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Thread: 38/357 and 44 lever guns 16"

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    38/357 and 44 lever guns 16"

    A little out of touch of the current offerings

    I have a good supply of hot loaded .44 mag (my dad loaded it) and I will never shoot this out of handgun.

    I also have a good supply of jacketed .38 and some .357

    plus I have reloading supplies for these calibers.

    I always wanted a Winchester 16" 44 mag Trapper or possibly a Wrangler (not sure on the BIG OL WIN LOOP) especially in the 90s when they were tac-ing them out back then.

    I never went in that direction as the writings (pre net) was the preference of no cross bolt safety but IIRC, there was no offerings in 16" pistol calibers.

    I would like to put a low mounted red dot and the railed receivers are inviting but I dont want to buy the wrong one the first time.

    I have recently read negatives on both current issue Marlin 1894SBL in 44 or 357 and Henry X Big Boy in the same calibers. More along the lines you might get lucky and get a good one to include the opposite.

    Can you offer opinions on 16" offerings in 44 and 357?

    if I need to start looking for older and opt away from a railed receiver, I hope someone makes a optic mount.

    The purpose of these will be plinking and general home/truck protection.

    I was looking at Browning B92 but it appears they only come in 20" and I would prefer the handier shorter barrel.

    I like the Marlin 1894SBL but damn.... pricing sure went up.

    thanks in advance
    Last edited by SW CQB 45; 11-11-20 at 02:09.

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    I have heard more positive about Marlin offerings in the last few years. Iíd say that as long as you can lay hands on the gun before purchase, then you can make the call.

    Now if you have some patience, there are the older JB marked guns to be had (although theyíre not all perfect either). The 1894 in .44Mag arenít hard to find. Stainless and big levers might bring a bit more of a premium.

    The last gun Iíll ever give up is my 1894c in .38/.357 with Williams peep sights. Itís just so much fun! Absolutely my favorite. It wears a Burris FastFire right now, but Airdus Industries has made some prototypes to mount a red dot low with peeps built in (same as their shotgun mounts). That should be some good stuff.


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    Great info. Your right, internet purchases might be a risk.

    I would like to see pics if your 1894c. At your convenience, can you post or PM for email addy to view.

    I have not attended any gun shows in quite a while... need to find some.

    Thanks and Take care

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    Dbl tap
    Last edited by SW CQB 45; 11-11-20 at 07:29.

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    I only had a chance to shoot a Henry 44 mag once, it wasn't my rifle, but that was a sweet shooting gun. Very accurate, good action. I've only ever heard good things about the new Henry's, and that's what I'd buy if I were in the market for a lever gun in .357 or .44

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    I like .357 lever guns. They will boost a hotter 158gr load (like Underwood) to ~ 1850-1900fps from a 16" barrel (a 125gr will hit maybe 2100fps). They will also shoot flatter than a .44 Mag one with less recoil. Currently I have a 16" Puma carbine with a rear peep sight. Sweet little gun!
    Last edited by ABNAK; 11-20-20 at 21:27.
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