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    Entry level lever action rifle....

    Looking to broaden my horizons and pick up a lever action rifle. I know nothing about them. Anyone have a suggestion for a good starter rifle? Figure it will be used for shooting paper....

    Thanks to all in advance!
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    Henry usually get the best accolades for both their quality and customer support.

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      #3
      Find a used Marlin.

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        #4
        Love the lever action guns, I have a Rossi 30-30 Rio grand and a Henry 17 HMR.. The Rossi is a nice gun, But the Henry hands down is a great American made lever action in any caliber. .Do it right the first time, Henry in my opinion. ..

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          #5
          I was in the same boat a couple months ago. After a good deal of research and talking to folks I decided on a Marlin 336. Got one of new Remlin versions for basically two different reasons. One, I didn't want to buy a JM marked 336 sight unseen because used Marlins aren't readily available at LGS's and ordering online sight unseen I wouldn't know the actual quality of the rifle I was getting and don't know enough of all the many different special models the company made to make an educated purchase and I didn't want to get stuck with an overpriced dud.
          Two, I understand that the new Remington made guns have been leaving the factory as very nice arms. There was a big teething problem that lasted for some years but my rifle is testsment( to me anyway) that they finally got it right.
          That said, I would recommend either an older Marlin, Ct made one or a new production one.
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            #6
            Nothing like a nice lever action.... I only have 2 right now. A Henry .22lr and a Rossi 30-30 Rio Grande also. Love both.
            Most of the 'major' companies that produce them make a good, reliable product, in a wide range of calibers.
            Just beware of the cost of ammo for some of them. If you're looking for a rifle to mainly take to the range and go through a lot of rounds, some can get very pricey.
            For just plinking and popping holes in paper, Henry makes a very good .22lr in many different models.
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              #7
              I bought a Marlin 1894 in .44 magnum. I am also only doing target shooting and like the idea of the crossover with pistol caliber ammo, e.g., you can also shoot .44 specials with it. It's a pretty fun gun because with the .44 magnum loads, it definitely goes boom. When I was looking, I would have preferred the 1894C which is chambered in .357 magnum and can also shoot .38 specials but they were almost non-existent at the time and severely backordered at Marlin; don't know if that's changed but if so, definitely worth a look.

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                #8
                Entry level and for shooting paper....either a Henry .22 or maybe a Rossi .38/357.
                “The Wise are silent, the Foolish speak, and children are thus led astray.”
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                  #9
                  We bought a second .22 Henry in the "Frontier" model as I can never get the first one out of my wife's hands if she joins me at the range. Both are more accurate than the 10/22 I sold and the equal of the Marlin 60 in accuracy. I did look for a used Marlin 39A for a bit but was concerned about buying one used and decided against it. I compared the first Henry .22 to a Winchester 9422 (admittedly made in Japan) and the action of the Henry was much smoother and the Henry was about fifty bucks cheaper. I have a Marlin 336 in .35 Remington but rarely shoot it. (All of my hunting has been by shotgun.)

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                    #10
                    I'm also a fan boy of the Henry .22. Love shooting mine!
                    (Love those pics Terry)
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                      #11
                      My first step up from .22 LR, as a teenager was a Winchester 94A in .30-30. Don't have it anymore, long story, but more or less my parents got divorced, and my father wouldn't let me have it. Awesome lever action gun, if I wasn't blowing all my money on Sigs, I would have replaced it already.
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                        #12
                        Marlin 336, I have one in 45-70, little pricey to shoot though.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by T.J. View Post
                          Nothing like a nice lever action.... I only have 2 right now. A Henry .22lr and a Rossi 30-30 Rio Grande also. Love both.
                          Most of the 'major' companies that produce them make a good, reliable product, in a wide range of calibers.
                          Just beware of the cost of ammo for some of them. If you're looking for a rifle to mainly take to the range and go through a lot of rounds, some can get very pricey.
                          For just plinking and popping holes in paper, Henry makes a very good .22lr in many different models.
                          Both beauties! Where did you pick up the leather?

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by AmericanDragon View Post

                            Both beauties! Where did you pick up the leather?
                            Thanks...
                            The cheek rest for the Rossi I bought from Cabelas a couple of years ago.
                            http://www.cabelas.com/product/Tripl...Pad/706669.uts

                            For the Henry, I decided to try my hand at doing myself.
                            Picked up some bulk leather and a few basic tools from a company in Connecticut called Tandy Leather, and wrapped the stock and foregrip.
                            Had a good time making them, and was very happy with the results. Kind of created another hobby for myself. and now have a few more leather projects lined up.

                            http://www.longislandgunclub.com/for...e-into-leather

                            www.tandyleather.com/en/



                            Artist formerly known as TERRY P

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                              #15
                              You did a nice job on the Henry, it looks great! I might have to try my hand at "leatherizing" my Henry! 😀. Thanks much for the info and best of luck with your new hobby!!

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