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Too Much Time on My Hands, I guess...

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The only lever-gun I own (sadly) is a rather nice Rossi M1892 Win. reproduction in .45 Colt. I love it, and I think it's begun to make me a better shot than I really am. I've been seeing some nice-looking Marlin 94s(?) in .44 Mag, and the thought of getting one to convert to .357 B&D occurred to me. Starting with a .44 Magnum carbine would entail rebarreling, and I have no idea of the work involved.
I'm wondering if the simpler conversion would be to start with a lever gun in .357 Magnum, have the chamber reamed to .357 B&D, and then R&R the "bolt" (?) with one having a bolt face for .44 Magnum. R&R-ing the mafazine tube assembly is probably a must-do, also.
Even if the above procedures can be done with reasonable convenience, I wonder what changes might need to be made to the feed way parts to facilitate reliable operation.
Ideas? Comments? Surmises? Guesses? Groans? Hallicinations? All welcome.
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To be honest, I've never heard of the 357 B&D until reading your off to the interwebs I went. Interesting cartridge indeed.

My initial and totally unprofessional in the terms of gunsmithing thoughts are this....

Might be easier to buy a 44mag carbine, then acquire a 357 barrel and have the chamber of that barrel reamed to 357 B&D. One thing to take into consideration with that route is the barrel stock of a 357 chambered barrel may be smaller than that of a 44mag barrel. Not saying this is a fact, but definitely would need looking into. If that option is feasible on that aspect, I would not think any alterations of the bolt or even the lifter would be necessary??

As to the mag tube, I would not suspect a need to alter that either if the rifle is bought as a 44mag to begin with.

If a 357 barrel is smaller than a 44mag barrel the whole idea may be dead in the water absent the willingness to take on considerable expense. I would be concerned with safety to ream a 357 chamber if the barrel OD of a 357 is smaller than that of a 44.

My Win 94 Trapper has a fatter barrel than my 32Spl as well as my 375 Win.
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Darklord, my feelings exactly. Leverguns in unusual cartridges are addicting.
As an owner of lever rifles in 375 Win, 45-60WCF and 45-90WCF, I approve this message 🤣

And there are still more on my wish list
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