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Old 25 August 2018, 01:16
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I am making room in my small brain housing unit for big and slow instead of small and fast.

257WBY Vs 45-70 or along those lines.
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Old 25 August 2018, 02:01
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I am making room in my small brain housing unit for big and slow instead of small and fast.

257WBY Vs 45-70 or along those lines.
I know lots of guys (including me) who keep a backup Marlin 1895 45-70 in camp for Kodiak Brown Bears..

I know no one who relies on a 257 Bob for the same.
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Old 25 August 2018, 08:08
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I am making room in my small brain housing unit for big and slow instead of small and fast.

257WBY Vs 45-70 or along those lines.

One more time...just for me. What is the primary game you'll be hunting and what average range?
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Old 25 August 2018, 09:49
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You should also consider decent used rifles. I'd put in a call to Whittaker Guns in KY (270) 229-0140, they have a huge selection of used stuff. The new Winchester stuff is comparable in price to the Italian repros. I'd look at either grabagun.com and/or CDNN and see if there's anything that strikes your fancy.

Do you cast lead bullets or would you consider getting started? The old lever guns really thrive on lead bullets. It gives you complete control over what the bullet does. The same bullet can work wonderfully on deer at 1300fps when cast of 20:1 lead/tin alloy, and the same bullet will shoot completely through a moose lengthwise when cast of water quenched wheel weight material at fired at modern rifle pressures.

The old time bullet worked due to sectional density, mass and large initial diameter. A 45/70 bullet starts out larger than a 257 will ever hope to mushroom to, and it's mass ensures it will penetrate completely through a critter so it bleeds out both sides.

The Marlin 1895 doesn't handle long bullets as well as the Win 1886/Model 71 and (obviously) any single shot rifles. I could use 500gn bullets in the 1886, but that custom 440 was all that would fit in the 1895, at decent case capacity seating length. S/F....Ken M
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One more time...just for me. What is the primary game you'll be hunting and what average range?
Plinking/paper, up to Coyote.

I am really leaning towards the 25-20 to get started and reload for.

Everyone thank you for all of the information.
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I would suggest 32-20 over 25-20, unless you find a nice rifle in 25-20. It's significantly more available, and cheaper all around, as well as capable of more. 25-35 would be a different story. S/F....Ken M
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Not all lever guns, but working on the safe today.

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Not all lever guns, but working on the safe today.
In the middle, scoped...is that a Drilling or a double?
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Odd bird, 16Ga over .243 Double.
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Odd bird, 16Ga over .243 Double.
Nice! Rare, to boot.
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Odd bird, 16Ga over .243 Double.
Very cool! What a combo.

What caliber is the Savage 88. I love that ugly, glorious gun.
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.357 and .44 Mag in carbine- and rifle-length barrels have some pretty impressive ballistics.

My two personal favorite lever cartridges are .45-70 and .35 Rem. I have a 1895G and a 336 that I bought new in the mid-90s. Both are stock other than receiver rear sights that I added (and removed the leaf sights).

As far as .45-70 being a thumper, not always...you can buy very light recoiling 45-70. Very versatile loading.
I had a marlin in 35 Remington, never shot it much. I like the pistol calibers, I have a Rossi in .357 mag, a Winchester 1894 in 44 Mag and a matched set of Uncle Henry's in .357 and 44 mag Golden Boys with octagon barrels.
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Very cool! What a combo.

What caliber is the Savage 88. I love that ugly, glorious gun.
300 Savage.

I have a "project" 250- 3000 take down that has had a rough life, no fore end and take down is a memory. Need to get around to that one.
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This 32 20 Winchester just came up for sale local to me. Not mine, dont know the guy. Looks good to be made in 1919.

www dot carolinafirearmsforum dot com/index.php?threads/winchester-32-20.31788/#post-543501
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My Pedersoli rolling block in 45-70 with a 34" barrel and an MVA Soule XLR sight.

I shall start shooting her soon.

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I have a chance to pick up a Win. 94 XTR Big Bore in 375 Win. Unfired for $700.

The ammo is hard to find and so is brass. But, it is a balance of what I want.

Not a plinking round, but should be a good starter lever gun.

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I'd leave that to potential collectors unless it really strikes your fancy.

https://www.gunvaluesboard.com/winch...n-4202426.html

My father has a Ruger No 3 in 375 Win, so they're out there, but I'd be looking for something with a little more support in ammo. S/F.....Ken M
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Old 10 September 2018, 20:44
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I have a chance to pick up a Win. 94 XTR Big Bore in 375 Win. Unfired for $700.

The ammo is hard to find and so is brass. But, it is a balance of what I want.

Not a plinking round, but should be a good starter lever gun.

Your thoughts?
I'd let it go as well. It's obscure because it didn't do anything special. It's not obscure because it's old (at least being old would make it interesting).

700 sounds high to me for a post-64 Win 94 regardless.

If it helps your search, go here:

https://www.galleryofguns.com/

and it will give you an idea of what's out there for what price. You can narrow your search by caliber, type of action, etc.

I've used them before and will use them again.
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I was looking at Marlin, I found the 1895 Big Bore Cowboy model with a cool looking 26” octagonal barrel.

How is quality with Marlin?

https://www.marlinfirearms.com/lever...e/model-1895cb
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I’ve always been a fan of marlin lever guns...

They’re typically not going to be the prettiest girl at the dance... they’re not going to have the deepest blue, nicest wood, cleanest fit, etc.. but they are generally rock solid reliable, accurate, and durable...

I particularly like the old classic 336 in 30-30 and the guide gun in 45-70
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