I'd look for a JM marked Marlin 1894 in .44 Magnum. Oh wait. No, I wouldn't because I already have one. But you might consider one. I'm convinced mine would be good at 100 yards for deer, even Wyoming mulies if I could get that close.
Walking out of the LGS today and what was on the rack but a Henry Big Boy in 45 Colt. Color Case Hardened and side gate to boot. It’s mine . Pictures when I actually have a moment or I’ll start a new thread when I get to shoot it.
Just thought I should follow up.
A couple of points. The straight wall cartridge law for hunting in MI limits me to 1.8" for the casing. That eliminates 450 Marlin, 45-70 Govt., etc. I will reload for whatever I get. Budget ? Good question ..... In this case I've concluded that I'll spend around $1000 +/- 15%
From the replies it looks like everyone thinks that 45 Colt is good out to 100 yards, esp if I reload for it. If buying new it feels like Henry and Rossi would be the contenders with what I'm looking to spend. Used may open up a possibility with Marlin, but who knows with used prices today.
If it matters I would probably put a scope on it. I know....... insert all the comments about lever actions were meant to just have irons. My eyes aren't what they used to be and if I buy the rifle it's going to get used in the field and not be a show piece.
If it matters I would probably put a scope on it. I know....... insert all the comments about lever actions were meant to just have irons.
My choices.....marlin 1894 .41mag .44 mag .45colt
All of these calibers are more than adequate for a deer rifle. Other than state restrictions a .357 mag would probably work fine as well.
Having never been around a centerfire Henery I cant attest to their qualities.
Personally, I will never own another Rossi.
They also offer a 24" barrel "Sporter" in 357 Magnum, but IMO that's a bit too long for a pistol cartridge. The velocity will be less than the 20" barrel with certain rounds.
Rossi's are so "hit and miss". I have one that's pretty close to perfect. Feeds everything. On the other hand, some guys were making money on videos on how to fix and tune them. I think the '92 is a design that requires hand fitting at the factory. I believe the Rossi factory just assembles them, maybe runs a couple of dummy cartridges through and calls it good.
When you get one that works well, like mine, I think that means that all the parts just happened to all fall into spec/tolerances by chance. ? I would never let my Rossi go, but I understand not wanting to take the gamble.