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#6970789 - 11/23/17 07:07 PM Brand for .357 lever?
Tff caribou Offline
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Getting one for Christmas. Not sure what brand I should get. Want it for hunting from a tree stand with open sights I think. And being able to shoot .38 special ammo to plink with. I know Rossi revolvers are garbage but I hear good stuff about their carbines. Probably trying to spend less than $600.
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#6970816 - 11/23/17 07:28 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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I have the Rossi 92 .357, I believe it's an 20" barrel. Its been good for me so far, pretty accurate for what it is. Only thing I had to do was polish the feed ramp on bottom a little to get it to smoothly feed Remington 158SPs, which is about all I shoot out of it, mostly for pigs. I have shot maybe 150 rounds through it total so it's not torture tested by any means. Seems like I paid about $500 for it.

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#6970828 - 11/23/17 07:38 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Ever shoot .38 special out of it? Curious about feeding.
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#6970832 - 11/23/17 07:40 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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I know I shot some FMJ, probably Remington UMC type stuff through it when I first got it 3-4 years ago. I don't recall any feed issues other the with fat, soft tipped Remington .357 158gr ammo.

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#6970838 - 11/23/17 07:47 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Awesome. Thanks
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#6970840 - 11/23/17 07:49 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Maybe a Henry?
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#6970842 - 11/23/17 07:52 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Ever shoot .38 special out of it? Curious about feeding.


I went ahead and pulled it out of the safe. I loaded up and fed 5 Remington UMC 130gr MC cartridges through it, no problems. Of course I'm not cycling it cowboy action style or anything, so take this for what it's worth.

I bought the Rossi on the recommendation of a family member for a cheap truck gun. I would imagine domestic manufacturers lever gun very well might be a better piece if budget allows.




Edited by Anton Chigurh (11/23/17 07:57 PM)

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#6970843 - 11/23/17 07:52 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Anton Chigurh]
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Originally Posted By: Anton Chigurh
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Ever shoot .38 special out of it? Curious about feeding.


I went ahead and pulled it out of the safe. I loaded up and fed 5 Remington UMC 130gr MC cartridges through it, no problems


Thanks for that
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#6970870 - 11/23/17 08:19 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Marlin
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#6970994 - 11/23/17 10:24 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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I have a JM stamped Marlin and love the gun. It feeds 38 ammo with no issue, but this brand and model probably exceed your budget.

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#6971010 - 11/23/17 11:22 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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New .44 mag 94 Marlin for $500... apparently the .357's are made from unobtanium.

https://www.budsgunshop.com/catalog/mobile/product/41009/marlin_1894_44_mag_20_wal
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#6971011 - 11/23/17 11:24 PM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Anybody know what the recoil is like on a .44? I'm assuming it's still pretty timid, but this could also be a potential close range deer rifle for my kiddos.
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#6971058 - 11/24/17 06:59 AM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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I load 250 gr keiths in front of 18.5 gr 2400. Recoil is mild in my Marlin lever. Factory 240gr sp kicks about the same.
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#6971104 - 11/24/17 08:01 AM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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I haven't paid attention to 357 prices, but you can usually pickup a JM stamped Marlin 44 for $450 give or take. If buying new I'd probably spend the extra coin and get the Henry. Made in USA, drilled and tapped for scope if you end up wanting to go that route.
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#6971160 - 11/24/17 09:02 AM Re: Brand for .357 lever? [Re: Tff caribou]
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Anybody know what the recoil is like on a .44? I'm assuming it's still pretty timid, but this could also be a potential close range deer rifle for my kiddos.


Not bad, especially if shooting cowboy loads. A 300 grain cast bullet is a good option too.
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