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Old 07-16-2010, 15:54   #26
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Originally Posted by oilfield View Post
I would like to purchase either a 30-30, 44 mag 0r 357 mag. Be using to hunt deer and small varments, any suggestions on which would be the best choice. Also is there any real difference is noise between any of them.
.357 gives a limited range for a good humane one-shot kill on deer. All three offer a very wide range of bullets choices. I do think from those, i;d choose the time-proven .30-30 chambering.

Noise? When at the range, use ear protection. When in the woods, you can as well but for many folks, that woods shot isn't even heard by the shooter.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:05   #27
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I have a Henry 44Mag/44Spl. and really like it, I shoot a lot of 44Spl.
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Originally Posted by TxCoyote View Post
............I shoot a lot of 44Spl.
That's a great cartridge for comfortable shooting, and especially for ladies and others who perhaps are recoil-shy. I have an 1894 Marlin in .44 Mag that does really well even with heavy mag loads but for pure enjoyment I use those specials.

We also have three .30-30's (Winny '94, Marlin 336CS and a revelation 336 / made by Marlin) that are great, reliable and reasonable poweful rifles.

If I chose only one, it would be a .30-30 and be between the Winny and the Marlin. One's more handy and holds 1 more round. The other's beefier and has side-eject if I need a scope (don't care for side-mounted scopes myself).
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Originally Posted by hoplophile View Post
That's a great cartridge for comfortable shooting, and especially for ladies and others who perhaps are recoil-shy. I have an 1894 Marlin in .44 Mag that does really well even with heavy mag loads but for pure enjoyment I use those specials.

We also have three .30-30's (Winny '94, Marlin 336CS and a revelation 336 / made by Marlin) that are great, reliable and reasonable poweful rifles.

If I chose only one, it would be a .30-30 and be between the Winny and the Marlin. One's more handy and holds 1 more round. The other's beefier and has side-eject if I need a scope (don't care for side-mounted scopes myself).


Try .45 LC for a fun , low recoil caliber .

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Old 07-19-2010, 16:59   #30
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Originally Posted by WyrTwister View Post
Try .45 LC for a fun , low recoil caliber .

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Been thinking about that one too. It may be a while before I can sneak it into the safe though .
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Old 07-26-2010, 11:09   #31
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I like the Marlin 1894C carbine chambered in 357 magnum and 38 special. Its probably my favorite of today's lever action guns on the market. I like the fact that it can use the same ammunition as my revolver. Its also quiet and does not have a great deal of recoil. Ammunition is affordable and easy to find, plus shooting a 357 magnum bullet out of a 18 inch barrel puts alot of velocity behind it. It also has the receiver drilled and tapped to readily accept a scope mount.
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Lever Fever - I Got It

Those Browning BLRs are very nice. I like the pistol grip version with snabble forarm. They are so nice and come in a variety of calibers and blued or stainless. Alas they are expensive. Guess my lever Savage model 99 (.300), Marlin 1895 (.45-70), and my two Marlin 336s (.30-30) will hold me until I can buy a Browning. I can't seem to quit buying lever action rifles. I just love em.
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I've got a BLR 81, bought while I was in Nevada back in 92'. Sweet little rifle in .243 Win. Got it to pop Jack Rabbits and Yotes as I was out wondering around in the off season. She was a heck of a truck gun. Mounted a 3-9X40 Bushnell on her when I returned East. With a trgger job to take up some slack in the pull and some reloading experimentation, developed a reduced load that is awesome for deer. 95gr Nosler Ballistic Tip at 2600 fps at the muzzle drops em DRT at 100 yards probably 150 but I've never shot even that far back here. Sad thing is I only paid 300.00 plus tax about 318 out the door back then. The prices now are outrageous!!! She'll shoot 3 shot groups from the bench with that load that you can cover with a nickle at 100 yrds if I do my part. Don't plan on ever selling her ! Maybe someday I'll have a grandson or daughter that wants to learn to shoot and hunt with Grandpa ! If not She'll remain one of my favorite rifles, pretty and deadly accurate...
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Old 09-07-2010, 09:35   #34
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I'd go with the 45-70 Marlin Guide Gun (or another model of this great round). From mild to wild this gun does it all. Here's mine:

