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Leverguns in .454/460/500?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by rc135, Feb 24, 2007.

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  1. rc135

    rc135 Member

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    I'll be buying a levergun this summer, and want a 'big-bore' rifle, preferably with a short (18-22") barrel, and preferably American-made, in .454/.460/.500. I'm already interested in the Marlin Guide Gun in 45/70, but am keeping my options open. Any suggestions?

    I've seen the Puma in .454 already, and it looks pretty good, but would like to buy American if possible.

    Thanx in advance.

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  2. ETXhiker

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    What will you be using it for? For fun and plinking, you might consider the .357/.41 mag./.44 mag. Marlins - ammo will be much cheaper than the exotic revolver rounds. For deer, they will work fine also, but the .454/.500 S&W will give more power. Since you have already mentioned the .45-70 guide gun... I suspect you already know what you want. ;)
     
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    I like the idea of the Marlin in .45-70... I'm sure that could fill in all the same roles as the others you're considering.
     
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    go 45-70

    It was designed for a lever gun and will function well.
     
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    The Marlin guide gun is an outstanding rifle. Mine needed a lot of work though. It had an action so rough that there was no way to cycle it from the shoulder without it eating your hands alive. The trigger was just as horrid. Needed a full action job to work right. Most aren't that way though. I'm a magnet for lemons and always have been.

    I admit to a love affair with Smith's .460! Just the ability to fire .454 and .45 Colt in it is enough to make me drool. The spire pointed bullets and accompanying trajectory are the real prize. I can't think of a better rifle/handgun combination than that.
     
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    I don't think you're going to find anything that fits all your goals right now. The only lever action currently in production that will handle pressures in that range is the Winchester 92, and I don't think it will feed cartridges as long as the .460/.500. And, the only 92 clones currently in production are the imports sold under various names - not that they are bad rifles at all, but you specified American-made.

    If handgun ammo isn't mandatory, as suggested, look at the .45-70 (or the .450 Marlin).
     
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    I may have missed it, but I didn't see .460, .500 S&W or even .454 Casull on their website?
     
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