This is a discussion on Thinking about a lever gun within the Pistols and Revolvers forums, part of the HandGuns, Pistols and Revolvers, Long Rifles, Shotguns, SKS, AK, AR category; Originally Posted by soyer38301 Any suggestions and/or guidance? Thinkink of a 357/38 for caliber... I'm with you on a 357/38 lever action. However, I would ...
I was a bullet caster. And a .44 SPL would be even good for plinking. The .44 Rem Mag would be good for hunting.
Another thing about these cartridges is that they are "straight wall" brass. The problem with bottle neck cartridges is that not all chambers perfectly match their cartridges. I had reloads that were used for decades. Sometimes a bottleneck cartridge will crack on the shoulder on the first or second shot. Even my .223 reloads had to be checked for wear and cracks--but the stuff was so cheap I never let it stop me.
If you're married, and your avatar shows that might be an issue, a .44 SPL can make the rifle useful for your wife.
...No matter where you are it's enemy territory...
I have a Henry 38spcl/.357 magnum, and two Browning BLR lever actions, one in .308 and the other in 30-06. I also have bolt action rifles in .308 and 30-06, but I fire rifles “right handed” while one of my sons is left handed, so one of the reasons I went with lever action rifles is so that I could leave him some hunting rifles that he could use.
Suck it up buttercup.
I have a Marlin 336 .30-30 and I like it a lot.
Next thing I want to do with it is mount a scout scope to round it out.
Semper ubi sub ubi
I have 4 lever guns I am pleased with.
Two Winchester Model of 1894's in 30/30, Marlin 39A and a Marlin 1894 in .357 Mag.
The two marlins have scopes on them and one Winni has a peep sight.
Had to rebarrel both of them, hey I only paid 10 bucks a piece for them.
Have only test fired/ targeted both, they now are safe queens.
I should add that I do not hunt, only a couple of times when a kid, never again for animals.
Do not have much ammo for them either, 1,000 rounds for both, just a drop by comparison.
Sometimes I take the slinged one for SD when in the big city area, more politically correct than an AR.
It goes with a 100 rounds of ammo, Winchester Silver tip.
With greater perceived threat I take an M-1 Carbine.
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I went for a Winchester 94 Trapper in 357/38 as a companion piece for my Ruger Security-6 357mag. I have really enjoyed it and have no regrets. I like lever actions a lot and have a Marlin in 30-30, an older hammerless Winchester 22LR, a Henery 22LR with a big loop, and a Savage 99F in 300 Savage. Actions are good to carry, plenty of power for nearly anything in Eastern North America. Where I live we don't have bears, moose, or elk so even the 357 mag is big enough for our little whitetail deer. I dropped a buck a few years ago with a 357 Blackhawk single-action revolver so I know that the carbine will do the job for brush hunting with shots no longer than 150 yards. Hornady even makes a plastic pointed 357 specifically for hunting use in a lever-action Rifle. The 30-30 has killed more deer in the US than any other round.
I like that lever-action ammo is rimmed. For survival, purposes rimmed ammo is easier to reload with the Leeloader. I have three presses but I can't see carrying one very far. A pound of Unique powder, a few hundred assorted primers, a hundred bullets for each caliber with Leeloaders and a couple of bullet molds is manageable. For its portability I like it and for loading a box of ammo it is easy.
While a lever-action is not an AK in the 7.62x39 (I'm not a fan of the 5.56) but it is a great fast action rifle that offers little in the way of problems and is as portable as an AR.