Not a lever guy but the two that appeal to me are a 357 mag and a 38-55.
I'd go lever over bolt for what you're describing.Since I have reitred I've stopped shooting guns centered around my police job. Meaning slowed down on my semis, hand gun and long gun, and picking up more on revolvers.
The one gap in my collection is a long gun that isn't semi auto. Basically I am looking for a plinker that could work as a hunting rifle, probably boar/pig because there are plenty around here, and if needed home defense. I've probably got a half a dozen guns I can use before it got used but just case.
I have it narrowed down to a Ruger Scout, left hand of course and a lever gun in .357 most likely although other calibers are a maybe. .357 makes sense because I reload for it.
What does the hive think.
Still in California. Plenty of pig around here and plenty of public land where you can get pig tags cheap and plentiful. State Parks about 5 miles from me traps and kills them in a heavily used state park.Are you no longer in CA, or do you actually have boar/pig there?
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I had fun with mine while I had it.All of your ideas are good, solidly researched arms that work for you.
When I was thinking along the same lines, I purchased a CZ527 (carbine sized mini Mauser action) chambered in 7.62 X 39. The chamber is optimized for steel case ammo, and that is where my rifle's zero is. The groups are very nice. But, my first batch of reloads shoots even tighter, just an inch and a half high and to the right.
The recoil is such that I put a hundred rounds through it without flinching one day (and the next day I wished I'd only shot thirty).
Learn something new everyday, thanks for the info.Still in California. Plenty of pig around here and plenty of public land where you can get pig tags cheap and plentiful. State Parks about 5 miles from me traps and kills them in a heavily used state park.
They don't make left hand. If they had i would have bought one long ago.I've shot both the ruger scout and the styer scout . If you have the means the styer scout is the best. Styer has expanded the scout with more clambering options they offer 7mm08 and 6.5 creedmore now. Unfortunately I dont believe they do a left hand but I could be wrong.
That is one neat setup!!I bought a used Marlin 94 in 44 mag and killed bunch of deer with it. I was jonesing for for one in 357 to go with my new/old Ruger Security Six. I ran across a rather obscure pump gun instead, an IMI Tiberwolf. It's kind of a cool rifle and much quicker to handle than my lever actions. Good luck finding one and yeah I'm bragging a bit.
Oh, and it breaks down