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.357 mag levergun recommendations?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Arrogant Bastard, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. Arrogant Bastard

    Arrogant Bastard Well-Known Member

    Some time down the road, I am considering picking up a .357 mag levergun. The two I have seen thus far are the Marlin 1894c (which i hear has a tendency to jam), and the Puma M-92.

    What other recommendations would you make, and why?

    (I'd like to stick to .357 mag, as I already have a .357 mag revolver, and can shoot that or the cheaper .38 spl out of it.)
  2. hamourkiller

    hamourkiller Well-Known Member

    The Marlin 1894 is the best of the lot. It is drilled and tapped for scope or peep sights. I have had mine for many trouble free years and am very pleased with it.
  3. Dr. Fresh

    Dr. Fresh Well-Known Member

    Keep in mind that .38s are of a different length than .357s. This isn't an issue in a revolver, but some .357 leverguns won't cycle .38s very well.

    That said, I have an Italian replica of the Winchester 1866 in .38 Special and I love it.
  4. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Well-Known Member

    My 1894C happily feeds .38 Special LSWC, .357 Magnum SJHP, and whatever other hard-to-feed ammo I can stuff in it. Accurate, too.

    Hasn't jammed yet. I've really liked it.

    The Marlin is easier to clean, and a solid design that resists rain and dirt. It balances and points well for me, but is a bit more center-heavy than the 1892. The only reasons I'd consider the 1892 is that the old Winchester design has wonderful handling, and is available in stainless. Y'all sweat in Houston, I'll bet.

    If you want to scope it or put on ghost rings, the Marlin is the only way to go. If you want stainless, the Puma is. Otherwise, I think the Marlin is a simpler, easier-to-maintain design, but some find the 92's handling irresistible.

    Swing both around and give it some thought.:)

    Beware: these guns can get VERY, VERY expensive. The recoil is minimal to nonexistent, they're really fun, and they hold a good number of rounds. You can go through a box of 50 in no time flat, and you won't be able to stop.:)
  5. stan in sc

    stan in sc Well-Known Member

    Don't overlook the Henry in .357.I have seen one being shot at 100 yards and they are accurate as well as pretty.
  6. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    I paired my Winchester Trapper with a Ruger GP100

  7. Semmerling

    Semmerling Well-Known Member

    Yep...don't do it. Its just enough to be too litle.
  8. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    I love my Marlin 1894c and have never had a problem with .38spcl jamming. Only those that are short in overall length will jam. I don't remember the dimensions but there is info on that online and easy to check before you buy ammo.
  9. Ratshooter

    Ratshooter Well-Known Member

  10. shooting4life

    shooting4life Well-Known Member

    I have a win94 in 357 mag. I bought it with the plan of having it rechambered to 357 maximum. We all know what happens to the guns we buy and have plans for.
  11. greyling22

    greyling22 Well-Known Member

    my marlin 1894c prefers 357's to 38's, and hates a semi-wadcutter.
  12. SGW42

    SGW42 Well-Known Member

    I've fondled the Puma and was not impressed. I would stick with the Marlin.
  13. Landlocked Pirate

    Landlocked Pirate Well-Known Member

    I've never had a jam with either .38s or .357s in my Marlin.
  14. Crazy Fingers

    Crazy Fingers member

    Interesting. I am in the market for a .357 lever gun as well, and was in Gander Mountain looking at them the other day. I held the Marlin and the Puma and the Puma is definitely the better looking piece. The wood to metal fit seemed better on the Puma. The wood of the Marlin looks like sawdust with some orangeish stain thrown on it, then sprayed with a can of hardware store brand lacquer. The old Marlins have okay wood, but the new ones are just an eyesore.

    Supposedly the older Pumas were not assembled as well as they are today. The early ones also supposedly had reliability problems, so if you go with the Puma buy new.

    The Puma is also available in a stainless octagonal barrel. Mmmm. Supposedly the dark wood that comes with the stainless is easy to refinish and is great looking when you do so. I did notice that Gander was very over priced on the Puma. Look at Budsgunshop.com.
  15. SGW42

    SGW42 Well-Known Member

    The main thing that threw me off the Puma was the wobbly little safety on top of the receiver.

    I looked over a brand new Marlin 39A in a shop last weekend and noticed the wood and fit was subpar. The guy behind the counter mentioned something about lower quality on the new "Remington-Marlins."
  16. JaxNovice

    JaxNovice member

    What type of hunting can you do with a .357 levergun?
  17. MAKster

    MAKster Well-Known Member

    You can hunt deer to 50-75 yards with standard 158 grain SP. If you use the Buffalo Bore ammo you are getting into 30-30 territory.
  18. goon

    goon Well-Known Member

    You could hunt up to medium sized whitetails with a .357 lever action. Use bullets that will penetrate adequately and you should be pretty good out to 75 yards, maybe 100 if you're good enough.
    I'd also like to have another one - they're about the most fun gun you can imagine.
    You can show up at the range with a whole pick-up full of guns but you'd better bring a lot of ammo for a lever action .357 because everyone will want to shoot it.
  19. blkbrd666

    blkbrd666 Well-Known Member

    I know nothing about Puma, but I bought a Marlin, used but like new condition, recently and it's AWESOME. It is probably an older one as the checkering is actually cut into the wood rather than stamped, as I have seen on some newer rifles. Never jams with a cartridge with an exposed bullet...won't feed wadcutters, but I wouldn't expect it to. Very accurate, and from the ballistics I've seen, probably accurate to at least 75 yards or more...probably more. Now I am looking for a matching pistol just to have "the set".
  20. glockman19

    glockman19 Well-Known Member

    My Dream Combo is a Marlin 1894C and a S&W 586 4".

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