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I have 4 lever-action rifles and my favorite is definitely the one I looked for the longest before buying - a 30 year old Marlin 1894CS in .38 Special/.357 Magnum.
I had never seen a new one in stock anywhere and at gun shows all I found were 30/30 rifles or sometimes .35 or something.
I stumbled on this at a Pawn Shop while I was in there using their FFL transfer service for another gun.
Because it's older it had holes drilled and tapped from the factory to use a Williams rear side-mounted peep sight, which extended the sight radius.
It's not only a fun gun to shoot, but it has been fun to let other people shoot it. With .38 Special there's hardly any recoil to speak of and a variety of females I know have enjoyed it for that.
Plus, before I even bought the gun I was already hand loading for the caliber due to having a bunch of revolvers where it's easy to hang onto brass.
It's probably one of my favorite gun purchases I have made (out of over 200) and one of the last guns with which I would part.
 

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My last Lever action rifle buy is a Marlin .444.
That's a lot of rifle !!

my faves are still my model 1873 Winnie short rifle in .357 / .38 with factory buckhorn sights for shorter ranges, and my pristine 1976 Marlin 336 in .30/30 with a 3-9x40 scope for longer ranges with Lever Revolution ammo.....it's still been fired less than 60 times & feels like new, accuracy is great too !! 3 shots into 1 ragged hole at 100 yards.
 

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Win 9422 slicker than wd40, Excellent condition Savage 99H carbine in 30/30 and Marlin 94s in .41 Mag.
I have the Henry Repeating Firearms M1 (2nd year production model) in .22LR
and an M1M in .22WMR .
absolutely love them both and they are my "go to's" for their applications!
Looking REALLY hard at the Henry " Big Boy" in .45/70 Gov't.
maybe Mrs. Claus will bring me one............
 

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I just finished these two.
The XLR is my favorite.
LOVE the coin inlays and tackwork on both..........I do tackwork on my Flintlocks to simulate Native American historical firearms.
NICE WORK !!
 

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I've been on a rimfire kick this summer, so I'd have to say my favorite now is my Browning BL-22. I've put a couple bricks through it lately.

The Rossi Trapper in .45 Colt is also fun, I recently took it on a week long camping trip to southwest Arizona. I kept it loaded with 250 grain Speer Deep Curl hollow points.
 

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My favorite is my Marlin 308MX in 308 Marlin Express. It's my most favorite and luckiest deer rifle.
I also have a Rossi stainless 45 Colt trapper and a Rossi blued 357 trapper.
In addition I have a Henry Big Boy steel 16" 357, Marlin 336T 30-30 1971 saddle ring carbine, and a Browning 81 Liteweight stainless 358win.
I buy, sell, and trade guns and have had Marlins in 357, 44 mag, 45 colt, 32 H&R Mag, 30-30, 35 Rem, 375win, 444, 45-70, 450 Marlin, 338 Marlin Express, a rechambered 30-30 in 307 Winchester. Winchesters in 30-30, 357, 44 mag, 307, 356, 7x30 Waters, and 32 Special.
Brownings in 243, 308, 358. Henry's in 22LR, 22 mag, 327 Fed mag, 357, 44 mag
 

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You can mitigate the recoil from the 45-70 by reloading, if you are set up to do so. As an example, the 300 Remington JHP is a good bullet to cut recoil and 5744 is a case filler powder that is regularly used to duplicate BP type loads with smokeless. Of course Unique has been a favorite for light loads with cast bullets for decades. The secret to the 45-70 is not velocity, you just let the bullet weight do all the work and smile.
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Well, I only have one... but back when I had three, this one was still my favorite...

It's a Rossi 92 in .44 magnum. Started out as a 24" rifle, but it's only got a 17" barrel now. I wanted something that nobody made, a carbine, but with the heavy octagon barrel. Only way to get one was to buy the rifle version, and have it cut down. So I did. Then I went to outfitting it as a defensive weapon.

It has a large loop from Steve's Gunz. It also has his peep sight that replaces the stupid bolt safety. The factory rear sight was removed, and the dovetail filled. Then the top flat of the barrel was drilled and tapped, and a piece of leftover picatinny secured to it. On it is a Sig Romeo 5 red dot, and a Stream light in a Thorntail mount. The pretty to look at, but painful to shoot curved metal butt plate was removed, and the butt straightened for a recoil pad, then a leather ammo cuff added... I would like to soften the edges of the loading gate some, and maybe put a lighter spring there, but everything else is smooth as can be. Still holds 10+1, and is very accurate, and fast. It's the single most fun rifle I own to shoot. This little combat cowboy carbine can travel with me to states where my AR cannot...

 

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Favorite?
Pre-remlin Marlin 336 in .30-30.

The one I would like to get more time on?
Marlin 1895 stainless Guide Gun in .45-70.
Haven't got enough miles on it yet to really claim it as a fave.
Its a Remington and went back to the factory shortly after purchase (lever was jamming). Seems fine now but I won't trust it 100% until I get some more rounds through it.

The one I always wanted but will probably never get because a. its expensive, b. money over here is tight, and c. I'm no spring chicken?
Easy - Winchester '73 in .44-40 (along with a Colt Peacemaker in .44-40 to keep it company).

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For a few weeks now, I am the proud owner of a Marlin 1895 Custom Shop 45-70. I've read that it's an amazing lever-action rifle, but the thing is that I need a new scope anti-cant device. Do you guys have any suggestions? I saw on the website 6 Best Rifle Scope Anti Cant Devices - Ballachy, which makes a list of six of the best ones, that US Optics Swivel Anti-Cant Device is a pretty good one. It's well-calibrated and it's perfect for extended range shooting. I also like the pros of the Vortex Optics Riflescope Bubble Levels, as the accuracy of shots is guaranteed. What do you guys think? Which one should I get?
 

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The Marlin uses a flat scope base, various makers. The scope rings to fit the base, with a level bubble in the rear ring are available form various makers. If you buy a set of vertical split rings, you might find a level replacement vile that will fit the split. However, the 45-70 might well produce enough recoil to make any type of adhesive applied to the level vile a non functioning add on. I had a level for years on my scoped XP-100 that I shot in competition, this was before the level built in rings were avalible, it worked OK, but eventually the super glue let go and it went sailing, during a match, of course.

Even though more expensive, I would go with the level bubble built into rings.
 

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The Marlin uses a flat scope base, various makers. The scope rings to fit the base, with a level bubble in the rear ring are available form various makers. If you buy a set of vertical split rings, you might find a level replacement vile that will fit the split. However, the 45-70 might well produce enough recoil to make any type of adhesive applied to the level vile a non functioning add on. I had a level for years on my scoped XP-100 that I shot in competition, this was before the level built in rings were avalible, it worked OK, but eventually the super glue let go and it went sailing, during a match, of course.

Even though more expensive, I would go with the level bubble built into rings.
I like to use separate levels like these, they can be changed out without having to touch the scope mounting rings if need be, and they come in all sizes and prices...
 
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