I like all my lever action rifles,my favorite is my Marlin 1895 CB 45-70 26".
Marlin 1894C in 357 Mag... that's what I had in high school. It was given to me by a Cherokee Indian friend of my dad's when I was 16. He was a Korean War vet... very interesting guy. I met him one night when I was hanging out with my dad at the VFW. Despite our age difference we hit it off and became fast friends.I have but two lever guns, both Marlin guns, a 1894 C in 357 Mag...
I was really torn between 44 Mag and 357 Mag when I was looking at the Rossi M92s 25 years ago. So much so I dragged my feet getting around to getting one because I couldn't decide. I'd had a Marlin in 357 Mag so knew I liked that caliber in a lever gun, but I argued with myself for a while because the 44 Mag was really calling my name. Since I had a 357 Mag revolver I finally went with the 357 Mag in the M92 so I'd have a six-gun and a lever in the same caliber. The cowboy side of me won out... the advantage of the two having ammunition in common. I haven't ruled out a 44 Mag in the future. I only have the one lever gun. To my mind that's not enough.I have a Marlin lever action .44 magnum. I love it! It has all the power I need or want. It's accurate and it's easy to move around it with in a car or building. When you point the working end at a bad guy they swear that they're looking down the barrel of a train tunnel because it's so big in diameter.
the "tube loading" aspect of the Henrys has always caused me to shy away from their big bore rifles......I had a Henry .357-.38 for a couple of years, the one in the dark steel (not brass) finish. It was a fine rifle, but I wasn't using it very much and I sold it. If Henry expands its line of side loading leverguns to include that caliber, I might pick up another. I was really attracted to the "mechanics," if you will, of that levergun, more than shooting it, and the workmanship.
Here she is...