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My favorite and although it is not a legal deer rifle, it will kill them (and had killed many) as well as varmints is my Winchester 9422Magnum. I love lever action rifles, but have a hard time finding one to fill the utility roll I like, besides the 9422. Maybe a BLR in 22-250 or .308. I love the Marlin and Winchester carbines but find them impractical for some varmint applications and some of the finer shooting I like to do. Just MO.
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Originally Posted by Observer View Post
My favorite and although it is not a legal deer rifle, it will kill them (and had killed many) as well as varmints is my Winchester 9422Magnum. I love lever action rifles, but have a hard time finding one to fill the utility roll I like, besides the 9422. Maybe a BLR in 22-250 or .308. I love the Marlin and Winchester carbines but find them impractical for some varmint applications and some of the finer shooting I like to do. Just MO.
Ever looked into those "Accelerator" rounds that used to be on the market? If you reload I think you can get the sabots that allow you to fire a .224 bullet out of a .30-30 at nice velocities. The Marlin & Winny rifles might not lend themselves all that well to varminting, but that cartridge variation will get you a bit closer to the mark.
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Actually I still have a couple of boxes of factory Remington Accelerators from the 70s in 30-30 and .308.
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I love my rossi .357 mag with a 16" barrel, but I plink more than hunt.

30-30 would be better for hunting, but .357 will take a deer from 50-125 yards quite well. .44 mag is probably somewhere between those two.
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I have them in all the calibers you mentioned, plus one or two others in 47-70 and 35 Remington.

30-30 is your best all around bet if hunting is what you intend it for - most of the time.

But I gotta tell you, I'm a big proponent of the rifle/pistol combo and when it comes to that nothing beats 44 Mag. Next would be 357 Mag. Of course, with both of the pistol calibers you are also able to shoot their "specials" as well.

If you need the rifle for hunting deer, hogs, black bear, etc., then 30-30 is the safe way to go. Even if you need it for personal defense there are a lot of covers that 30-30 will turn into concealment in a hurry.

If you are really looking versatile, wanting some real flexibility, then 44 Mag is the way to go and pair it beside a good Smithy or Blackhawk, etc.

And then if you really want the ultimate levergun load, go with the 338 MX. Here's mine, I'm find of the furniture on this one ...




Or go with the little shorty 1894P in 44 Mag .... with some of your own special roll yer owns and keep them handy in those little ammo pouches as seen here. I've downed many a whitetail and quite a few hogs with this little carbine. It's probably my favorite and it has the scratches and scars to prove it:



Or, in 357 Mag, you might consider something along the lines of an 1894 Cowboy Limited with an octogon barrel paired with a little 686 seven shot or something along these lines. With 357 Mag I like to go with the longer barrels in an effort to squeeze every little bit of extra ooomph out of that pistol cartridge case. There are some special little things you can do, particularly if you cast your own boolits, that greatly increase the ballistic coefficient of the round as long as you limit yourself to one in the pipe and one in the tube ...

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i haven't owned alot of guns, but my marlin 30-30 is hands down my overall favorite rifle.
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I really love Marlin 45-70 guide gun. Its perfect for hunting elk here in the Cascades, I installed an XS ghost ring setup on it and it is very accurate at 100 yards w/ factory Remington loads. I too enjoy lever guns, I have owned several Winchester 94's and a 336 Marlin. My only complaint w/ the 1895G is the lever loop, my fingers have a hard time fitting into it when gloved.
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Originally Posted by gossman View Post
I really love Marlin 45-70 guide gun. Its perfect for hunting elk here in the Cascades, I installed an XS ghost ring setup on it and it is very accurate at 100 yards w/ factory Remington loads. I too enjoy lever guns, I have owned several Winchester 94's and a 336 Marlin. My only complaint w/ the 1895G is the lever loop, my fingers have a hard time fitting into it when gloved.

I think Brownells , and maybe Midway , sells replacement large look levers ?

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If you don't reload, I'd get Marlin in .44 or .30-30. Lever guns are great; if I could have only one rifle, it would be a Marlin in .45 Colt or .30-30.

I have three lever guns:
An old Marlin 336 in .30-30 (it is awesome!),
A Miroku Winchester 1892 in .45 Colt (smooth), and
A Rossi Winchester 1892 in .45 Colt (sturdy).

I previously had two Winchester 1894s in .30-30; their accuracy was just ok. I do prefer the shape of the Winchester guns, but the solid top of the Marlin design allows for easier scoping. I’m only 38, but my eyes seem to want a scope more and more, and if you hunt hogs at night, a red dot or illuminated scope is very handy.

