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All purpose carbine?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by crawdaddy, Jul 15, 2009.

  1. crawdaddy

    crawdaddy Well-Known Member

    I'm back and forth about a Marlin 1894c .357 and a Mini 14 .223 for an all purpose carbine. (for lack of a better word) A survival carbine. I have two .357 revolvers and a .30-06 so i'm looking for something in the middle. Any suggestions?
  2. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    AR-15?? Or what about a nice compact bolt gun??
  3. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    Maybe a .45-70 Guide Gun :evil:
  4. Matrix187

    Matrix187 Well-Known Member

    The marlin .357 will do in NC probably. If you were in the NW I would say a .45-70 guide gun.
  5. jhco

    jhco Well-Known Member

    To me the AR is a great platform it may not be the best in every category but it certainly is a good choice in most categories, HD/SD/medium/small game hunting/plinking not to mention its totally modular and easy to adapt to most situations already mentioned.
  6. Gryffydd

    Gryffydd Well-Known Member

    Do you reload? The .357 has a lot more potential if you can cheaply feed it hotter stuff than the average factory .357 loads these days. There's always Buffalo Bore and Double Tap if you want buck shot ($1 per shot, that is) :D

    Personally, I'd go with the 1894c--it's actually the next gun on my list. It will do as a decent gun for deer and under, something that the .223 may not be legal for, though that part might not matter in a "survival" situation. You can decide on your own whether a 158gr .357 bullet at 1800fps is better than a .22 ~60gr bullet at 2800. Muzzle energy fans will say one...others will say the other.

    It's a breeze to load for, you can shoot cheap (and effective) cast bullets out of it. By all accounts it's a very accurate rifle, at the worst definitely not less accurate than the Mini-14.

    As long as you're not worried about Zombie attacks or crowd control, I'd stick with the 1894c.
  7. SaxonPig

    SaxonPig Well-Known Member

    No such thing.
  8. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    Am I the only one advocating for a nice, compact, bolt-action rifle? I love bolt-actions BTW. :)
  9. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    I was going to suggest a .357 mag lever gun, but he stated that he wanted something in between his .357 and 30-06.
  10. DC300a

    DC300a Well-Known Member

    Marlin 336 in .30-30?

    I really like mine
  11. Gryffydd

    Gryffydd Well-Known Member

    The OP specifically said he was considering the .357 Mag Lever gun, as something between his .357 Mag revolvers and the .30-06
  12. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    Let me put it another way...

    OP Has: 357 wheel guns and some kind of 30-06 rifle.
    OP Considering: 357 lever gun or Mini 14

    My suggestion for something in the middle: 45-70 Guide Gun

    The 357 mag lever gun would be ideal because the OP has that ammo,
    but it sounds like the OP is looking for something a little different...

    What is you suggestion Gryffydd ??
  13. DC300a

    DC300a Well-Known Member

    Gryffydd, did you have something useful to add to the thread like a suggestion??

    He is looking for an in-between. So I suggest the .30-30 as a rifle cartridge (for out to 100yds) in a compact reliable package of a Marlin Lever.
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2009
  14. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    How is a 45-70 something in the middle? I would thing that "in the middle" would be a .223, .243, or something like a .260. All IMHO of course. :)
  15. kludge

    kludge Well-Known Member

    What about a Kel Tec SU-16?
  16. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    P.B.Walsh, I'm guessing the meaning of this icon :evil: was lost on you.
  17. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    What do you mean H2OMan?
  18. DC300a

    DC300a Well-Known Member

    When he used the :evil: icon... that meant he was joking... :)
  19. H2O MAN

    H2O MAN member

    :rolleyes: Never mind P.B.Walsh...

    DC300a get's it!:)

    Kind of a joke... not in the middle, but not a bad choice either
  20. BMF500

    BMF500 Well-Known Member

    Maybe a Henry lever in .44mag?

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