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 Post subject: lever action rifle manufacturers
PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:44 am 
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I'm a pretty big fan of lever actions and this weekend I got a chance to check out a particularly nice looking one by Cimarron. I never heard of them before, but overall it was one of the nicest actions I ever got to use.

So now I want to hear more about other manufacturers too, ones that still make them. Henry and Marlin seem to get most of the attention, so I don't want to hear about them or Browning.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 2:49 am 
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Chiappa. Legacy Sports used to sell what they called the Puma, and maybe they still do, not sure if they're made by the same people or not. I thought the Pumas came from Taurus, or someone in South America? I've got one of the Legacy Pumas, an M92 (Win 92 clone) in .357, it was cheap, and has been a faultless rifle. Shoots like a laser too.



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I'm also interested in knowledge about this topic. Not to threadjack, but while we're here I'd also like recommendations on lever actions in .45-70, perhaps from those other manufacturers besides Marlin (no particular reason, I just like options.)



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I like my Winchester model '94 with 18" barrel - Trapper Model they call it - in 30/30. It is small and so am I, so we get along good. Installed a flip up peep sight mounted on the tang which increased sight radius dramatically.....



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 4:49 am 
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I scored a Rossi. The action is slick. And it's .357 magnum.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:04 am 
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Rossi, that's who I was thinking of. Sorry, brain fart. :roll:



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:52 am 
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I love my Rossi in .45 Colt, and it has been a flawless performer. Recently, The Boss saw a stainless Rossi at a gun show, and decided that she liked it better than the Marlin. Her's is .357, trapper model, in stainless. Weighs very little, and seems to work great, so far.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:14 pm 
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I wish somebody would make a short(16.5"-18" barrel) lightweight lever gun in 357 Maximum, that would also reliably feed 357 Mag and 38 Special ammo.



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 1:15 pm 
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Uberti makes nice copies of old Winchesters, '60 66 and varients of the 73, they also made the Cimarrons. Navy arms also sells their own branded Uberti's.


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Aegis wrote:
I'm also interested in knowledge about this topic. Not to threadjack, but while we're here I'd also like recommendations on lever actions in .45-70, perhaps from those other manufacturers besides Marlin (no particular reason, I just like options.)


Winchester 1886.http://www.winchesterguns.com/products/ ... mid=534175
When I bought my Marlin 1895, there was also a Browning 1886 on the rack. IIRC, it was made by Miroku. Nice gun, but quite a bit pricier than the Guide Gun, so I opted for that.
http://www.gunsinternational.com/BROWNI ... =100188058

Browning also has the BLR-in .450 Marlin-but I've not ever seen one in .45-70.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 5:02 pm 
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I've got one of the Rossi 92s in .357 when they were imported under the Puma name. I think Puma's owner now imports Chiappas instead of Rossis. It's a sweet little rifle, but I need to shoot it more. It feeds most factory brands of .357 very nicely, though you might want to watch out with some brands. The Wal-Mart special Remington 125 JSP left a bruise after running a box of it through the rifle, but Black Hills 158 JHP had less recoil. Given a solid-enough bullet, I could see using it as a hog-removing gun in addition to using it for deer at close ranges.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:38 am 
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I own/have owned Rossi, Puma, Winchester and Marlins in .357, .44 mag, .454 casull, .30-30, .45-70 and .450 Marlin.

All are great guns and all have given me lots of pleasure. I find the Marlin actions very beefy and the rifles solid, making them my favorite.



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 4:27 am 
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CombatController wrote:
I own/have owned Rossi, Puma, Winchester and Marlins in .357, .44 mag, .454 casull, .30-30, .45-70 and .450 Marlin.

All are great guns and all have given me lots of pleasure. I find the Marlin actions very beefy and the rifles solid, making them my favorite.


I have one, stainless, in .357. Wonder where I got that from. :lol:



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