30 or .44 Mag(I believe they had one for the 45-70 too), all the metal was coated in a non glare finish, with the scout scope mount and had some other cool stuff done to it too. Doing something like that sounds kinda fun, .... but I don't know if I would do it to my .357, its to pretty the way it is. Maybe a .30-30 or .35 Rem.
I'v got a Marlin 1894 in .357mag. with a reddot scout scope and a Lyman rec. sight on it. I would not hesitate to grab it, if I heard bumps in the night!!! Light weight, handy, and easy to topoff reload. What more could you ask for!!
I have been finding a lot of info talking about cutting the barrel length down to 16 inches in length. I was just wondering what the felt recoil for a 16inch barreld .30-30 or .35 Rem would be? Any comparisons?
A tactical 200yd lever gun? Is there any gun that can be left alone and NOT be made "tactical"? eez, guess unless it's a black gun with all kinds of crap hangin' of it it's just not cool anymore. Gotta be "tactical" with everything now.
BlkHawk: They were used as defensive adn offensive guns by all kindsa folks for lots a years. (insert drawl ). These made it into plenty of sadle scabards, gun racks, kitchen corners and other places long before the black rifles of today had their say in the world. Kinda like an anti-black-rifle thing. I love my levers and use them for all kinds of chores. I don't think anyone is going to hang a sure fire 900 light off one on an improvised light rail or put a laser on one. But it would be nice to have a forward short eye relief scope and maybe some kinda small light for those things that go bump in the night here in the sticks.
My opinion is that if you want something tactical. there are much better guns to start with than leverguns.
Now, I have two lever guns (a 1894 in 44 mag and an 1895 in 450 marlin) and I would not hesitate to grab either one if I felt threatened. They both have XS scout mounts and scout style scopes. They would be fine serving double duty as a home defense gun as they are both short and light and quick handling. My only concern would be overpenetration but then I never really liked that guy next door anyway. I would not however, consider them tactical. Please, don't make a tactical levergun.
I don't want to do anything crazy. I just want a 16 inch barrel, different sights, a scout type scope mount with quick detachable scope rings, and a non glare finish. I don't want flash lights, lasers or any other stuff that seems upset you guys. If it makes you feel better, I want to keep the wood, lol. I guess tactical was the wrong word to use, sorry. It just sounds like a fun gun to add to the collection.
I have checked out those little stainless/lmainte Marlins. Awesome guns but a bit overpriced IMO. Would love one in .45Colt to match up with my stainless Bisleys but alas I've got better things to spend the $600+ on.
Naaa... Im not gonna do that. I liked the idea of a 16 inch barreld lever, but after I handled the 336 at the gun shop, I figured I would leave it the way it is. It sholdered pretty easy and carried good in the hand. I already have a compact 94 and decided that it didn't need anything else to improve on it.
Right now I have a severe case of leveritus and seem to need another lever to calm my nerves.
Lever guns make great tactical weapons? That must be why so many armies issue them? So many police departments?
Seriously, for defense they are great, but as a tactical weapon, they leave a lot to be desired. Being able to reload them quickly is just one drawback.