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Which lever action .44's to keep?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by msmp5, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. roscoe

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    Yup, that's it. The Browning will, all things being equal, be the superior firearm. For the others, save the one you have the strongest personal attachment to, or shoots the best. It will be kind of a long day testing them all, using different ammos, but fun!
     
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  2. 200Apples
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    I would keep the Miroku '92 and the Marlin '94. Those two are my favorites but for different reasons.

    The Miroku for it's quality and because it is simply a '92, the Marlin for it's friendliness. Both for their side eject.

    If I were limited to owning only one .44 lever carbine, it'd have to be the Marlin for it's ease of takedown and again for it's wonderful handling.

    I recently bought one of the new 16" stainless Marlin 1894 SBL and once I addressed the current level (rather, lack of) factory QC, it is an amazing little piece. Then again, nothing swings as nicely as my 20" 1894 FG...
     
  3. Hanshi

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    The only lever .44 I've ever owned is a 40+ year old Marlin M94. So I can only speak to that particular model which has been a great shooter and deer rifle.
     
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    yeah see which Marlin cycles ammo better , at least and keep that one (I'd lean towards the one that mentions .44 spl.) , and certainly the B92 !
     
  5. Pat Riot
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    I would keep the Browning, the Winchester and the Marlin 1894S if you need to sell a couple of them.
     
  6. Lucky Derby

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    No way would I consider selling the Browning.
    Next one to keep would be the older of the two Marlins.
    Then the newer Marlin.
    Then I'd keep the Winchester.
    The first to go would be the Rossi. I had one in .357. Nothing but a disappointment.
     
  7. Elkins45

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    I would sell the Rossi and the Winchester and keep the rest. I had a Winchester in 357 purchased in the mid-2000s (just before they closed their doors) that had a horrible trigger. I sold it for a decent profit to a dealer at a gun show because it was in good shape. When you make a profit selling a gun to a dealer that you bought at retail that tells you something about how much their perceived value has increased.

    Before Remington the Marlin guns sold used for round $400 here. Now the JM stamped guns are selling for around $600 for one in average condition.
     
  8. LoonWulf
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    I'd be inclined to keep the B92, and probably one of the Marlin's.

    We're I buying tho...I'd buy the Rossi (if you sell it lemme know lol)
     
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  9. Slum1992

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    I have a browning that I'm looking to part with.
     
  10. Buckeye63

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    I like my Brothers 94 in 44mag , its a trapper , he hacked a 1 -1.5 inch off the buttstock.. It rides in a scabbard on his 4 wheeler .. Its beat all to heck .. blueing missing .. its got character ..
    only shoots 240gr bullets well ... It is what it is ... My next levergun is going to be Marlin in 44 mag or a Henry in 45/70
     
  11. jamesjames

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    The Browning and Rossi are built on the 92 action, designed for pistol calibers. They are an elegamt, strong, short-throw design. I love the double bolt locking lugs. Carbines are handy, well balanced rifles. The only problem is the steel crescent butt plate, which punishes the shoulder.

    I found that my micro groove marlins couldn’t stabilize a .429 diameter round, and they were keyholing and not grouping at 100 yards. If you handload, .430 rounds can perform much better in the Marlin.

    I put model 94 stocks on my model 92 carbines to get rid of the steel butt plates and make good shooters out of them. If you don’t need to dispatch trapped fur bearing animals with a blow from a rifle butt, you don’t need a steel butt plate.

    The Miroku is the best shooter and highest quality rifle. The JM Marlin is the next most valuable rifle, especially if it doesn’t tumble its rounds.
     
  12. LOLBELL

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    I prefer the 92 actions for straight walled pistol calibers. I would keep the Browning and the Rossi
     
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  13. RainDodger

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    I also have a Browning 92 and I love it. It's a very light and handy rifle and you can't beat the quality. I would keep that one, no doubt in my mind. You need to keep whichever one you're most attached to though. If it doesn't matter to you.... get rid of them and get something you'll shoot. Another thought though.... with today's political situation, I'm not selling any firearms at all, whether I shoot them or not.
     
  14. ExAgoradzo

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    Mine is an 1894 Marlin 1980’s edition. Wms Peep. Pleasant on the shoulder, big on the paper, and I have at least two friends whose homes I’d inspect closely if it ever turned up missing.
    Can’t say anything bad about it. And, while I own more guns than my neighbors say I should, I don’t own many ’doubles’. I own a revolver and a carbine in 44 RM. so, I’d keep the one I like and sell the rest to buy something else you want or that you might need elsewhere.
    Inflation makes my opinion probably worth less than two cents to some..

    Greg
     
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