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Wolfgang
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Posted - Aug 03 2012 :  22:47:18  Show Profile  Visit Wolfgang's Homepage Send Wolfgang a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If I had to choose a modern one, it would be the 1895 Marlin Cowboy in .45-70 although the 336 is a well proven workhorse.

Semi-modern would be the 1899 Savage, first chamber choice would be the .358win, second .300sav

Not really a choice but the 1895 Win Teddy Roosevelt had in .405win would get my attention.

Can't say I have a single "favorite" because I like 'em bigbores especially if they got enough barrel length to burn real powder ... but on the other hand, a stubby buring nitro is good medicine for working the scrubs & swamps. For smaller game, the .38-55 and larger game the .40-82 are good choices for those of us who like nostalgia.


Carry the battle to them. Don't let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don't ever apologize for anything."
Harry S. Truman
mark@fire-iron.biz


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Wee_Man
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27 Posts

Posted - Aug 03 2012 :  23:46:31  Show Profile Send Wee_Man a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My actual favorite cartridge would be the .375 win caliber that was introduced in 1978 basically a modern version of the 38-55 but thats becaue i own one and harvested my first buck with it and then my second then my fourth. I love all big bore's though and basically all lever guns. I've packed them into the deer wood's ever sense i started hunting and come this Nov. i will do it again.
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eric2381
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Canada
2029 Posts

Posted - Aug 03 2012 :  23:48:46  Show Profile Send eric2381 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've got a few lever actions of different makes and models and chamberings. I really like my Marlin 1895 45-70, but my favorite is my Browning pistol grip BLR in 243 win. It is a great truck gun and I've killed alot of coyotes with it.

I've never saw a hearse with a luggage rack....
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jighead45
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USA
193 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2012 :  02:15:21  Show Profile Send jighead45 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Marlin 336 and 35 Remington go together like pizza and beer.


Your reputation far exceeds your skill level.
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Wee_Man
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27 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2012 :  03:09:47  Show Profile Send Wee_Man a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Jighead45, i have 3 family member's who hunt whitetails with that exact gun and cartridge. They all like it very well, and it simply works for them.
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Bobo7mmmag
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2587 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2012 :  09:32:09  Show Profile Send Bobo7mmmag a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Marlin 1894 44 Mag with it's 20 inch barrel is short and light weight.
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SWABBY56
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USA
737 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2012 :  14:17:45  Show Profile Send SWABBY56 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A Marlin 336 chambered in 444 marlin. What a gun......
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crimedog_132
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USA
149 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2012 :  18:39:45  Show Profile Send crimedog_132 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Gonna have to be the Marlin 336rc chambered in 35 rem. It was my first gun when i turned 11 and I have always loved it. Sad to think I got it 25 years ago now.
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Mike70560
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USA
310 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2012 :  19:23:48  Show Profile  Visit Mike70560's Homepage Send Mike70560 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My next one will be Turnbull's 1886s in 475 Turnbull.

Mike
New Iberia, LA
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ethmoid1999
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USA
3684 Posts

Posted - Aug 04 2012 :  19:24:45  Show Profile Send ethmoid1999 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Crimedog. You're just a youngster. My first was a Model 12 Winchester when I was eight. Fifty four years ago.... :)
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DocHolladay
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USA
1299 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2012 :  02:06:40  Show Profile Send DocHolladay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I only have two levers. A 1969 made Win. 94 in .30-30 and a Ruger 96/44 in .44 mag. I like them both, but really like the size of the Ruger.

Welcome to Tennessee, the patron state of shooting stuff!
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Wee_Man
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27 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2012 :  04:57:59  Show Profile Send Wee_Man a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Its just always so great to be reminded how many lever action still have a place out their, myself i couldn't imagine heading into the deer woods each morning with anything else!
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crash
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206 Posts

Posted - Aug 05 2012 :  09:22:17  Show Profile Send crash a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am with fly. I have 4 Marlin 336's in 35 Rem .
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gunslinger
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242 Posts

Posted - Aug 06 2012 :  09:38:39  Show Profile Send gunslinger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've had 5 lever guns over the years. A pre 64 Winchester in 30/30, a pre microgrove Marlin in 30/30, A post Marlin without the lawyer safety in 30/30, a Marlin 39A made in 1952, and now a new Henry Golden Boy. The Henrys lever seems to be on ball bearings. The only thing I dislike about the Henry is it isn't drilled for a scope. Henry however makes a scope mount that takes the place of the rear sight. All 5 are rock solid.
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Kansas Ed
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USA
1206 Posts

Posted - Aug 06 2012 :  22:43:12  Show Profile  Visit Kansas Ed's Homepage Send Kansas Ed a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My kind of topic. My hobby is levers...more specifically Winchester pre-war. IMO the 1886 was the finest handling rifle ever built. If I was limited to one, it would be the 1886. While the 71 Winchester is a fine rifle in it's own right, and carries a similar action to the 1886 (different locking lug angles), the buttstock isn't conducive to recoil like the 1886. And trust me, the model 71 long tang rifle will make strong men whimper with full house loads on the bench.

As for caliber (and I haven't owned a 38 caliber in one of these, but all others), I would lean toward the 40-82. With cast bullets it's a stomper.

Ed

Are we there yet???
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