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View Poll Results: If you had to pick one Lever Action Rifle, what caliber who you choose?

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  • .357 Mag / 38 Special

    57 18.33%
  • .44 Mag / 44 Special

    45 14.47%
  • 45 Colt

    20 6.43%
  • .454 Casull

    10 3.22%
  • 444 Marlin

    11 3.54%
  • 45-70

    57 18.33%
  • 44-40

    9 2.89%
  • 450 Marlin

    0 0%
  • 30-30

    81 26.05%
  • 35 Remington

    29 9.32%
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Thread: If you had to pick one Lever Action Rifle, what caliber who you choose?

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    If you had to pick one Lever Action Rifle, what caliber who you choose?

    If you had to pick one Lever Action Rifle, what caliber who you choose? If not on the list please post it.

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    That is a tough choice.

    Do you go with the classic .30-30?
    Bigger bore with .357 mag?

    Bigger yet bore with .44 mag?

    .45lc? or the real big ol man of the woods, the .45-70?

    I don't think there is a wrong answer in there.
    .30-30 is going to do the job with less powder, lead.
    .357 could be a great plinking gun, low cost, 3-5 grains of fast powder and a smaller bullet.

    .44 mag that one is pretty much self explanatory. Big, mean, fast enough. Yet can be loaded down for reasonably inexpensive plinking, target work.

    Same is basically true of the .45lc.

    Or do you go full house .45-70?

    Did I forget the .35 rem?

    If I won the lottery one of each would be tempting.

    What do YOU want.

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    My votes for the 44 mag. Great revolver and rifle round. Hits with authority and will do it all w/o the 45/70 whipping.
    I'll take a '92 carbine with brass dot front sight and ghost ring rear please.
    You don't have 32/20 listed or that would be my first choice.
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    .357 hands down

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    Of your choices, I chose the 3030. In real life I am shooting and hunting more with my pretend 3855 ( it is a 375 Win but I treat it as a 3855). Still if only one it would be the pre64 Win 94 In 30WCF, light,handy,accurate, and very versatile. Seems to have a solid track record too. But then the same gun in 3530 would be ..... yep 30WCF Is it for me.
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    For a woods rifle at distances of 75 yards or less the 44 magnum can't be beat for the right amount of power and performance.
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    There are three rifles I'll never get rid of: My M1 Carbine, my LR-308, and my Win 94 in 38/357. All three of them bring me a lot of joy to shoot.

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    If you had to pick one Lever Action Rifle, what caliber who you choose?

    Out of the poll choices, 35 Remington. That would mean a Marlin 336. What I would really choose is a Marlin 336 converted to 356 Winchester. Or a Savage 99 in 358 Winchester or 300 Savage. There are a lot of cartridges missing from the poll.

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    Is a toss up between the 357 and 44. If I lived in bear country, I would have chosen a 44 mag. Here in Florida a 357 will take care of everything.

    This because of matching a side arm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel.mac View Post
    .357 hands down
    That's what I picked. You can target shoot with it, for self-defense, small game, deer and bear with the right bullet.

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    The winner is 45/70 ,mouse fart to rockum sockum it does it all

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    What ? 41 Remington magnum doesn't exist . I would get a lever gun, model 92 Winchester or Henry in 41 magnum to go with the model 58 41 mag. in my avatar !

    In your poll I choose ...none of the above...Oh, wait...that's not even an option !

    Yeah....us 41 magnum owners are treated like red headed step children....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edward View Post
    The winner is 45/70 ,mouse fart to rockum sockum it does it all
    My choice also. And here's why I believe that....
    First, since a .22 lever wasn't included in the list, none of these calibers are going to be suitable for rabbits or squirrels.

    Second, unless you get a Savage, Browning, or a Henry Long Ranger, that shoot magazine fed bottleneck cartridges, your ranges are limited to 150 yards or less (Even though the 45- 70 was a proven killer at much greater ranges).
    All of these calibers are intended for larger game.

    And when downloaded to trap door pressures, and lighter boolits of 325 grains, it is very comfortable to shoot. Mine are far less recoil then a .50 cal muzzleloader. I guess somewhere between a 20ga and a 12 ga. And the reduced load is more then enough for deer and wild hog. Step it up to a little higher pressure and even griz will learn to respect it. The hard way.

    Ok, so it's not to be considered a plinking round, but I really wouldn't consider the others on the list in that category either. That, and small game, is what a .22 is for.
    Last edited by buckshotshoey; 07-28-2017 at 08:48 PM.

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    call mine another vote for the 356 Win.
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    but the 444 isn't a bad choice either.
    or the 35 Rem or .357 mag or 30-30 or ................
    ..

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    I voted 30-30. History, ammo availability, light and handy, its all there. It has been used to take all manner of game from deer to grizzly bear. Not the best, but my choice for the present.

    Edit, I might add that I'd prefer it in the winchester 94.
    Last edited by Bazoo; 07-30-2017 at 12:35 AM.

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    If America ever gets to the point were you can only have one lever gun, I'd say something has gone seriously wrong. If that happened, I'd opt for a caliber that gives me three things, versatility, portability, and economy. I'd go the .357, and then also pick up whatever the opposition is carrying as soon as I could.
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    It took me a few minutes to decide, but I went with the 30WCF. For the simple fact that brass is abundant, and I love my '58 model 94. my next choice was the 35 Rem, which I'm shocked it has no votes! But those two will do all I need for my lifetime. I think the 30-30 will be around for a long time, longer than I'm Gona be around!

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    My vote is for the .44 mag. I live in Michigan and below the rifle line. I am limited to shotgun or straight walled pistol rounds.

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    If I could choose one lever action rifle cartridge, I would choose .357 Magnum. But the question was one lever action rifle, which cartridge. That rifle is a pre-'64 Winchester 1894, and I chose .30-30. In reality though, I might choose .32 Special over .30 WCF.
    Now if Winchester had made the 1894 in .357 prior to '64, that would be my choice. Preferably a Trapper.

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    If I still lived in a state where I could hunt with it, it would be my Browning BLR in .308. But since I've moved to a state with straight walled cartridges only for deer, I'd have to go with my scoped Rossi 92 in .357.

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