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Last fall I bought about 140 acres of land, mostly wooded but some of it was used for farming so there are some flat areas/fields that span out a few hundred yards... Anyway on semi-warm days I like to walk the property line and basically just explore. I have been packing my S&W R8 357 on my side along w/ my AR... (yes, thats right an ar-15 on a ranch...) Don't have many neighbors closeby but still would like to get a good levergun to pack around the woods and farm and leave my ar at home. Any recomendations?
I realize there is the accuracy issue, and I'm not sure how well those leverevolution rounds hornady came out w/ helped out any, but I figured I could get a 357 lever to match my wheelgun anyway.
 

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Nothin wrong with packin the AR around. Dont know lever gunsenough to give a recomendation. I think the marlin 1894 would be a good on though
 

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Get the marlin .357 levergun. Goes with your revolver and hits almost as hard as a 30-30 with the right loads. Can also shoot those little 125 grainers zinging out to tag coyotes and fox with authority
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Last fall I bought about 140 acres of land, mostly wooded but some of it was used for farming so there are some flat areas/fields that span out a few hundred yards... Anyway on semi-warm days I like to walk the property line and basically just explore. I have been packing my S&W R8 357 on my side along w/ my AR... (yes, thats right an ar-15 on a ranch...) Don't have many neighbors closeby but still would like to get a good levergun to pack around the woods and farm and leave my ar at home. Any recomendations?
I realize there is the accuracy issue, and I'm not sure how well those leverevolution rounds hornady came out w/ helped out any, but I figured I could get a 357 lever to match my wheelgun anyway.
i have a henry in 30/30, marlin in 44mag 20in, and recently acquired a winchester 1892 in 44mag that weighs 6.5 pds. they'll all get the job done and you can get them all in 357 to match your 6 shooter, but none will do it as beautifully as the winchester. more expensive, but an absolutely spectacular rifle.

http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/catalog/detail.asp?family=022C&mid=534162
 

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If you can find a Marlin 1894 with a 16'' barrel, those are the 'cats pajamas'. I found one in .45colt, stainless, with Williams firesights. It handles like a sportscar, it is on my 'never sell' list. Firing from prone it will drill a hole through a 8'' gong at 100yds.
 

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What kind of game is on your property?

If you got deer and black bear, consider getting a Marlin 336 chambered in .30-30.

Do not mount a scope, they ruin the balance and ergonomics of a saddle gun. Better to get the aperature (peep) sights from Marbles or Lyman. The buckhorn sights are good too.

http://www.marblearms.com/
https://www.vintagegunsights.com/
http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/sights/
plus a scope on a lever is just plain ugly. thinking about a marble myself.
 

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Lever guns are awesome. Pistol ctg. lever guns have a decent capacity, are easy to reload and you don't need to waste money on mags. The .357Mag is good on deer size game out to 100 yrds or so and like you said, you can feed your revolver and rifle from one ammo box. Best thing you can do is get a Williams or Lyman receiver sight, gives you a longer sight radius and makes it real easy to get on target with a peep rear and gold dot front. I say go for the lever gun.
 

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The Marlin 1894 in a short version would be perfect fo a ranch gun. I had an 1894P in .44 that was handy and accurate.
 

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Do not mount a scope, they ruin the balance and ergonomics of a saddle gun. Better to get the aperature (peep) sights from Marbles or Lyman. The buckhorn sights are good too.

http://www.marblearms.com/
https://www.vintagegunsights.com/
http://www.lymanproducts.com/lyman/sights/
+1 on the Marble's Tang sights. I like the Marble's sights better than the Lyman because of the added windage adjustment. Here's my Winchester '94 Trapper in 45 Colt.





What I did was install the Marble's peep sight, removed the buckhorn sight and then replace with a folding leaf sight. That way you can sight the peep in for longer distances and the folding leaf for close up shooting. I plan on installing a ramped gold bead for a front sight for greater visibility.

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plus a scope on a lever is just plain ugly.

It might be ugly, but, with that 2-7x, at least I can see what I'm shootin' at, now.
(Gettin' older and having a scratched cornea sux!)


Marlin 1895G in .45-70

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To the OP, the Marlin 1894 in .357 is one dandy little levergun!! The 1894CB with octagonal barrel comes in .357 and .44 magnum and have a 20" barrel.
Gorgeous leverguns!!!
 

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cant go wrong with a marlin 30-30.
Ammo is easily found, inexpensive and effective.
 

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I have a Marlin 1894 in .357 and it has been my favorite rifle to shoot. It is light and handy. Accurate to 100 yards with the stock sights, like others have said a good set of peep sights would extend the range. Don't quote me but if I remember correctly the capacity is 9+1? Recoils like a .22 and likem others have said with the right load can approach the power of true rifle calibers. You can get bigger calibers but that just means a heavier gun. For a light, handy, accurate ranch rifle the .357 marlin lever gun fits the role to a T.
 

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I realize there is the accuracy issue, and I'm not sure how well those leverevolution rounds hornady came out w/ helped out any, but I figured I could get a 357 lever to match my wheelgun anyway.
Leverevolution ammo is worth every penny. MUCH more accurate than other factory ammo. I have a Marlin 336 in 30-30 with a Lyman peep sight and can shoot accurately out to 325yds. I then switched to remington and winchester ammo and couldn't hit the broad side of a barn at that distance.
 

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Hard to beat a levergun in 30/30. Winchester '94 is my choice but Marlin is a close second. With the Lever Revolution and the Barnes Ammo these rounds are accurate and powerful out to 150yds. I really like the hollow point Barnes. Great expanding bullet design. I also keep a Henry 22Mag in a scabbard when I am horse back. Easy round to control follow up shots in the saddle.
If you have a .357 pistol then a .357 lever would be a good option as well. Get a leather buttstock pouch and carry ammo for both.
 

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I second the Marlin 1894 in .357 Magnum. My carbine was fun to shoot with .38's and .357 but it was a little expensive to shoot. If I get another one, it'll be one of the exclusive models with Hi-Viz sights and short barrels, probably in 30-30.
 

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I'm a big fan of the Marlin 1894. Also, the 336 is an American classic by any account. I want a .45-70 for my purposes (although the .44 mag I have now works just fine), but if you're talking about a couple hundred yard shots, don't forget to take a look at one chambered in .308 Marlin Express. Ammo might be slim pickins, but it's essentially a rimmed .308 round. Food for thought.

http://www.marlinfirearms.com/Firearms/xlr/308MXLR.asp
 
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