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Old July 23rd, 2020, 01:10 PM #1
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Marlin 1894 Dark

Got the latest "Shooting Illustrated" a few minutes ago. On the cover is a new lever-action from Marlin, tactical style.

I may just have to look into this thing!

It runs .38spl/.357mag, 8+1, top rail, threaded for "muzzle devices", adjustable ghost ring sights, paracord sling (and wrap on the loop).

The review was very positive.
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Guessing the Henry Big Boy X must be selling well.
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Wow, I dont hate either the Marlin or Henry tactical models. They are tastefully done. After seeing the Mossberg 464 SPX, I just assumed I hated all tactical lever guns.
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Wow, I dont hate either the Marlin or Henry tactical models. They are tastefully done. After seeing the Mossberg 464 SPX, I just assumed I hated all tactical lever guns.
Not a fan either. But hey, to each his own as they say, and that's why they make chocolate and vanilla both.

For the Op's purposes considering a purchase though, I'll add this thought. I bought a Henry steel .357 a while back, and have had more damned fun with that little rifle than I ever imagined I would. I have a 22 and a 44 mag and a 30-30 lever also. But of the levers I own, there's something special (ballistically speaking and regarding the shooting fun factor both) about 357 in a lever gun.

DO buy yourself a .357 lever!
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Not a fan either. But hey, to each his own as they say, and that's why they make chocolate and vanilla both.

For the Op's purposes considering a purchase though, I'll add this thought. I bought a Henry steel .357 a while back, and have had more damned fun with that little rifle than I ever imagined I would. I have a 22 and a 44 mag and a 30-30 lever also. But of the levers I own, there's something special (ballistically speaking and regarding the shooting fun factor both) about 357 in a lever gun.

DO buy yourself a .357 lever!
I have a Rossi, and while it's a nice shooter, the loading gate is still a cranky little bitch

I'm thinking that something built specifically for operability might be well worth it.

I almost bought the stainless model several years ago, but was on a motorcycle that day, which saved me
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I have a Rossi, and while it's a nice shooter, the loading gate is still a cranky little bitch

I'm thinking that something built specifically for operability might be well worth it.

I almost bought the stainless model several years ago, but was on a motorcycle that day, which saved me
I had a Rossi with the same problem. Great gun, just fussy loading it.

I think this Marlin would be awesome for someone who does 4-wheeling and doesnt want to mess up an old school lever gun. I wouldn't mind carrying one of them on my buddies side by side in WV.
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Not a fan either. But hey, to each his own as they say, and that's why they make chocolate and vanilla both.

For the Op's purposes considering a purchase though, I'll add this thought. I bought a Henry steel .357 a while back, and have had more damned fun with that little rifle than I ever imagined I would. I have a 22 and a 44 mag and a 30-30 lever also. But of the levers I own, there's something special (ballistically speaking and regarding the shooting fun factor both) about 357 in a lever gun.

DO buy yourself a .357 lever!
Ya know, Duke.... you are NOT helping me, here!!!

I've got several lever guns in .45-70 and in .44 magnum.

Reading your post, has got me started perusing various vendors' sites and shops, looking for a .357/.38 lever gun.



Before I spend the money, I'm gonna have to join "RA". Rifleholics Anonymous.
Maybe they can help with the addiction.
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Call me old-fashioned but "tactical" and "lever gun" should never appear in the same sentence.
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I have the Henry Big Boy Steel in .357, an absolute joy to shoot. Trying to work-out a deal on a Marlin 1895GBL with a member here right now, I heading down the path of lever-gun addiction fast.
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I have a Rossi, and while it's a nice shooter, the loading gate is still a cranky little bitch

I'm thinking that something built specifically for operability might be well worth it.

I almost bought the stainless model several years ago, but was on a motorcycle that day, which saved me
The loading gate is an easy fix. You can remove it and take off about .050 off of the top and bottom of the thin part and it will be much easier to use.
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