I have a Marlin 357mag lever gun and let me tell you. That thing rocks! It'll shoot just about any semi and/or full hallow point round and hand loading gives it much potential. I loaded some 110 grain Gold Dots in 357 and short a big ol fat squirrel in my ma's corral from about 60 yards, just flipped the rear sight down and aimed between the sight screws and that fat booger did a couple of cart wheel in the air. Went down and found him completely hollowed out. I think all the other squirrels saw that and just packed up and left as Ma had a squirrel investation up until that time. 125 grain Gold Dots exploded water jugs. Anyway, if one is utilitarian minded, 357 mag/38 spec may be more flexible.
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