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Lever Gun: Large Loop vs Standard Loop

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by nc76, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. nc76

    nc76 Well-Known Member

    I am leaning towards picking up a lever action carbine and really like the Puma 92. I have decided on the 16" in .357 blued finish. I am leaning towards the one with the standard loop b/c I do not have large hands. I would say my hands are about average at best. I wear a size medium glove most times. I have never had a lever gun outside of a bb gun. Would there be any benefit for getting the large loop over the standard loop? Are they just a novelty or good for people with large hands?
  2. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    I looked into that this past winter when looking at a Lever gun. The basic concensus I found was it was a show item (read, Hollywood). They got popular with John Wayne and "the Rifleman" fir twirly things. Possibly if you had massive hands they might serve a purpose, but for the average shooter I couldn't find any. Plus I wanted to actually carry and use my gun, and not have extra things to bump and snag (and make it hard to find a scabbard). I went with the regular loop on a Winchester 1894.
  3. Gunfighter123

    Gunfighter123 Well-Known Member

    I shoot a lot of Cowboy Action and found the large loop to be slower to use then the regular loop.

    MMCSRET Well-Known Member

    I purchased lever guns used, that had the large loop, I ordered standard levers from Brownells and changed them out. My saddle scabbard is very close fitting and the large loop kept the rifle from sliding all the way in. When I was carrying the rifle the large loop was awkward for me to use, and I don't like the way they look.
  5. amd6547

    amd6547 Well-Known Member

    I found the large loop to be faster...just shove the lever hand down and forward, the shape of the loop operates the action, no need to twist the wrist.
  6. jkingrph

    jkingrph Well-Known Member

    I replaced the factory levers on a couple of Marlin Cowboys, 336, and 1895, as well as a Guide gun. The small lever actually hurt my hand in recoil. I went with the smallest of the large loops, a DRC model. They look good and feel even better. I was not concerned about speed, jusst feel.
  7. Alex123456

    Alex123456 Member

    I'm thinking of replacing the factory lever on my Marlin 1894. It's just too small and uncomfortable. My hands aren't huge either.
  8. cibach

    cibach Well-Known Member

    I prefer the large levers.. I have a winchester in 45LC and love it..
  9. Kman

    Kman Well-Known Member

    They can be an asset when hunting the northern timber in subzero temps, don't have to take off the mitt to get proper grip around the wrist.
  10. .375

    .375 Well-Known Member

    large lever

    I have a large lever model 94. I really like it. As was said it is very comfortable and can be pushed down instead of moving your hand to grab it.
  11. a-sheepdog

    a-sheepdog Well-Known Member

    I have a slightly oversized lever loop on my Marlin 45-70 and like it much better than the standard factory lever.
  12. gga357

    gga357 Well-Known Member

    It's too bad there are so many 44-40 USRAC out there new and no 45lc or .357
  13. MAX100

    MAX100 Well-Known Member

    LSI Puma rifles are now made Italy and cost around $950. Their are few of the LSI imported Rossi made 92s around. Taurus bought Rossi and will be offering the 92 rifles under the Braztech name. Not sure which barrel lengths and calibers they will be offering.

  14. Dr. Fresh

    Dr. Fresh Well-Known Member

    I could see using one with thick gloves, but otherwise I prefer standard loops.
  15. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    Here's another reason - lever wraps. If your loop is tight already especially with gloves, the addition of a lever wrap can make it too tight. lever wraps are nice on the knuckles.
  16. messerist

    messerist Well-Known Member

    Since we are on the subject of loops does anyone know where I can get one for a Marlin 1894? My Brother is in Iraq and wanted to get one for his Marlin but never had time before he left. I want to get one for him and get it installed before he gets back.:)
  17. moooose102

    moooose102 Well-Known Member

    i am not a fan of the big loops. to me, they look ugly. even with my big paws, and warm gloves, i have no trouble with standard levers.
  18. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    I have 2 1895s abd considered a larger loop, but never had any problems with the regular loop. Now if I was in the northern clines and wore multiple layers of gloves, the the regular loop might be an issue.

    Otherwise, it is quick, comfortable, and doesn't waste space.
  19. wyocarp

    wyocarp Well-Known Member

    Having both, I like the large loop levers. They are more comfortable, easier to use, and I don't find they get in the way at all.

  20. JFrame

    JFrame Well-Known Member

    I have the standard (small) loop on my Winchester Trapper. Among other reasons, I bought it because I liked the fact that it was compact and flat. I don't like the thought of increasing its dimensions or bulk in any way...

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