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#1 atmosphere0284

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:49 AM

I'm wanting to get into a combo situation... no practicality involved in the decision making process other than maybe the cost / availability of ammo. I almost want to say this would be a novelty combo (we all know that means shooting it would be expensive) for occasional fun days at an outdoor range. What would you guys pick as a caliber? My heart tells me get something ridiculous (.454 casul or 500 mag) but my mind says be conservative (.357) .  :frantics:  :drool:



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:54 AM

Finally got my combo. Henry .357mag Lever action carbine and a S&W 686+ .357mag revolver. I really like .357mag.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:55 AM

Depending on the rifle the 357 that "your mind" is saying is the way to go.  Add the second pistol and the shotgun and you can shoot cowboy matches.  Some rifles will not "run" both the 38 special and the 357 mag unless you play with them.  Daughter has two marlins with one accepting either and the other set up for a specific length 38 and short stroked.



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 11:57 AM

Practicality would point me towards a .357 combo.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 12:06 PM

I been pondering 44 mag for a while. I considered 454 (and 460 and 480), but decided they're really insane as handgun rounds, even though they were designed as handgun rounds. If a round is so large that you wouldn't really use it in a handgun, just use a rifle round in the rifle. 44 mag seems doable to me, though.

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 12:40 PM

I've always thought a good lever gun in .357 and a Ruger Blackhawk single action revolver to match would be a nice match up.  If it's just something to play with you could get a nice western style belt and holster and be set.



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 01:29 PM

Nothing wrong with a 22 LR
But if you're looking for a pistol caliber 38 /357 would be the way i would go now myself I went with a 44 magnum years ago Ruger and marlin never shot the rifle much I always had hopes of being able to hunt deer in Illinois with it

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 01:50 PM

One of my favorites to shoot is my Rossi ranchhand in .357


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 02:04 PM

I have  a lever/pistol combo in 357 Mag/38 Spcl and 45 Colt,  I only have 45 Colt because I load my own.  It can be an expensive tri- to the range if you use factory loaded 45 colt.  If you load your own, 45 Colt is VERY versatile. from light 'Cowboy' loads to loads that will stop some large game.  357 Mag is a joy to plink with in the lever, and you can run 38 special in the handgun if needed. PLUS, a LOT of 357 Mag handgun options out there.

 

There is also 44 Mag to consider.

 

454 Casuul Lever actions are HARD to find.  Anyone with one is not want to get rid of it.  Not aware of any 500 Mag lever guns.


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Posted 14 November 2019 - 02:13 PM

I have  a lever/pistol combo in 357 Mag/38 Spcl and 45 Colt,  I only have 45 Colt because I load my own.  It can be an expensive tri- to the range if you use factory loaded 45 colt.  If you load your own, 45 Colt is VERY versatile. from light 'Cowboy' loads to loads that will stop some large game.  357 Mag is a joy to plink with in the lever, and you can run 38 special in the handgun if needed. PLUS, a LOT of 357 Mag handgun options out there.

 

There is also 44 Mag to consider.

 

454 Casuul Lever actions are HARD to find.  Anyone with one is not want to get rid of it.  Not aware of any 500 Mag lever guns.

its not feasible but here it is.... its fun to dream sometimes. https://www.bighorna...bine-18-500-sw/



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 02:53 PM

I want a Ruger Blackhawk in .30 carbine. The matching carbine isn't a lever gun, but it's just as fun in my opinion.



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 03:13 PM

I would love a 10 mm/.40 from Ranger Point Precision . . .

 

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. . . paired with a Smith & Wesson 610.

 

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 06:40 PM

My bucket list has a combo like that on it. I want a carbine set up like John Wayne used in his movies and a revolver to match



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Posted 14 November 2019 - 07:25 PM

I have no business buying another gun but a lever action in 44-40 would be real nice.

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Posted 14 November 2019 - 07:26 PM

You know, if it were possible, I would also really like to get, say, a S&W 625 rechambered to shoot .460 Rowland, and some sort of rebarreled/chambered Marlin 1894 or Henry that shoots the same cartridge. That would be ridiculous, but cool to own.


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Posted 15 November 2019 - 08:19 PM

I am really partial to lever guns, and have them chambered in .357M, .44M and .45 Colt. The .357 is a dream to shoot, and the long barrel adds over 300 fps to the muzzle velocity. If I were to hunt, the .44 would be my choice. It has the terminal energy of a .30-30 and the shoulder thump to prove it. You can load to higher pressure than for a revolver, but I prefer not for safety reasons. You need to use flat tip (or HP) bullets for safety against self-ignition in the magazine tube.

