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I traded my last non-lever rifle yesterday at the St. Paul gun show for a Win 94 in 45 Colt.

I now have a .30 Cal. WCF, a .300 Savage., a Win.32 Special, a Win.375 Big Bore, a .44 Mag, a .45 Colt and a 45-70 GG.

So what im I missing? Seems like a 25-20 would be nice, maybe a .357 mag <!--emo&???--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'><!--endemo-->???

What do you all thing?

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Don't know if you like the Winchester 1895's or not, but they are available in lots of different calibers.  From 270 Win a couple years back to the 405 Win this year.  There are 30/40 Krags, 30-03's, 35 Wins, 30-06's, etc...  Browning had a nice little 218 Bee levergun a couple years back also.  How 'bout the Winchester 71 in 348?  Yeah, there's the 1886 Winchester's that were chambered in some major powerhouse cartridges too.  Of course there is the venerable 38-55.

So many fine firearms out there, so little time.  I would like to have one of each.  <!--emo&:p--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':p'><!--endemo-->
 

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Lessee...As memory serves me, you need a 45/70, a .444, a .307, a 30/30, a 44 mag, a 32/20, and a .22 rimfire. These are the standard recommendations from the National Bureau of Lever Actions (NBLA).
 

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.33 Winchester, .35 Remington, .356 Winchester, .40-65 Winchester, .45-75 Winchester (North-West Mounted Police), and a .50-110 Winchester.

     Personally, I'd like a .32-20 next.  
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Lever actions, eh?  Let's see:  Winchesters, all; .44-40 in a '73, and a 38-40 and a .32-20.  Hmm. .25-20 in a '92.  Oh, ya, .33 Win in an '86, and a .45-70 in an '86; and a .348 coming in a Browning 71.   Not counting the Ruger No. 1's, which are also lever actions.  Maybe that will meet the requirements of the National Lever Action Society.

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Pete, you desperately need a Marlin 39A "Golden" .22 short/long/long rifle to complete your collection.

My first gun, and you couldn't get mine away from me for a million bucks.  Been looking for another to start my son with.
 

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Now y'er talkin, boys. Call me crazy, but I've got 'em in lots'a calibers. All Winchesters;all shooters. Gotta '76 in 45-60, '86s in 38-56,40-65,45-70 & 45-90, '92 SRCs in 25-20, '94s in 30WCF & 38-55 and '95s in 35WCF and 30gov06. I also don't have a 32-20, but hope to add one and a 50-110 soon. Keep'em smokin'. mike
 

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don't forget the mod 88,blr,and sav99 in 243,308,358,284 nor the mod 92 in 38-40 and 44-40 and the browning 92 in 357 and 44 mags.  sounds like a lot of cracks need to be filled.
 

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You're absolutely correct, rackett. So many cracks, so few funds. I would like to have a couple of 99s. I like the early A's in 38-55 and .303 sav. There is a .250 saddle rifle in one of our local shops . The metal is maybe 60%, the wood stripped. It has the original carbine buttplate, bore about a 9, and good mechanics. He's askin' $350. I don't like the stripped wood. I don't know what it is,either. It is a real light yellow color with little figure and tight grain. You know, I'm also a fool for Colt pump rifles in large calibers. They are every bit as fun to shot as Winchesters are.They sure draw a crowd at the range,too.
Try and keep 'em in the black, mike
 

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I have two thirty-thirty's, and would like to add a 25-20, a 38-55 and a twenty-two. I probably would prefer Marlins.   IDShooter
 

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Whoa up there fellas.
I like life to be simple and having a 45-70 Winchester 1886 can do any of the above chores with the right hand load. Heck I don't have to learn the nuances of each of the different caliber rifles.
I will admit to walking through the local gun peddler's and a Winchester 92 clone, in 45 Colt, followed me home. But that don't count any because it's a shrunk up 1886 in 45 caliber.
There's a Sharps, in 45-70, that's been winking at me but again that don't count because it ain't a lever action.
The Winchester 95 is singing a sweet song, but I don't think I want to slide back to some minor caliber, it's got to be 45-something. It seems traditional like.
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I did forget my .22 Cal Winchester Legacy, so it may have to be the 25-20 next or <!--emo&???--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'><!--endemo-->

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Favorite lever guns..... hmmmm.  As much as I use and enjoy my .444's for hunting, I love my .357 lever guns the most.  In fact, if I didn't live and hunt where I could hunt elk, and had to deal with the potential confrontation with mooose and big bears, the .357's would be my constant companion.  I've taken truck loads of deer (literally) with the .357 lever guns, and when loaded with a 160g WFNBB bullet in .38 spcl. brass with 6.2g AA#5, it will spit the pills out at about 1200 fps.  This is a +P pressure load, but one that is easy on the ears, easy on the pocket book and very, very deadly out to around 100 yards.  

When loaded with these +P .38's I have great fun with these little guns, and wouldn't back down from an opportunity on a deer either.  With .38 spcl once fire brass so cheap right now, when you go small game hunting, it's no big deal if you lose a piece of brass, and just makes things that much more fun.

Yep, my vote goes for the .357 lever guns.... I like the older Marlins, but my favorite is the pre-safety Rossi 92's!

Fun thread!

God Bless,

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Marshall,

Vary interesting about the .357 Lever action rifles. I think that may be my next addition and will fill my .35 Cal. void.
I have taken a number of deer with an old Rem.141 pump and the 180gr. Speer and a high end load of RL#7, vary effective. (Sorry I sold that rifle)

Thanks

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I don't think anyone has mentioned my favorite: the .25-35.  I have two .25-20s, a .30-30, a BLR in .308 and a .45-70 GG, but the rifle that is really fun to shoot is my Winchester .25-35.
 

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hello. I am new to this forum and this computer stuff. Hope I post this right. I have an 1886 browning sadle ring carbine in 45-70, a model 94 30-30 and a Marlin 1894CL in 25-20. I shoot cast bullets in all three of these. The 25-20 has becom my favoite small game rifle. I would like to add a Marlin .357 Mag to my battery though.
 

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Erick,
Welcome to the forum and your post turned out great.  Feel free to jump in at anytime.  Good choices on the levers, seems great minds think alike. <!--emo&:D--><img src="http://beartoothbullets.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'><!--endemo-->
 
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