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Old May 28th, 2016, 06:48 PM   #16
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Very nice! What is a good lever action for a hobbyist that wont be hunting with it and just wants a fine shooting nice looking lever action?
Marlin 39 .22 LR/L/S

Marlin 1894 .357; .44 Mag; .45 Colt

Marlin 336 .30-30

Winchester M1894 .30-30

Rossi M92 .357; .44 Mag; .45 Colt

If price is a big factor the Rossi, while not as nice as a Marlin 1894 is actually a stronger action and much less expensive. I paid $275 for my Marlin 1894 in .both .357 and .44 Mag. Now they're going for $1150+/- used. The Rossi is running right around $450 new.

The best bang for the buck is a Marlin 336 in .30-30. It is by far the least expensive in the Marlin stable, and if you handload and cast bullets, you can load reduced power cast ammunition that are actually cheaper per round than .22 LR.

Winchesters are nice products too, but most are made by Miroku in Japan now, and although of excellent quality, are much more expensive than they used to be, and the price for used Winchesters made in the USA by Winchester has climbed as well.

Good luck in your search. You'll find that much like Lay's potato chips, and pre 2000 Smith and Wesson revolvers, you can't have just one.

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Old May 28th, 2016, 07:16 PM   #17
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I didn't realize the Marlins have appreciated that much.
Makes the Henry big boy that much more appealing, or have they gone through the roof as well?

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Old May 29th, 2016, 01:43 AM   #18
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The only two I have:

Winchester/Miroku M1892 Short Rifle in .45 Colt, absolutely beautiful finish and fit and very accurate with my hand loads, also cycles SWC's, which my Henry will not. The strongest lever action out there, with the possible exception of the new Henry Long Ranger. Don't much care for the rebounding hammer, but seems to work O.K.

Henry Big Boy, also in .45 Colt, shoots as good as the '92, easier to unload, lack of a gate doesn't bother me, slick action. Will handle Buffalo Bore loads. Much easier to disassemble.

I'd hate to have to make a choice.

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Old May 29th, 2016, 04:12 AM   #19
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I too have a love of my lever actions. Rossi 92 Rio Grande 45-70, Rossi 92 stainless 45Colt carbine, Uberti 1873 Winchester 45Colt(so fine it's awesome) and my Henry's Big Boy 45Colt and 22LR for fun.

I have my plans to add a Henry 1860 and a Yellow Boy 1866 and may even top it off with a Uberti 1876 Winchester in 50-95 just for a kicker.

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Old May 29th, 2016, 06:18 AM   #20
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Pre-64 M94 in 30-30.

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Old May 29th, 2016, 07:05 AM   #21
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browning 1886 45/70 , marlin 336 30/30. does anything I need for hunting.

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Old May 29th, 2016, 08:37 AM   #22
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I've been to Alaska. Really smart to have some good bear medicine with you.

I kinda regret giving my .357 Mag Marlin to my son as I miss it. It was very accurate and I wanted him to have a reliable carbine that he could shoot with the confidence of hitting what he aimed at.

In the mean time I picked up a Rossi M92 in .45LC as a companion to my Colt. Having a carbine in a pistol cartridge chambering helps draw out the potential of the round.
Those .357 Marlins are very expensive to come by these days...

We have two JM stamped 1894 ss chambered in .44 mag and plan on hanging on to them.

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Old May 30th, 2016, 04:16 AM   #23
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Gents,

I have two Marlins undergoing restoration now. One is a Model 94 Marlin .38/40 with 24" Octagon barrel. It dates to a 1904 production date.

The other is a original Marlin Model 36 carbine with a 20" half round/half octagon barrel and short mag tube (1936 production date).

Other than that I have an original Marlin 336 "Marauder" in the safe. It's the gun my dad gave me for my first big game rifle. Definitely a keeper.

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Old May 30th, 2016, 12:06 PM   #24
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browning 1886 45/70 , marlin 336 30/30. does anything I need for hunting.

Another one of my regrets is selling my Browning 1886's. I had the rifle and carbine models. Keep yours! :-)

And there was the Win. M94 "Antique" model. And the original M1886 Winchester in the 9K serial number range must have had an extra long barrel as the magazine tube held 9 rounds. I had 10 rounds available when one was in the chamber. It went to pay for medical expenses.


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Old May 30th, 2016, 03:13 PM   #25
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Having lived in Alaska would consider the 44Mag. suitable for black bear, but not for grizz or brown bear. Many of the natives use a basic 30-30 for various hunting chores, but keep in mind they have an unlimited supply of dogs in the village and keeps the bear at bay for enough shots to bring the rascal to the ground. Generally carried either my Browning '86/45-70 or Browning 71/348Win. for security reasons. First bear hunt with friend of mine while living there and we flew to remote area to establish a base camp and upon inspecting my rifle, Win. Model 70/375HH, he turned to me and told me that my front sight was a big problem?? Asked why he said it was going to hurt a great deal when he would have to pull that barrel out of my rear end which the bear had just placed there. I did not sleep well that first evening.

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Only two?

1873, 1886 Winchesters.

Realistically, I love most all lever actions, especially historical models.

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Marlin 1895 45/70 and Uberti 1873 44-40. Both are nail drivers. Have a Henry 1860 45 colt also that is just so much fun to shoot. The Marlin is for hog hunting. The Uberti and Henry are for fun shooting, good times at the range.

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Old May 30th, 2016, 11:52 PM   #28
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Pre-'64, Winnie '94 .30-30 Saddle Carbine. '76 JM stamped Marlin 1895 .45-70. -Lloyd

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Having lived in Alaska would consider the 44Mag. suitable for black bear, but not for grizz or brown bear. Many of the natives use a basic 30-30 for various hunting chores, but keep in mind they have an unlimited supply of dogs in the village and keeps the bear at bay for enough shots to bring the rascal to the ground. Generally carried either my Browning '86/45-70 or Browning 71/348Win. for security reasons. First bear hunt with friend of mine while living there and we flew to remote area to establish a base camp and upon inspecting my rifle, Win. Model 70/375HH, he turned to me and told me that my front sight was a big problem?? Asked why he said it was going to hurt a great deal when he would have to pull that barrel out of my rear end which the bear had just placed there. I did not sleep well that first evening.
Lol, yeah I used to have a whole litany of jokes just like that for visiting clients up here....("Don't go into Grizzly country with somebody you can't outrun" and my favorite "a .22 is a fine bear gun, just shoot your buddy in the knee cap and run like hell!")

Your 375 H&H was plenty gun though....and ten 300 gr hard cast bullet/ loads will serve Justin's purposes for his remote work.

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Old May 31st, 2016, 02:07 PM   #30
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My 1886 Winchester 50-110 Express and my 1886 45-70 Carbine. Both thump you pretty hard.

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