I think Bill is close to right here, but a Savage 99 in 250 Savage would be the ticket for me. They have fascinated me, and I wish I had bought the last one I looked at... so many guns, so little cash, so little time.
Santa could drop off an 1895 in 35Win. with a mint bore and 95% condition and I'd truly believe in Santa. I consider this one of the most useful cartridges Winchester ever put in that rifle and it was sorely unappreciated by a lot of hunters. Stupidly, I let the several that I owned 45 years ago pass through my hands and haven't seen a really nice one since. (At least at a price I could afford).
I'll go with J Miller on this one and take the 1886 in the 50-110. Unless of course you consider falling block single shots "levers" (hey, they do have a lever), then it would be a Sharps in the 45-110.
Make mine an 1895 Winchester custom chambered for the .35 Whelen. And equip it with one of the original peep sights. I saw one of these advertised for sale on one of the online gun auctions a while back and almost cried when I saw the price tag.
How distant past? One of the only guns that I realy hankered for was a little lever action Savage chambered for the 250-3000. I saw this little jewel while on my first ever deer hunt with my dad. I have wanted one ever since.
I feel pretty content with my 45/70 but am planning on adding a .45Colt/.454Casull for "light work"...I believe Rossi is coming out with one in stainless this summer.
I would add that ANY lever action found under the tree would not be rejected or neglected!
I'm a bit shocked that no one has mentioned the Browning 1886 Carbine in 45-70 as being a great gift. Is it because they are so scarce? Too pricey? Are they not generally accurate and fun to shoot even with heavy loads?
Thanks Jimmy. I have several friends who have Browning 86's and they literally "go to pieces" over them. They all agree that they're just a bit heavy compared to the Winchester 94 for instance, but they extol their praises (accuracy, balance, and ability to help cushion the recoil from heavy loads from Buffalo Bore and Garrett ammo). The Browning 86 is not readily available on the market, and even the USED ones bring a premium!
m141a, CONGRATULATIONS! You have an absolutely beautiful firearm. Compared to the Winchester, I'm not a big fan of Marlins, but in your case I must say, "I'm tempted to go and ... one." Well, I'd better not say "buy one" because I might do it, then return home to a good verbal beating from you know who. I can see her face now . I can even hear her ask, "Why did you go out and buy another rifle you...you...you..." Then, she looks at the beautiful Marlin 38-55 and says, "As I was saying...you...you...you MAN WITH GREAT TASTE!" No joke, good looking rifle!
I'm waiting to find an '86 lightweight takedown, rapid taper bbl, full mag., shotgun butt,.40-82 WCF under the tree. I found one and put my name on it. We'll see.
Wishing y'all a happy and blessed Christmas,
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