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.357 Magnum 34 38.64%
.44 Magnum 36 40.91%
.45 Colt 18 20.45%
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Old November 27th, 2010, 10:29 PM   #1
 
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Which Lever Action rifle in handgun caliber

I own a Marlin 30/30 and it is a nail driver. I would like to stick with Marlin.
I have Ruger Revolvers in .357 magnum , .44 magnum and .45 colt
Which caliber do you choose for a lever action rifle?



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Old November 28th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #2
 
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I own a Marlin 30/30 and it is a nail driver. I would like to stick with Marlin.
I have Ruger Revolvers in .357 magnum , .44 magnum and .45 colt
Which caliber do you choose for a lever action rifle?
Find yourself a Ruger 96 / 44mag lite fast and different, some say a wee bit too different as an odd lever action to look at.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 05:11 AM   #3
 
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I have a Winnie 1892 in .357 and the only thing I wish was different is if it was in .45 Long Colt. Nothing against the .357, I just like the .45LC.
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The first few questions are do you reload and what is the purpose of the gun ( fun, plinking,hunting, woods bumming around gun?) Then a better anwser can be given. I have a long gun is all three and all three are for different purposes.
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I agree with Smee, what type of use will this rifle be put to? If only plinking and target shooting I recommend the Henry Big Boy in . 357/.38 special, if for both plinking, target shooting and big game hunting than go with either the .44mag. or the .45 LC Henry BB for home defense all calibers mentioned are adequite. The reason I recommend the Henry
outside of it's obvious "out of the box" advantages smooth action and poa accurcy (for my rifles anyway) is that the rifle is heavy and if you decide to go with the .44 mag. it will absorb a lot of the recoil as with the .45lc and the .357/.38 special shooting them is like shooting a .22 lr as far as recoil is concerned.
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Which one of the revolvers do you usually carry the most? Buy the carbine in that caliber. If all else is equal, then I would lean toward the 44.
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Which one of the revolvers do you usually carry the most? Buy the carbine in that caliber. If all else is equal, then I would lean toward the 44.
That makes sense to me, too.
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I generally carry the .44 Super Redhawk on a Huckleberry rig when out in the brush. My favorite handgun is the .357 GP100. I love shooting this gun. The Adjustable sights make it extremely accurate for me.
The .45 Colt Blackhawk, well, it's a .45 Colt
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Marlin... in your most used handgun cartridge.
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44 Mag

Why send a boy to do a mans job?
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The 357 isnt a boy, it is big enough to do the job on almost anything you may encounter. A 158 grain cast boolit out of a Marlin 1894 does so at 1800FPS+. Do not stand in front of one. I have 357 , 44 and 45 colt versions and like them all.
In my old age it makes sense to me to use the 357 rather than the 44 or 45 I do own them all.
People often use bigger boolits in place of skill.
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Old Shooter is correct the .357 isn't a "boy" but it is a lot younger than the .44 or .45 and I don't nessisarily mean in years or that it a weaker cartridge which it definately isn't
But IMO The .45 is a much better choice because it is bigger and will carry the same "punch" as the .357 if not a harder one. Just my druthers though.
And, Old Shooter, I disagree that bigger bullets equate to a lack of skill on the part of the shooter. Bullet placement is paramount to be sure but a larger, heavier bullet is again in IMO better than one that may zip through the intended target doing a minimun of tissue damage.
I agree with you however about recoil being a factor that's why I use Henry Big Boy Rifles heavy rifle = less felt recoil.
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I have just bought a .357 Henry Big Boy to go along with my .357's. Since I just shoot targets it is just easier to deal with one caliber especially since I also reload. I will be taking the Henry out for the first time this week, weather permitting.
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that's a silly question the correct answer is all three.lol
Since you have a 30/30 for hunting it sounds like you want more of a plinker in that case I'd probably lean 357mag. I have all three my 357 and 45 are 24" guns that see more light cowboy loads.My 44 is a 16" Rossi and is a go to for woods carry.
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I don't know much about these guns and the OP inspired me to look more into them. I have an SP on layaway so I think I may go for a short Rossi in 357. I think next summer I want to start doing some hiking and would love to have a nice combo to take with me.

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