i don't think it is ever going to get "cheaper" to buy a lever action .357 (forget the "Mare's leg) IMO correctly fed and used it is not the worst HD gun by a long shot (pardon the pun) and it leaves the door open for a good .357 handgun like the Ruger.
If it were me, and I was given $1,000 and your list, I would find a nice "Pre-crossbolt" Marlin carbine, (or get a Crossbolt if you must and the kit to neuter it, but get a "pre Remlin"),and put the change back for a .357 revolver.
ETA: Get the Express receiver sight set for the carbine.
"Oh bother" said Pooh, as he punched the magazine release...
In some peoples minds "What if?" is just as real as What Is.
Think good thoughts about Ronny moving to the Netherlands ASAP
Last edited by countrygun; 10-09-2012 at 16:14..