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Looking for a lever action in .357/.38

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by G23Gen4TX, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. G23Gen4TX

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    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. :)
     
  2. countrygun

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  3. G23Gen4TX

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    So after reading the above thread a Marlin 1894C seems like a good choose.

    Any thoughts on that?
     
  4. countrygun

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    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.
     
  5. Nest

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    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.
     
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  6. NewtoConsulting

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    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.


    Posted using Outdoor Hub Campfire
     
  7. joecoastie

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    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.
     
  8. joecoastie

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    They are! :supergrin:
     
  9. Bren

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    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.
     
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  10. countrygun

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    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".
     
  11. gjk5

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    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.
     
  12. PLINKING.40

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    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:
     
  13. countrygun

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    Theft in the first degree
     
  14. Filhar

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    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.
     
  15. G23Gen4TX

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    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.
     
  16. Palouse

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    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.
     
  17. gruntmedik

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    I bought one last week, but haven't had the chance to shoot it yet.
     
  18. 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.