 

The .45 Colt was intended for cowboy competition - a dream which never materialized. Oddly, .45 Colt was never a cowboy carbine round. Colt kept it to itself until the 1890's. .44-40 was common, but a thin, tapered cartridge is not my preference.

 

.357 probably offers the most choices of lever guns. Marlin and Browning 1892 are great, but various 1873 models are available too. The latter has a toggle action, so nothing hotter than a revolver load should be used, and I don't mean a Ruger.

 

If you're into self-punishment, both Marlin and Browning (1886) are chambered for .45-70. Ten rounds of that through a 7 pound rifle is a good day's fun - saves on ammo cost.



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Posted 15 November 2019 - 09:29 PM

Henry Golden Boy in 357/38spc and a Ruger Blackhawk convertable 357/38spc/9mm.

 

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 06:36 AM

I am a big .45 Colt fan. I have a Rpssi R92 20", Ruger Blackhawk, Redhawk, and a pair of Uberti Cattlemans.

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Posted 16 November 2019 - 07:14 AM

Another vote for the Rossi R92 20", but in .357 with S&W M28.



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Posted 16 November 2019 - 08:19 AM

I really like my 45 Colt Ruger Blackhawk, hoping to have a deer hanging this time next week from it!

If Illinois would have passed that pistol caliber rifle hunting bill I would have entertained the idea a lever action 45 Colt, then I got into looking at a 450 Bushmaster on an AR platform and was all googly eyed,

But I'd still like to have a 45 Colt rifle.



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Posted 17 November 2019 - 01:36 AM

327 would be fun.

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 08:26 AM

I am really partial to lever guns, and have them chambered in .357M, .44M and .45 Colt. The .357 is a dream to shoot, and the long barrel adds over 300 fps to the muzzle velocity. If I were to hunt, the .44 would be my choice. It has the terminal energy of a .30-30 and the shoulder thump to prove it. You can load to higher pressure than for a revolver, but I prefer not for safety reasons. You need to use flat tip (or HP) bullets for safety against self-ignition in the magazine tube.
 
The .45 Colt was intended for cowboy competition - a dream which never materialized. Oddly, .45 Colt was never a cowboy carbine round. Colt kept it to itself until the 1890's. .44-40 was common, but a thin, tapered cartridge is not my preference.
 
.357 probably offers the most choices of lever guns. Marlin and Browning 1892 are great, but various 1873 models are available too. The latter has a toggle action, so nothing hotter than a revolver load should be used, and I don't mean a Ruger.
 
If you're into self-punishment, both Marlin and Browning (1886) are chambered for .45-70. Ten rounds of that through a 7 pound rifle is a good day's fun - saves on ammo cost.


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Posted 17 November 2019 - 09:13 AM

I have a .300 Blackout AR pistol ... should I pair it with a matching carbine and double sling them? :D

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Posted 17 November 2019 - 02:03 PM

I have a .300 Blackout AR pistol ... should I pair it with a matching carbine and double sling them? :D


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Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:46 AM

I am a big .45 Colt fan. I have a Rpssi R92 20", Ruger Blackhawk, Redhawk, and a pair of Uberti Cattlemans.

A Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454 would also allow me to shoot 45 colt.....  :drool:



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Posted 18 November 2019 - 08:51 AM

The winchester (USRAC) model for 357 can misfeed and jam if 38 special loads that are not of a certain length are loaded.

ie. don't use truncated cone or wad cutters/



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Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:26 PM

Marlin 410 and a Taurus Judge.

Really wanted the Winchester 9410 but couldn't find/afford at the time.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 07:27 PM

Marlin 410 and a Taurus Judge.

Really wanted the Winchester 9410 but couldn't find/afford at the time.

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Posted 22 November 2019 - 08:44 AM

When deciding, take into account the cost of the ammunition, especially if you don't reload.  

 

45 colt is a lot of fun, however the cost of factory ammo is fairly high.  Same as with 44 mag.  

 

357 mag is less expensive than the other two.  


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Posted 23 November 2019 - 02:56 AM

Personally, I REALLY like my personal combo of a Taurus 669 .357 4-inch barrel, and a Puma .357 lever action rifle. Both are really nice, quality firearms, and have served me well when I was out at the farm in Missouri.  The 357 is a great caliber, hyooge impact, and really nice cost effectiveness.

 

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