My next rifle will likely be a Marlin 1894 in .45 colt. Though Marlin 1894s are not as strong as my Winchester 1892s, Marlins can be safely loaded with ammo at power-levels between powderpuff and shoulder thumping .45-70- and most importantly, they take scopes.

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Originally Posted by Point452 View Post
If you don't reload, I'd get Marlin in .44 or .30-30. Lever guns are great; if I could have only one rifle, it would be a Marlin in .45 Colt or .30-30.

I have three lever guns:
An old Marlin 336 in .30-30 (it is awesome!),
A Miroku Winchester 1892 in .45 Colt (smooth), and
A Rossi Winchester 1892 in .45 Colt (sturdy).

I previously had two Winchester 1894s in .30-30; their accuracy was just ok. I do prefer the shape of the Winchester guns, but the solid top of the Marlin design allows for easier scoping. Im only 38, but my eyes seem to want a scope more and more, and if you hunt hogs at night, a red dot or illuminated scope is very handy.

My next rifle will likely be a Marlin 1894 in .45 colt. Though Marlin 1894s are not as strong as my Winchester 1892s, Marlins can be safely loaded with ammo at power-levels between powderpuff and shoulder thumping .45-70- and most importantly, they take scopes.

Consider a .44 Mag & then you do not need to hot rod it . More than that , a .45-70 . The Marlin .45-70's are heavier than the hand gun caliber lever guns . The extra weight helps absorb some of the recoil from the heavier .45-70 loads .

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Sold some firearms lately (no regrets, they are tools to me, if I don't use them anymore and don't lose my shirt in the process, selling is not a negative) and trying to decide if I want a .22lr Henry or look around for a .357 lever gun. There is no doubt in my mind my next purchase will be a lever.

Wyr, I have looked at the large loops at Midway, since I am becoming a "fair weather" hunter more and more I just decide that if it's too cold to hunt without gloves, sitting on a landing over a logging area in my truck, binos, and my bolt .338 will have to do.
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Originally Posted by gossman View Post
Sold some firearms lately (no regrets, they are tools to me, if I don't use them anymore and don't lose my shirt in the process, selling is not a negative) and trying to decide if I want a .22lr Henry or look around for a .357 lever gun. There is no doubt in my mind my next purchase will be a lever.

Wyr, I have looked at the large loops at Midway, since I am becoming a "fair weather" hunter more and more I just decide that if it's too cold to hunt without gloves, sitting on a landing over a logging area in my truck, binos, and my bolt .338 will have to do.

I am not a hunter , so the gloves is not an issue . Besides , I do not have big hands .

I personally think the bit loop levers look a bit hokey . But I can see one for a person with big hands and gloves .

Get a .357 Mag , especially if you reload , and even more if you cast your own bullets as I do .

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Ruger 96 22mag. Its quite, light and lethal. Will kill any two or four legged animal walking north america.
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Originally Posted by wulf03 View Post
Ruger 96 22mag. Its quite, light and lethal. Will kill any two or four legged animal walking north america.
Ummmmm, yeah. And I will doink the Hot for Words Lady doggy style and nine ways from Sunday if given the chance ... but that ain't never gonna happen either.

Anyone who would hunt (sic) "any two or four legged animal walking in north america," with a 22mag made by Ruger or anyone else, is not doing the proper and ethical thing. Not to mention the inherent dangers of hunting say, Brown Bears in Idaho with a 22 Mag or Elk in New Mexico or pronghorns in Wyoming or Black Bear in upstate Michigan.

And if you plan on fighting two legged critters, you armed with nothing but a 96 in 22 Mag ... then your genepool will suffer, if it ever comes to that, because you'll be the only one out there trying to do it.

You were kidding, right?
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Looks like the OP has left the room. Oh well, I guess we can still contribute here to anyone else looking. Obviously, a 30-30 is a good deer rifle. I had a ported Guide Gun. A good deer/elk too, but it was too loud and thumped too hard to be a "fun" gun out in the desert...expensive to shoot too...I didn't reload then. Just not something my kids wanted to shoot. The 1894 Marlin in .44 Mag was REALLY fun to shoot, but I don't know how effective it would be as a deer rifle...I mean I'm not doubting it very well could be...I just don't have any personal experience.

I don't know, if you can cover the "fun factor" and have an effective deer rifle (I'm assuming white tails), then whatever rifle covers both bases, well, that's what I'd choose. So maybe a .44 Mag is it.
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Many bears have been taken with 22LR annd mags.Great gun,used by many pochers,ask the LEO's in nothern areas,Canada alot.Just have to pich a brain shot.
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