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lever gun prices

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by chasgrips45, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. chasgrips45

    chasgrips45 Well-Known Member

    I know that most rifles have gone up in price. i want to buy a Henrylever gun in 44 mag. I see they are running between $800 - $900 on various sites,are these prices grossly out of order?. I`m not too experienced with lever guns in general,I just started . I think a lever gun is a fun way to shoot, I really enjoy the mechanism,& feel of the gun. I bought a Rossi in .357, & I`m afraid it`s back in the shop. I think I learned to stick with a Winchester, Marlin, or Henry ,just my humble opinion. This is probably not the "right " time to buy a rifle, but at 68 ,what the heck, you only live once,might as well enjoy while you can.
  2. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Winchester and Henry lever guns will be higher in price than Rossi and Marlin. Currently, Marlin quality has apparently been slipping. I like my Winchester '94s, but if I was to go looking for another lever gun it would be a Henry, and no, $800 is not out of the ordinary, it actually seems to be the typical going rate for them.
  3. svtruth

    svtruth Well-Known Member

    I've been Happy

    with three Rossi lever guns, .44, .454, and .45
    They cycle better if you break them in and if you cycle the lever authoritatively,
    I like to pair a revolver with them.
    Good luck
  4. BCRider

    BCRider Well-Known Member

    In your shopping you may come across Chiappa lever guns. My own result with Chiappa and their vintage clone Armi Sport brand is that they look nice on the outside but inside they are "full of worms". A local gunsmith has also learned to cringe in fear each time a Chiappa in name or re-branded shows up as they have all been trouble for him.

    I'm sorry to hear that you're having issues with your Rossi. While at that price point they are often not the most nicely detailed gun they generally work right out of the box. And with a fairly inexpensive trip to a cowboy action gunsmith they can be slicked up to perform as well as anyone could ask for as a fun plinker.
  5. chasgrips45

    chasgrips45 Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the info guys. I have to admit that I do own one 357 Rossi Carbine. It`s true that they need broken in. The stainless Carbine,that I just got had a stripped screw in the receiver, left one ok right stripped. I had the gun for less than a week. I agree svtruth ,they sure are priced right . The weight of the Henry is an issue. I didn`t know about the newer Marlins, they have some issues also? i was wise enough to stock up some 44 spl, & 44 mag . the Winchester 94 feeds 44spl,as well as 44 mag?
  6. xtarheel

    xtarheel Well-Known Member

    Enjoyed visiting your tartan muesum in Franklin. Being a lefty (shooting wise), I like my levers. I have two Winchester Model 92's, A Marlin in .357, a pre '64 Winchester 94, a BLR in .358, and a Savage 99 in 7mm-08. For your price range, I would consider looking at gun shows. You can find a "lightly used" classic in that range
  7. chasgrips45

    chasgrips45 Well-Known Member

    I`m a lefty too xtarheel. Franklin is a nice town. There`s a beautiful range up on Nantahala mountain. I am willing to spend $700 -$800 for a gun. At the shows nowadays ,that would buy a box of 22s! I`m going to buy a 44 soon ,I believe!
  8. surjimmy

    surjimmy Well-Known Member

    They have stayed the same price around here(Okla), I picked up a near Mint Marlin 1895CB in 45-70 2 weeks ago for $550. It was one of the older one's with JM on the barrel.
  9. freewheeling

    freewheeling Well-Known Member

    I'm just getting back into long guns and was trying to remember exactly what model we had when I was a kid. It belonged to my grandfather, and was a Winchester 30-30 lever action with an eight-sided barrel. I think it got sold when my family sold the farm, but wonder if it was a 94? They sorta look the same. Time frame would have been the 1950s but the gun could've been around quite awhile before I saw it. A lot more "character" than the other guns we had.
  10. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Freewheeling those old octagonal barreled Winchesters bring a pretty penny these days....
  11. chasgrips45

    chasgrips45 Well-Known Member

    i notice another thing lever action rifles chambering 30.30 are a little less expensive. I was under the impression that there was a bit of 30. 30 ammo around. True?
  12. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    If that's the Henry Big Boy you are looking at, it has a MSRP of $899, so make your decision based on that. Personally, I would not pay more than $800 for one, but that's me.
  13. kyletx1911

    kyletx1911 Well-Known Member

    yes to both prerem-marlins are going for about 349.00 down here
  14. xtarheel

    xtarheel Well-Known Member

    Also, if you are not yet into reloading this is a good one to start on. Headspaces on the rim, realitively low working pressure. I have found brass lasts a long time. The last Wisconsin 9-pointer thought it worked just fine.

    By the way, will soon be joining you in North Carolina. 34 years in Illinois is all I can take.
  15. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    I haven't had a problem at all finding .30-30 ammo lately, but some have. And to answer your earlier question, my Winchester '94s are both .30-30s, I don't have experience or knowledge on if any '94s were made in .44mag/spl :eek:
  16. joecil

    joecil Well-Known Member

    I also have two Rossi lever guns a 45 Colt 92 and a Rio Grande in 45-70 both are flawless once cleaned out and a bit of buff and shine is applied. The 92 was $413 out the door at Bud's 2.5 years ago and the Rio Grande was $437 out the door also at Bud's. Both guns because it is the brick and mortar store here in Lexington I paid 6% sales tax on both. The Rio Grande was the best finished fire arm I ever owned and that is a lot in almost 56 years. The 92 had a minor problem with feeding, sent it to them on their dime and was returned in 5 business days and never a problem since.
  17. chasgrips45

    chasgrips45 Well-Known Member

    Joecil ,i hope they get my s/s m92 back to me asap. I think if you go to a store & get to feel the actual gun you're buying,you`ll have a better chance of getting a good one
  18. Greycliff gunman

    Greycliff gunman Active Member

    If you look around and do a little research you can pick up a model .94 Winchester for a good price. Look for the older Marlins with the half cock safety on them. You should be able to find a nice Savage as well. If you watch closely check out classifieds and pawn shops. Ask a lot of questions, there are plenty of them out there. These days most people are looking for tactical stuff, that's what's getting the premiums. There are a lot of different calibers available in lever actions as well. I have a couple of model 94 30.30s and a Marlin .444, you can get just about anything. Length of barrel, brand, caliber, age, type of sights. You can find pre 64 stuff will typically have a higher price as collectors like that stuff. Look around and pass it up if it doesn't feel right. There are a lot out there.
  19. Greycliff gunman

    Greycliff gunman Active Member

    That's too bad. Those old guns are cool. It could have been much older than you think and worth much more than expected too. If the wood is in good shape even with the bluing worn off they can go go pretty high depending on age and caliber too. Length of barrel changes the price as well. If its a take down or a deluxe model. But it could also be worth little as well but carry a sentimental value.

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