Henry or marlin


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TUBBY1
July 10, 2009, 01:21 PM
Looking for advice on which one to get. Marlin1894 in 357 or henry big boy357? Tell me please, pros and cons

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ArmedBear
July 10, 2009, 01:28 PM
Marlin 1894

It's a much lighter gun than the Henry, really easy to clean completely and from the breach, loads from the side, and mine shoots .38 LSWCs really well. Accurate, zero recoil.

jmr40
July 10, 2009, 01:53 PM
Marlin

exdetsgt
July 11, 2009, 12:17 AM
BUT - sometimes heavier is better?

ArmedBear
July 11, 2009, 12:58 AM
Sometimes heavier is better. I wouldn't want a 5 lb. 10 Gauge shotgun.

However, I don't want a 9 lb. pistol-caliber lever gun, either.:)

Greybeard7
July 11, 2009, 01:05 AM
Heavier is better if someone else is doing the carrying. As ArmedBear pointed out, heavier isn't necessary in a pistol caliber lever action.

A Marlin .357 lever and a good .357 revolver is a good combination IMO. For a walk in the woods, or some emergency situations, I think it would be a versatile and reliable option.

GB7

ArmedBear
July 11, 2009, 01:07 AM
Note that hot .357 loads still don't kick much in a light carbine. And my .38 fun loads make the 1894C feel like a 39A -- groups are similar, too.:)

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