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Posted: 12/7/2010 6:06:14 PM EDT
I'm pretty boring, I use a dirty thirty, my only levergun Since its the only one I have, I practice a ton with it! I havent shot it past 250 yet, and have taken a doe at 223 yards (laser range finder).

I want a new lever action, but I need a caliber I can justify. Something my 30-30 isn't already doing. I can't seem to commit to the 45-70/450 Marlin. I've got a 357 mag, but what can I really use it for other than paper? Can you whack groundhogs/rabbits/squirrels and other small game?

So, with that said, what caliber do you like, and how far do you practice/hunt with it?
Link Posted: 12/7/2010 7:08:18 PM EDT
[#1]
I just got a 450 marlin for $400... I plan on shooting anything eatable!

Link Posted: 12/7/2010 7:35:29 PM EDT
[#2]
Take it from a CATM guy.  You can do alot with a 357.  I know plenty of fellas ou there that whack deer size animals every year.  I have several 45-70 leverguns and they will get the job done.  They really shine if you reload.  Browning BLM's can be had in 300 win, 308 etc.  Savage 99's are sexy as hell and can be had in several calibers.
Link Posted: 12/8/2010 2:28:38 PM EDT
[#3]
big fan of 44 mag in a levergun. Definately a capable deer round.
Link Posted: 12/8/2010 2:38:37 PM EDT
[#4]
300 Savage.  I like to keep distances under 200 yards if possible.



Savage M99-R
Link Posted: 12/8/2010 4:13:34 PM EDT
[#5]
30-30. Where I hunt in WV, can't use the Marlin in OH, most shots would be 75yds or less.
Link Posted: 12/9/2010 5:37:49 AM EDT
[#6]
We are limited in IN, so 41Mag 1894. When I go to KY I normally go with a bolt gun because I can get long shots in most of the places I hunt - if it is in a spot where that isn't so the the 444 goes on the trips just for those times.
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 3:12:04 AM EDT
[#7]
This was my first year actually hunting deer (didn't get the chance last two).  I brought my Marlin 1894FG in .41 Magnum.  The ranges I was shooting at wasn't going to be very far, though.  I think the deer I took was thirty yards away.
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 3:34:18 AM EDT
[#8]
pick up another 30-30 and take it out to 30-40 Krag Improved.
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 6:01:59 AM EDT
[#9]
.308 or .338 MArlin Express –– either one would give a bit more long range capability.    If you like the (somewhat) older stuff or just dont like MArlins ,  a .307 Winchester may be up your alley

I personally use a 45-70 with the FTX Hornady factory load for hunting.   I've practiced at 200 yards and would not hesitate to make a 200 yard shot,  but most of my hunting is in the 100 yard range
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 7:15:02 AM EDT
[#10]
savage 99 in 308 win and cowboy model 1895.
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 3:22:12 PM EDT
[#11]
Quoted:
I personally use a 45-70 with the FTX Hornady factory load for hunting.   I've practiced at 200 yards and would not hesitate to make a 200 yard shot,  but most of my hunting is in the 100 yard range


this
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 7:33:20 PM EDT
[#12]
I have a .444 Marlin.  Works great for hunting the woods where a long shot is 50 yards.  I love it, and it lays down deer like the hammer of Thor.
Link Posted: 12/16/2010 7:53:25 PM EDT
[#13]
358 Winchester

So far, I don't take shot beyond 100 yards since I haven't yet mastered it's ballistics, which are radically different than a 165 grain from a 300 Win Mag.
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