The lack of lever action rifles with pistol grips


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357mag357
December 2, 2008, 03:05 PM
Why donít manufactures make lever action rifles with pistol grips chambered in 357mag and 44mag? The only one I saw was Winchester and they stopped making the Model 94. I just like the look of the pistol grip better. I know I could find a used one but I want new.

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Dr. Fresh
December 2, 2008, 03:23 PM
Marlin leverguns have pistol grip stocks. Most of them anyway.

rbernie
December 2, 2008, 03:41 PM
That is true for the Model 30/36/336 rifles sized for full-length cartridges, but not for the 1895 models chambered in the revolver chamberings. There was a very limited run of Marlin 1895s in 44 Magnum with a pistol grip, and finding one has been a quest of mine for a while.

JImbothefiveth
December 2, 2008, 03:47 PM
I'm thinking he's talking about an AR style pistol grip. Is that correct? If so, it's because those would make it hard to operate the lever.

rcmodel
December 2, 2008, 03:51 PM
No, he's talking a curved pistol grip & lever like a Marlin 39A, or 336, or Winchester 64/65/71, etc..

He wants a curved "rifle style" stock & lever instead of a straight carbine type.

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jmr40
December 2, 2008, 03:57 PM
The curved lever and pistol grip add bulk and weight to the gun. The smaller receivers on the pistol caliber carbines and more trim size just look better in my opinion with the straight grip. The pistol grip works better on the heavier recoiling 45-70's and 444's, but I still prefer the straight grip even on the bigger guns.

rcmodel
December 2, 2008, 04:03 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Personally I think the small action Winchester 92 based 65 .218 Bee is a mighty fine looking lever-gun.

http://homesteadfirearms.com/cart2/cartimages/product/405winwl.jpg

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dagger dog
December 2, 2008, 04:49 PM
Most of the pistol caliber carbines are being sold to CAS shooters and they want the straight stocks to replicate the ones used in most of the western movies.

Just about all of those rifles were 1894 Winchesters regardless of the era in which the movie was to have taken place.

Really those old timers wanted the pistol grip stocks also, Marlin and Winchester were glad to sell them as the models sold with the pistol grips made both companys more money.

Even then as now demand drives the market and the demand for the
"cowboy" rifles out sell the others.

Look at the 336 Marlins they are some fine rifles.

rbernie
December 2, 2008, 04:52 PM
Personally I think the small action Winchester 92 based 65 .218 Bee is a mighty fine looking lever-gun.
Sure is. :)

woof
December 2, 2008, 05:10 PM
Of course you have the Savage 99 and Winchester 88 with pistol grips.

rcmodel
December 2, 2008, 05:32 PM
Not in .357 & .44 Mag, which is what he said he wants.

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DRYHUMOR
December 2, 2008, 05:58 PM
Gunbroker has "brand new" old guns with pistol grips, unfired. Be prepared to come off a good bit of cash though.

Most of the pistol gripped rifles seem to have been specials, or limited editions.

wanderinwalker
December 2, 2008, 06:05 PM
Marlin made the 1894 in .44 Magnum with the pistol grip for a while. It was catalogued as the 1894PG. I have one in my collection, and NO, it is NOT for sale! :neener:

The pistol grips do seem to handle better, IMO, than the straight grips. Maybe we just need to lobby the manufacturers?

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
December 2, 2008, 07:05 PM
Neither here nor there really, but I think a TRUE pistol-grip (AR-style), PUMP action rifle in .357 mag with a folding stock and tube mag, & 16" bbl, would be just the cat's meow. Basically an M1 carbine paratrooper variation, but pump not semi, and .357 mag instead of .30 carbine.

goon
December 2, 2008, 07:23 PM
Like a Timberwolf with a pistol grip?
That is an idea, but you'd never get your hands on one once the Timberwolf cult found out they existed.

FWIW, if you have enough money I'm sure a skilled gunsmith could put a regular PG stock on a 1894.
But I wouldn't.

357mag357
December 2, 2008, 09:56 PM
I mean a pistol grip like this one.

HDon
December 2, 2008, 10:03 PM
Clipped screenshot ripped from Bud's.
http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/2307/marlin44magfr7.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

TexAg
December 2, 2008, 11:29 PM
I find it's easier to fit a gloved hand in a straight grip.

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