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Old 07-02-2013, 03:15 AM
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Hey guys, I'm after a lever action...but not entirely sure what I should go for. I'm wanting something that is compact to carry on horseback, something that will take down a roo or fox at close range (100m)...something accurate but not too loud. I was thinking of a .17 or .22 magnum but not sure what brand I should go for... Must be lever action. Any advice would be great! Cheers
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Old 07-02-2013, 06:45 AM
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Hey guys, I'm after a lever action...but not entirely sure what I should go for. I'm wanting something that is compact to carry on horseback, something that will take down a roo or fox at close range (100m)...something accurate but not too loud. I was thinking of a .17 or .22 magnum but not sure what brand I should go for... Must be lever action. Any advice would be great! Cheers
Maybe it's the fact that I've never seen one in person, that I can recall, but I thought kangaroos were big enough that shooting one with a .22 WMR wouldn't provide a good chance of an ethical kill. What about a .357 Magnum if you're looking for something quieter? Winchester made and Marlin still makes good leverguns in that chambering. If you're not wanting to put a scope on it, there are a few people making 1892 clones, such as Rossi, that make them, as well.
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I'm with Ko. The marlin 1892 in 357, but shoot sub sonic loads with SWC 38s, No sound barrier CRACK, but a killer.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:37 AM
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For what its worth I agree with KO. I use the 22 Magnum quite a bit and I find it marginal for “catch as Catch can” shots on adult fox.
I primarily use the 50-grain Federal Premium load. The 50-grain bullet will punch a shoulder and into the lungs when the lighter bullets will not.
I have good luck using the “new” 35-grain Remington plastic tip load for lung shots. This load is very destructive if it does not have to punch through heavy muscle and bone.

None of the 17 rimfires I have tried are real killers using body shots. I am not a head shooter but several of my friends are and they are very happy with the 17 HRM. I primarily use the 17 rimfire for smaller ground squirrels where the rounds wonderful accuracy is a plus.

My experience with the Marlin in 357 Magnum is limited but I have a Winchester Model 94 and I am pleased with its performance. The 357 round has the accuracy for adult fox at 100-yards but for shots beyond 50-yards I would want to be sitting.
I have experienced best accuracy with 180-grain cast bullets. I cast them soft, about 14 BHN. Beyond 50-yards you need to be able to estimate distance pretty well. I use a Williams receiver sight which is slow to make elevation adjustments due to the need for a screw driver. If I had a Marlin I would drill it for a side mount Lyman reciever sight as they are easier to adjust.

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Old 07-02-2013, 03:33 PM
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Welcome WVHorseman. I have a Marlin M94 inn 218 B. Not too loud, and deadly on coyotes and jacks out to 150yds. Aint never shot a roo, though. They made them in 32-20, and IIR 25-20 too.
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I've a Win .357 trapper (16" barrel). One hundred yard shots are asking for a bit more accuracy than the rifle or I am capable of offering. I recommend a aperture sight if your eyes are under 40 years old -- "long arm disorder" / bifocals cause you to distribute your aperture sight rifles to your sons. Az'92 has a great idea of using a lever using a flatter-shooting center-fire cartridge. Only thing about the latter is locating a rifle in these no-longer-chambered calibers. You'll have to do a national search. At 100 yards, a .22 mag. or .17 is simply not going to cut-it in the retained bullet energy department.
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the Marlind 94 in a 218 Bee is ideal if you can find ammo where you live or if you handload. My favorite saddle gun for every day carry is a Win. mod 94 SRC in 25-35. Tje 25-35 has served for deer, turkey and a few elk early on in my life, but its not for everyone.
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