Want a 357 rifle. Advise, please.

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  1. MadCityJack

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    Currently, I have 3 glocks (two 19s and a 43) and a 357 stainless security six, 4" barrel, that my range shooter friend refers to as the "Resolver." I also have 2 22 rifles, a semiautomatic and a stainless bolt action. I would like to add a 357 rifle to the collection. I had a Marlin 30-30 lever gun from the 70s, but that was sold along with as 73 Fender Precision bass during a tough time over 30 years ago. (Gratefully, times have changed!) I don't believe I want to put a scope on the 357 given the inherent ballistic issues, but like having the option. So, if I were to choose a lever action, needs to be a side ejection. Why do I want it? Just want a bit more versatility and want to keep it simple and fun. Survivalist thinking is always in the background of my mind. If you have had the opportunity to compare different rifles in this caliber, would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!
     
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    With Ohio allowing rifles in straight walled cartridges recently, this question has been common around here.
    While I do like lever guns, the .357 rifle I keep going back too is the Ruger 77/357. Light and handy. Synthetic and stainless. The only thing that would make it better for me is a threaded muzzle.
     
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    I have an IMI Timber Wolf pump I really like and would like to get a Rossi lever action.
     
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    I see Ohio is still being irrational about deer hunting calibers. 444 Marlin and 45-70 are OK, but 30-30 is illegal. What is the point of that? And they left 10mm off the list too. That sure looks like a straight walled cartridge to me.

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    http://ohiodnr.gov/news/post/ohio-wildlife-council-approves-2014-2015-hunting-regulations
     
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    You expect a government to be rational? Just conform to the law and move along, citizen.
     
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    That's an interesting idea. I'm gonna go to the Ruger website and drool over it. I wonder how fun it is to shoot .38 special in it :)

     
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    The rules have always been nonsense. For years if a coyote and a deer were standing beside eachother, you could shoot the coyote with a 30-06, but the deer had to be a shotgun slug.
    They just allowed straight walled rifles, but the list is stupid. Probably more 10mm shooters than 50-110 or 45WinMag.
     
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    It should be a 16.25" barrel to make it a bit shorter and lighter. The last few inches are wasted anyway from a ballistic standpoint.
     
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    It would be interesting to test heavy bullets with 2400 powder.
     
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    I've had the marlin, Winchester and Rossi lever guns in 357/38.

    My early 1980's Marlin is the best of the bunch. Occasionally I see them for sale and would like a second.

    Prices are crazy now, but so worth it.
     
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    I have a Marlin 357 and it killed every deer that got in front of it. I loaded 158gr XTP FP's with a max load of LIL Gun. The 158gr. is a good combination of velocity and weight, never recovered a bullet.
     
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    A Rossi 1892 in SS would be my first choice, but I would have the above gunsmith touch up the action or follow his instructions and do it myself. A friend of mine has one and once he took it down and carefully cleaned up burrs etc it is the slickest little carbine I have ever shot.
     
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    image.jpeg I have a 1/2.dozen .357mag rifles, my favorite caliber.

    This one is my favorite
     
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    image.jpeg .......this one is also my favorite
     
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    Supposedly it's a range argument. Even a 45-70 is basically only a 200 yard cartridge? Don't know why 10mm would be left off the list.

    http://www.wideopenspaces.com/straight-wall-hunting-comes-ohio/
     
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    The Timber Wolf is a sweet little rifle. I've got two .44 mags and two nickel .357's. The stock is easily detachable; makes it a bit easier to pack. You'll likely have to go on Gunbroker to find one though.
     
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    Don't own one.
    But If I wanted a 357 Mag lever action?
    Henry Lever Action Big Boy Carbine .357 Magnum
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    The Henry appears to be well made. I shot a .357 Big Boy a few weeks ago. I don't care for the loading setup. The Rossi 92 is the one that piques my interest. Especially in stainless.
     
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