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.
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^ 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.
If I couldnt get a Winchester this is what id have with a nice receiver mounted Williams or similar Peep Sight and globe front sightSince 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!)
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.I love how OP says he is going .357 and he gets a lot of other caliber suggestions.