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Old 08-04-2019, 17:43   #1
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Your favorite Lever Action Rifle?

I like all my lever action rifles,my favorite is my Marlin 1895 CB 45-70 26".
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Old 08-05-2019, 23:36   #2
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Marlin's 1895 is a sweet lever gun. I had a Marlin lever gun in high school and I'm still kicking myself for parting with it in my youth.

These days I have a Rossi Model 92 in 357 Mag (Pre cross-bolt safety) circa 1994ish... 20-inch barrel. It's not the best lever gun out there obviously, but I was pleasantly surprised how smooth and accurate it was right out of the box.

It really rocks with Fiocchi 142 GR FMJ truncated cone, and Fiocchi 148 GR semi-jacketed hollow point. consistent 3" group @ 100 yards.

I'm a traditionalist when it comes to lever guns. I find the M92 very appealing. It's simple and does the job. It's a keeper.
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my M1873 Winchester short rifle in .357 / .38spl, is my short range favorite
for longer ranges my 1976 Marlin 336 .30/30 that's been fired maybe 50 times is it.

they're oddly identical in their smoothness.....but the Marlin has that "new car door stiffness" that the Winchester doesnt.......plus, lets face it, the 1873 IS the coolest lever-gun EVER made !!
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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.

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Old 08-06-2019, 12:13   #5
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still my first lever: an original jm marlin 30-30 in stainless. i didn't realize at the time that it was likely close to the last run to come off the original marlin line.

thankfully, henry still makes a mighty fine lever.
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Almost forgot... if there are no photos it didn't happen.

Here are a couple snaps of my Rossi 1892 357 Mag/38 SPC 20" barrel.



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oh...so this is a fave lever/pic of fave lever thread?

my marlin previously mentioned. she's a keeper.
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Old 08-10-2019, 14:53   #8
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I have but two lever guns, both Marlin guns, a 1894 C in 357 Mag it sports a 2-7 scope and shoots 200 Rem RN into .5 inches with H-110. The seating depth is set with a revolver cylinder and it will feed through the action. Then I have my favorite Cowboy Silhouette gun, an original, first model 444 Marlin Rifle, I bought it new in 1969, from NRA President Dick Riley, of Hookset, New Hampshire. The 444 shoots cast 200 gr Lymanís into 1 inch at 200 meters with Unique. It has an old 60s steel 2x Bushnell in a tip off scope base, a real nice hunting scope.
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:08   #9
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I have but two lever guns, both Marlin guns, a 1894 C in 357 Mag...
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.

One day he came over to the house with the Marlin and a Ruger Blackhawk in 357 Mag. He said he didn't have any kids of his own and he wanted me to have those guns. A couple years later I sold them like an idiot. Young and stupid, I had too many hobbies... girls, fast cars, and girls. (I know I said girls twice, but they were that important at the time)
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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.
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Old 08-17-2019, 21:09   #11
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My Uberti 1873 chambered in .45 Colt.
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Old 08-18-2019, 10:35   #12
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I only have one so it must be my favorite.
Marlin 1894C .357/.38 built in 1981, never fired outside of the factory, picked it up three years ago.
What COULD be my favorite lever gun if I can ever find the right one would be a straight stock Marlin .22 39A Golden Mountie.
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Originally Posted by Herd Sniper View Post
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.
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.
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The good thing about the 44 Mag and 357 Mag in the Marlin 94s is that they have several advantages in common; handguns and rifles both to carry, full length and a shorter cartridges, hard cast reloads to sub 22 LR cost and without much effort they both can be shot with very low recoiling loads built for ladies, youngsters and folks with physical disabilities. Both Marlins use a flat center mounted scope base and also the same style slide on or full attachable recoil pad.

However the 357 guns without the cross bolt are increasing in value by leaps and bounds and getting more unobtainable by the day, around here. Cowboy action shoots are driving the price
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Old 08-22-2019, 17:32   #15
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Levers are my favorite rifle, I have 22, 17HMR, 357, 41Mag, 44 Mag, 30-30, 35 Rem, 375 Winchester and 308 Winchester in Rossi, Winchester, JM Marlin and Henry. I love them all, my favorite is the one I grab to shoot that day.
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marlin 336

Mine is a older mid 1960s 336 in 35 cal, has taken many a deer, and will be passed on to the grandson to keep it up.
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I have a Savage 99 like new, I don't shoot it much and a Marlin 56 Levermatic in .22lr.
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I have four levers. 1892 Rossi, 1895G Marlin, 1894 Marlin, and 1873 Winchester. Of the four each has advantages and disadvantages. The 1873 is silky smooth. The 1895G wakes you up in the morning. The 1894 Marlin is accurate as the day is long. When its time to go to the Range the Rossi gets the nod more than the rest.
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Originally Posted by LousyShot View Post
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.

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the "tube loading" aspect of the Henrys has always caused me to shy away from their big bore rifles......
don't misunderstand.... I LOVE HENRY RIFLES.......and have a H1 .22lr (early 2nd year production model) and an H1M in .22 WMR.....that I wouldn't trade for a used Harley......GREAT guns !!
but anything larger than a .22 loading through a tube (including the Spencer rifle) just spooks me.....

Edit to clarify:...actually it's the removable brass follower tube that spooks me
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Love my Uberti Yellowboy

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Old 11-24-2019, 23:11   #22
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My last Lever action rifle buy is a Marlin .444.
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:30   #23
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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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Old 11-26-2019, 02:25   #24
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Originally Posted by If1Hitu View Post
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.
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