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Someday a .45lc lever action will show up for me. I should have bought one 40 yrs ago. (I should have bought a lot back then). Better yet 60+ yrs ago. Those were the deals.
 

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^ Great post mr00jimbo! I've been primarily a Winchester man all my life, with a few Marlins thrown in for variety. Your assessments are spot on.

A question if you will- how well do your 44 mag Marlins shoot and what bullet weights do they prefer? I had one in the 80s and couldn't get it to group with anything but 180s. I'd like to try one of the later, Ballard rifled 44s but at current prices, it better shoot well.
 

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^ Great post mr00jimbo! I've been primarily a Winchester man all my life, with a few Marlins thrown in for variety. Your assessments are spot on.

A question if you will- how well do your 44 mag Marlins shoot and what bullet weights do they prefer? I had one in the 80s and couldn't get it to group with anything but 180s. I'd like to try one of the later, Ballard rifled 44s but at current prices, it better shoot well.
thank you! I’ve never benched it for accuracy officially but I’ve only used 240 gr ammo through it. It’s minute of water bottle from at least 40 yards! I think the 24” barrel helps
 
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They are all decent other than a few years of the more modern marlins..I dont know what happened but after someone bought them a few years back their quality control went way down..I think currently its ok. in most not all now of your Henrys they are tube loaded...they did come out with a side loader too though...but thats not what they have in .38/.357 the side loader is 30-30/35 Remington/38-55 the rest are tube..and I dont mind tube for regular target and hunting use...
If you get a older or newer Marlin and by newer I mean last couple years... youre fine or a older Winchester...

I have a older Rossi Puma in .357 its ok but if id been able to find one id rather have had the Winchester.

Right now if I was looking at a lever action if I was looking 30-30 id get the Marlin or Henry side loader

If I wanted some other hunting or even varmint round like say predator hunting id get the Henry Long Ranger in .223 or 6.5

BUT if I had the $$ and I just wanted something nice id get the Winchester
 

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Since the OP stated he's "needing" a lever gun in .357 magnum, the ONE that 'screams' "BUY ME!!" is the Marlin 1894CB in .357 magnum.

I haven't bought it (yet!), but, it's on my short list.

That octagonal barrel is just sexy. (That's why I own several octagonal barreled Marlin and Shiloh Sharps rifles!) :)

https://www.marlinfirearms.com/lever-action/model-1894/model-1894cb
If I couldnt get a Winchester this is what id have ;) with a nice receiver mounted Williams or similar Peep Sight and globe front sight
 

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I like tang sights on my lever guns. I do have some Williams aperture sights, but I prefer the tang. This one has a Hadley adjustable eyecup.
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On the waiting list for the rifle I have waiting for a long time. Henry .357/.38 Big Boy steel with side gate. Hopefully not too long. Can load traditionally and unload completely safe.

 

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I love how OP says he is going .357 and he gets a lot of other caliber suggestions.
Well everyone knows that a 357 isn't even good for hunting bunny rabbits. You need a 45-70 for a sure kill. . . Anything else is a waste of lead and gun powder.

At least that's what all the 45-70 owners tell me.

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Well everyone knows that a 357 isn't even good for hunting bunny rabbits. You need a 45-70 for a sure kill. . . Anything else is a waste of lead and gun powder.

At least that's what all the 45-70 owners tell me.

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The 10mm fanboys say the same thing .
 

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I have a Rossi 92 in 44 as well as a Winchester/Miroku 1892 and Marlin 1894. The Marlin offers the best option for mounting an optical sight and felt recoil is much less with the 1894
than the 1892's. The 1892's are easier to carry. Fit and finish on the Winchester/Miroku is better than the Rossi 1892, but I don't really have any functional complaints about the Rossi.

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