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G23Gen4TX
02-10-2013, 22:07
I'm looking for a lever action in .38/.357. I know very little about them but I am looking for something modern and in the price point of around $400 if that is possible.

Reason I want .38/.357 is because I already have a revolver in that caliber.

Guide me in the right direction please. :-)

countrygun
02-10-2013, 22:14
Here's a start. there was more detailed thread a while before this one but it fell off the edge of the earth,

http://glocktalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1466797

G23Gen4TX
02-10-2013, 22:34
Thanks, countrygun. Good thread.

G23Gen4TX
02-11-2013, 00:05
So after reading the above thread a Marlin 1894C seems like a good choose.

Any thoughts on that?

countrygun
02-11-2013, 00:41
So after reading the above thread a Marlin 1894C seems like a good choose.

Any thoughts on that?

The older ones are great, some don't like the newer ones, but they will run about twice your proposed budget.

I was looking for one in .37 when I ran across a Winchester "trapper" in .44 and have been very happy with it. I'd still like the Marlin though.

Nest
02-11-2013, 01:03
I've got a Marlin 1894CP and love it. The CP means it is a 16" carbine, and also it is ported. I've hit a 20 oz coke bottle at around 200 yards with open sights. I got mine last year for $300 used at a pawn shop. I'm always seeing used lever rifles at gun shops and pawn shops. I would just be patient and keep checking places for them.

NewtoConsulting
02-11-2013, 01:17
The older ones are great, some don't like the newer ones

I bet you could drop that line I into 99% of the threads on any firearms forum and it would not seem out of place. :)

If I had a chance to shoot more and ammo was available a .357 lever gun would be in my first five purchases.

OP: When you get your lever gun tell us if it is as much fun as it looks like it would be at the range.


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joecoastie
02-11-2013, 05:32
I'm looking for a lever action in .38/.357. I know very little about them but I am looking for something modern and in the price point of around $400 if that is possible.

Reason I want .38/.357 is because I already have a revolver in that caliber.

Guide me in the right direction please. :-)

I have a Marlin 1894 in .357 and would highly recommend it. As Countrygun touched on there have been a lot of reports that Marlin's quality control has suffered after being relocated and taken over by Remington. I haven't seen this first hand but I've heard it from enough sources that I would want to carefully look over any newer production Marlins. I was at a gunshow this weekend and saw a lot of leverguns in the 400ish price range, prices may vary depending on your location.

Once you get it the best upgrade I would recommend is either a Williams peep sight (have one on my .357) or XS ghost ring sights (have them on my .44). I'm a little partial to the XS' and plan to put them on my .357 eventually.

joecoastie
02-11-2013, 05:33
OP: When you get your lever gun tell us if it is as much fun as it looks like it would be at the range.
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They are! :supergrin:

Bren
02-11-2013, 06:41
My Marlin 1895G cost me $325 and the guy threw in the scope, 40-50 rounds of .45-70 ammo, about 400-500 rounds of .223 softpoints and another cheap lighted reticle scope with an AR mount. You just have to shop around. I don't know (or care) when it was made, but I haven't even wanted to use anything else for deer since I got it.

countrygun
02-11-2013, 11:31
I'd love to find a Marlin .357 for sale around here, much less at the prices people are reporting. -My Trapper AE cost me $600 like new with a Williams sight on it, and that was considered a "Fair price" considering the .44 isn't as popular s the .357 around here".

gjk5
02-11-2013, 15:20
I have an "older" Marlin 94 in .357, I paid about $425 for it, it is a great gun and fun to shoot. I have a handful of levers and prefer the Marlins to the Winchesters myself.

If you keep a close eye out you can clean up on levers and revolvers right now, everyone is ditching them cheap to get AR's and such.

rolltide_pisco
02-11-2013, 16:31
Opinions on a Rossi M92?

PLINKING.40
02-11-2013, 16:35
I always wanted a Lever action rifle, and a friend had a Win 94AE Trapper saddle ring in .38/.357 with the Tang saftey and maybe had 50 rounds through it, I ripped it off from him for $225, and it looked like it has been in a case in the safe for the last 10 years untouched....SWING.!! Batterbatter..:tongueout:

countrygun
02-11-2013, 16:47
I always wanted a Lever action rifle, and a friend had a Win 94AE Trapper saddle ring in .38/.357 with the Tang saftey and maybe had 50 rounds through it, I ripped it off from him for $225, and it looked like it has been in a case in the safe for the last 10 years untouched....SWING.!! Batterbatter..:tongueout:

Theft in the first degree

Filhar
02-11-2013, 17:09
Helps if we know where you're from. I shoot Cowboy Action, so I have a 1894 CBC .38 only limited edition Marlin. It's tripled in value since I bought it. If I was you, I'd look for a used 1894 c they're great little guns. I use a Marbles tang sight and sight it in with the small aperture and then take it out and use it as a ghost ring. You can get a large front bead for it in gold, white, or silver. Nice for hunting or plinking. Message me if you want any specifics.

