What rifle should I buy?

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  1. Berto

    Berto woo woo

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    I know you're not keen on the Henry levers, but the long ranger might fill your want for a lever gun and offer a farther reaching turn bolt caliber selection.
     
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  2. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    I like Henrys, just don't care for the Big Boys. Way heavier than they need to be. But the Long Ranger with iron sights is an interesting option in 223 or 308. Don't know much about the 6.5. .
     
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  3. plp

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    I'm with the others, a semi auto in .308 is the only major hole in your lineup.

    Then again, for me, I'd just opt for more ammo. I can outfit everyone I know and have a few extras in rifles and handguns, so I'm good across the board for shootin' iron, but you can never have too much ammo.
     
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  4. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    I have a good 30 or mumble mumble thousand rounds stashed away. Most of it collected over three decades. . About half is rimfire (22LR & Mag).

    Bring on the zombies!
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    Even had my Glock upgraded for Zombie combat.
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  5. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    My 444
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    And a 265 grain Hornady Superformance (L) versus a 300 grain Buffalo Bore (R) with a "Heavy" 180 grain 357 mag (M) for comparison
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  6. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    I'm liking the idea of a Long Ranger in 308. . . .
    A 308 + lever gun in one package.

    Of course I'll have to wait until the COVID19 gun buying panic is over.
     
  7. Colt M-4

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    The one that Steve McQueen used in Tom Horn,or the one in Nevada 2150123731_d6824ac460.jpg Smith would be cool also.
     
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  8. collim1

    collim1 5ft of fury. The champ is back!

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    You have leverguns pretty well covered. If you feel the urge for a bolt action with irons I would seriously consider a millsurp.

    k98, 1903, 1917, Mosin Nagant. Take your pick. Lots of fun to be had with any of those rifles.
     
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    JM Marlin 1894 in .44Mag based on your criteria.

    you can use the buckhorn sights or add a nice ghost ring from either Skinner or XS.

    I have one with Skinner sights, nice setup and a deadly 100 yard deer rifle. F6797D79-F8E7-4386-B606-EB706C22A0C3.jpeg
     
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  10. MajorD

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    Put the money on the side, be patient and look for a good shooting condition original Winchester antique. I have shot and used many levers in my day but nothing compares to holding and shooting history.
     
  11. seamaster

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    It’s hard to tell what you’re really looking for - but what about one of these:
    https://ruger.com/products/no1/specSheets/21317.html

    Listing the higher end lever guns suggests you want something that has some pride of ownership and I’m guessing pretty walnut.

    How’d I do?
     
  12. ironhead7544

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    I would go with the Uberti 1873 in 44 Magnum. Hunt old style.

    Use light load for practice. The 1873 is just fun to shoot.
     
  13. byf43

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    Very curious why you're not interested in .45-70.

    The .45-70 is one of my absolute favorite cartridges/calibers to shoot and reload for.
    Accurate, no, VERY accurate.

    I'm so hooked on the cartridge, I own 4 rifles chambered for it, and got my youngest son hooked on the cartridge, he now owns two!

    With that said, a Marlin 1894 in .44 magnum is a hoot-to-shoot.
    Like a fool, I sold an older 1894S in .44 magnum, but, made up for it by buying a (NIB) JM proofed 1894CB (cowboy) in .44 magnum.

    It's one of the last JM guns, and it's a beaut. (There's just 'something' about octagonal barrels that gets the old juices flowing!) The action was a little tight, but, after some internal polishing, the action is as slick as snot on a doorknob.

    IF you're not wanting another levergun, look into a K98k, M1 Garand, M1A, AR-308, or (and I can't believe I'm actually saying this) a Mosin Nagant. (Personally, I have NO use for a Rooskie rifle!)

    So many firearms........... so many choices......... so much fun trying to decide.
     
  14. dbuck47

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    A few sort of outside your inquiry suggestions:

    Browning Lever Action .22 This is a delightful little.22 with a unique short throw action.

    Pre safety Winchester 1894 Trapper in .45 Colt. Handy and fun! I am not a proponent of hot rodding the .45 in small lever actions (94/92). Others with more experience may, but I just enjoy it for accurately lobbing thumb size bullets from a handy little rifle.

    Any of the various 92 reproductions also in .45 Colt.

    M1A1- checks off a bunch of boxes

    Ruger Gunsite Scout in .308 or 6.5. My preference would be.308. Bolt action, good iron sights, very versatile.

    Pre safety Winchester 1894 Trapper in .44 Magnum.

    About the.44: they don’t kick anymore than.30/30. They are cool to have if you have a .44 revolver, but as you said, they don’t really do anything you can’t do with the.30/30, and the.30/30 has a bit more range.
     
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    Don't forget the Swiss K-31, in my opinion the best bolt action milsurp made. And don't diss the Mosin, while not a sub MOA, will still ring steel at 300 yards all day long.
     
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    I've never shot a Ruger #1 but that is a beautiful rifle.
     
  17. wjv

    wjv RIP Stan Lee.. . .

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    Because I already have a 444 Marlin (JM). Given where I live the 444 has plenty of power for any critter in the lower 48 except for a few tiny areas where Grizzlys still live.
     
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    Intriguing...and congratulations on your new job, wjv - all success to you!

    I'm a relative newbie - I'd been shooting my 10/22 (first love, first firearm) for several months; I tried to get out to a range at least twice monthly, prior to the present. When I went to my local gun shop (Turners) and asked for suggestions on a more powerful rifle, they suggested the Ruger American Predator in 6.5 Creedmoor.

    I was intimidated at first, frankly - 6.5 Creedmoor is not .22LR, but as I handled it more, I became more comfortable, and really enjoyed the bolt action. Not sure if this would interest you - the Predator is about $600 or less; I did put a Vortex scope and bipod on it, so it's a bit heavier than when I bought it, but not that much.

    The friend in Utah that got me into shooting recently got a Springfield M21A Douglas Tactical Barrel (.308); he said I could shoot it on my next visit...I told him I felt unworthy, as I'm really still learning - I'm scheduled for a 2-day 'General Rifle' class next month (not sure if it will be cancelled). I have a Mini 14 on order, as I wanted a semiautomatic to go with the rimfire and bolt action I have, and where I live, AR's are....complicated

    Enjoy your new purchase when you make your choice!
     
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    If you don't hunt, I don't see a reason to get a .30-30. Ditto for the .444, and it will kick like nobody's business.

    I've had a couple .44 carbines, Ruger 96 & a Deerfield. Kick isn't much of an issue. Unless you are in just a t-shirt shooting from the bench.

    But if you don't hunt, unless you just want one, no need for a .44.

    I'd go with a Winchester 92 Short Rifle or Cimarron 1873 Short Rifle in .357. Short Rifles are more attractive IMHO than carbines and you don't have one yet. Get whichever you like most.
     
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    The K-31 is a good rifle.
    The Mosin and other Rooskie rifles...... you can have them. I have ZERO desire to own any of 'em. Yes, I did own a Russian SKS several years ago, when they were "all the rage", but, I never fired it. It sat in the back of my safe, until I got off my butt and sold it.