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Favorite Lever Action Caliber for Plinking...

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AnklePocket, Jan 24, 2004.

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  1. AnklePocket

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    ...with disregard to ammo cost and practical purposes would be what (.22LR, .357 Mag, .44 Mag, 30-30, 45-70, ect.)?
     
  2. The Tourist

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    Boy, I hope you get lots of replies to this!

    My one and only lever action rifle right now is a Marlin Guide Gun, a stainless 45-70. I'm not that sensitive to recoil, and even if I was, I am a caster and handloader. I could beg a softer load recipe from friends of this caliber.

    Still, I cannot imagine myself sitting down at the bench for a lovely afternoon of 45-70 plinking. I find shooting a brick of .22's fun, I enjoy an afternoon of long distance shooting with a 22-250 or a varmint loaded .243 WIN.

    Somehow I think a 'brick of 45-70's' might be a tad painful.
     
  3. Atticus

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    I enjoy my Marlin 57M (.22mag) the most, and I have a .35 Rem. that is a joy to shoot as well. I have a 45-70 ...but I haven't gotten around to shooting it yet...shame on me. But ror all- around plinking, the rimfires and pistol calibers are hard to beat.
     
  4. Dave Markowitz

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    I have a Winchester 9422 XTR Classic in .22 LR which is a great plinker. But I think my fave now is my EMF Hartford Model (by Rossi) M1892 Short Rifle in .357 Magnum. Not much recoil or noise, but it's great for vaporizing overripe fruit and other frangible targets.
     
  5. DMK

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    Plinking with disregard to cost?

    I'd say .357 Mag. in a carbine.

    Fairly flat shooting for a pistol caliber with lotsa bang and flash but little recoil in a rifle. As a bonus you can shoot the much cheaper .38 Special in some of these rifles *if* cost does become a factor.

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  6. Quartus

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    Only in a rifle. Try it in a TC Contender if you want to enjoy it.


    :D



    For just plinking, it's got to be a .22, preferably a Marlin. Though the .357 is a lot of fun, too.
     
  7. FPrice

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    Marlin 39A in .22lr. A real fun gun. The first gun I ever bought, hope to pass it on to my son, along with many others.
     
  8. cliffb

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    I've got 3 Winchesters in .357, .44 Mag and .45 Colt. Of the three, I enjoy the .45 most. It's a Trapper with 16" barrel.

    I almost picked up a Guide Gun in 45-70 last night but figured it would be just to painful for a day of shooting.
     
  9. ProCharger

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    My marlin 1895g 45-70 is a 7 pound gun. Has a shorter 18.5" barrel and the barrel is ported at the end. If you ask me.....that gun gives recoil = to about a 20 guage shotgun with a 2 3/4" shell. Recoil for the gun I have seems to be very little. That is shooting a 300 gr. supreme partition winchester round.

    Would the above gun be ideal for plinking? Probably not unless you are wanting to keep the targets within 100 yards or if you really want a challange figuring out bullet drop compensation. Also the real downside for the rifle is I use it for deer hunting.....with no ear protection the ported barrel really rings my ears. I hear a buzz for a day after popping it off a few times in the woods.

    Far as plinking caliber I would prefer? I would have to go with .22 magnum or if you have the money go with a .357 and use .38's for close range and step up to .357 mags for long range. Just my .02

    Brett
     
  10. ojibweindian

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    I had a Winchester .30-30 that was very fun to plink with. Sadly, like almost all the guns I owned while married to my first wife, it was sold.
     
  11. Car Knocker

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    Is it Winchester who's offering a lever gun in .32 magnum?
    If I were to do a fair amount of plinking of a caliber other than .22LR, I would love to reload for the .32 magnum and hunt some Pepsi cans!

    As my only lever action is a Marlin 1894 .44 magnum... I suppose that's my favorite.

    It did bag this troublesome alligator-ish dino though.

    My 3-year-old nephew is growing tired of me borrowing this guy
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  13. ProCharger

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    22 LR as in my wifes 9422 with the williams peep sight. Just a lot of fun to play with!
     
  15. cratz2

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    Something satisfying about putting a few of those big ole' 45-70s through a gun. :p

    Guess that'd be my answer.
     
  16. Quartus

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    Folks, we need to take up a collection so Snowdog can get his own stuffed animal. Something in a Barney suit you, 'Dog?

    :D
     
  17. Dave Markowitz

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    I see that Snowdog has answered the question that's been nagging at me lately:

    "What gun should I use for Godzilla?"







    :neener:
     
  18. Roboshred

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    Your opinions please

    This is a timely post as Iv'e been contemplating buy a .357 cal Winchester or Marlin in the 20" barrel version. I currently own a a 16" trapper 45Colt it is very novel but I 'd like to get a full size rifle. What are the pro's and con's of the Marlin vs. Winchester. Is one better than the other? Any input will be appreciated. :confused: RB
     
  19. DD

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    Winchester 9422M .22 mag - great fun.
     
  20. ECVMatt

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    I own both winchesters and marlins in rifle and pistol calibers..

    and I perfer the marlins. They are simple to strip all the way down to the parts and I like the flat top for attaching ghost rings sights or red dot scopes. Winchesters are a lot more difficult to take a part for a detailed cleaning. I know that ghost rings are available for the winchesters, but I do not like the way they fit. It is also much easier to remove the much hated cross bolt safety on a Marlin. I do not recomend this for anyone else, but for me it makes the gun much more enjoyable and safe (I was raised on a half cock safety). You should visit marlintalk on marlins web site for some good info and this topic discussed in greater detail by folks much more informed than I .

    Have a good one.

    Matt
     
  21. Snowdog

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    Stuffed animal?! What makes you think that's a stuffed animal?!
    Stuffed by a taxidermist maybe! :D

    I don't know, Quartus. Everyone and his brother has taken Barney... no real trophy there. I could go for a SpongeBob SquarePants though.
    I'll just draw an angry face and fangs on him, that should impress the ladies.



    Thanks for the link, ProCharger. I believe that's the one I was thinking of.
     
  22. The Tourist

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    ProCharger and Cratz2,

    I forgot to add one thing, I'm a bullet caster. My profile is a 405 grain flat point. I think this profile works the best if cast from lino and dropped into ice. The Ballard cut of my Guide Gun would validate the hunting/lead aspect of that rifle.

    I just got it, and it laid longer than I wanted to before I started thinking about it seriously. In the purchase, I asked for a box of 300 grain hollowpoints and a commercial box of 405 flat-points packed 500 in number.

    I figured I had ample time to figure out a load with somebody else's flat point, and shoot the 300 grainers at Wisconsin whitetail deer.

    To that end, my goal has always been a 'working load.' I just finished an article by Venturino where he loads five different varities, one of them just for plinking. That gave me an idea, but do far, none of them have been loadeds

    So, to be truthful, someday there WILL BE a plinker in 45-70, but I don't have one as yet.

    He recommends 5744. Is that a good start?
     
  23. Zeke Menuar

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    I have only one lever action at the moment. Savage M99-R. Totally impractical for plinking but what the heck, it's a blast to get this old timer out to hit the popcans.

    ZM
     
  24. 4v50 Gary

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    Marlin 94 in .357 mag. Very mild, pleasant and no shortage of fun.
     
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    It has got to be my Marlin 1894c
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