G23Gen4TX
02-11-2013, 17:51
Helps if we know where you're from. I shoot Cowboy Action, so I have a 1894 CBC .38 only limited edition Marlin. It's tripled in value since I bought it. If I was you, I'd look for a used 1894 c they're great little guns. I use a Marbles tang sight and sight it in with the small aperture and then take it out and use it as a ghost ring. You can get a large front bead for it in gold, white, or silver. Nice for hunting or plinking. Message me if you want any specifics.

I'm just outside of Dallas, TX. The 1894C is the model I've been looking at. My GF wants to buy me one for my birthday next week.

Palouse
02-11-2013, 18:58
I have a lot of regrets when it comes to selling guns, but the one that pains me the most is the sale of my pre-Remington 1894 in .44. Looking for one in .357 myself, but prices are high for the JM-marked Marlins.

gruntmedik
02-11-2013, 23:50
Opinions on a Rossi M92?

I bought one last week, but haven't had the chance to shoot it yet.

rockymtnhorror
02-12-2013, 19:09
I have a pre-Remlin 1894 that I bought last summer for about $450. Absolutely love it. It prefers .357 over .38, but it's a lot of fun to shoot.

Fox
02-12-2013, 19:56
http://reloadersnest.com/frontpage.asp?CaliberID=80

Click on the link. The .38 WCF cartridge, also called the .38-40, is authentic and a much better chambering than .38 Special/.357 Magnum for lever action rifles.

Annhl8rX
02-12-2013, 20:31
http://reloadersnest.com/frontpage.asp?CaliberID=80

Click on the link. The .38 WCF cartridge, also called the .38-40, is authentic and a much better chambering than .38 Special/.357 Magnum for lever action rifles.

That may be true, but .38/.357 is much easier to find.

JimBianchi
02-12-2013, 21:10
Opinions on a Rossi M92?

I've had my M92/16in for only 2 weeks but I love it.

It has handled a variety of 38/38+p and 357 mag ammo with gusto. The 158gn .357mag was the first thing I shot and the open sights proved to be dead-on perfect at 50yrs, right out of the box.

The action was very stiff, much less so after 100rds, so I sat in front of the TV (watching Bonanza episodes) and worked the lever for an hour or so a day, for four days, maybe 5,000 actions.

I packed the action with jewelers metal polish, worked it a bunch, cleaned it thoroughly after each 1,000 actions.

I also ran my snap caps a few hundred times for dry fire.

The Rossi now feels like my old Marlin 336C and at 1/2 the cost.

Aceman
02-12-2013, 21:43
Can't hate on the Rossi. It's available and cheap.

Nest
02-12-2013, 23:16
I keep seeing people mention pre-remington marlins. When did Remington take over Marlin? I think my lever rifle was made between 2000 and 2002.

G23Gen4TX
02-13-2013, 00:06
So a marlin is hard to find and a bit more expensive than what we want to spend. What M92 Rossi in .357 is recommended?

Fox
02-13-2013, 11:07
That may be true, but .38/.357 is much easier to find.

Get a Lyman 310 reloading tool. It looks like a nutcracker with dies and it fits in a shoebox. You can roll your own.

It's a good idea to be reloading anyway.

Fox
02-13-2013, 11:10
So a marlin is hard to find and a bit more expensive than what we want to spend. What M92 Rossi in .357 is recommended?

Save your money, put in some over time hours at work because Winchester is going to reintroduce the 1873 Winchester carbine later this year. It's the smoothest lever action ever made.

I also advise .38 WCF chambering.

G23Gen4TX
02-13-2013, 11:14
Save your money, put in some over time hours at work because Winchester is going to reintroduce the 1873 Winchester carbine later this year. It's the smoothest lever action ever made.

I also advise .38 WCF chambering.

I understand your recommendation but I'm looking for .357 because I have a revolver at the caliber and it is easy to find.

G23Gen4TX
03-06-2013, 11:45
So I've decided on a Rossi model R92.

- Should I get a blued finish or stainless steel?

- Octagonal or round barrel?

- 20" or 24" barrel?

I'm having a hard time deciding.

countrygun
03-06-2013, 12:28
So I've decided on a Rossi model R92.

- Should I get a blued finish or stainless steel?

- Octagonal or round barrel?

- 20" or 24" barrel?

I'm having a hard time deciding.

24" you might as well have 30-30 I like 16s for pistol rounds. But I sppose a 20 is OK

If you aren't going to be carrying a lot, the octagon barrels on a lever gun just "Hang" on the target so nicely.

JimBianchi
03-06-2013, 14:20
My m92 is a 16in round barrel .357. Sweet shooter.

Getready4it
03-06-2013, 19:25
So I've decided on a Rossi model R92.

- Should I get a blued finish or stainless steel?

- Octagonal or round barrel?

- 20" or 24" barrel?

I'm having a hard time deciding.

I have both 1894c and a 24" octagon barrel Rossi. The Rossi is a pure joy to shoot as well as being a tack driver. The .357 really comes to life out of a rifle as compared to a revolver. I purchased the Marlin after the Rossi because it was the one I originally wanted but never could find one. The Rossi is the one that gets the most use. The 24" oct. barrel was a last minute decision that I do not regret at all.