Recommendations for.357 Lever Action

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  1. sirptrk

    sirptrk G&G Newbie

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    Does anyone have any preferences or recommendations on a good, mid priced .357 lever action rifle. Is the Rossi lever action a pretty dependable gun?:feedback:
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    cma g21 G&G Newbie

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    I have a Rossi .357 (as well as one in .44 and .454) and am very satisfied.

    Out of the box, they can be a little rough, and the new ones have an annoying safety on top of the bolt. Both those issues are easy to deal with.

    If you get one, I highly recommend getting Steve Young’s DVD. It’s really helpful for disassembly and cleaning, and he even shows you how to smooth up the action. He can also do the action work (if you feel it’s something you don’t feel comfortable doing). I had him do one of my Rossi’s and he does great work, just be aware he has a 16-20 week turn around time.

    Rossi 92 Specialist, Nate Kiowa Jones a.k.a. Steve Young - Professional Gunsmith

    I also had a Marlin .357 that I regret trading. While I prefer Rossi, the Marlin is much easier to add a scope or peep sight to.
  3. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie

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    Rossi is a good buy

    Rossi's are good buys. Often the people selling guns put them down as they have a low dealer profit margin. If you want a scope then go with the more expensive Marlin. If you want iron sights the Rossi will shoot well and come to smoothness with use. Use equals practice which equals ability
    to hit the target.
  4. Pumpkinheaver

    Pumpkinheaver G&G Enthusiast

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    I have never used a Rossi carbine. I do have first hand knowledge od the Marlin 1894 and the Winchester 1894 in .357. Of the 2 I prefer the Marlin. My dad prefers the Winchester. Go figure.
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    rckymtnboy G&G Newbie

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    I made the mistake of buying a Rossi .44 lever action. Maybe I just had a lemon, but this thing was the roughest action I've ever felt. Clunky as he!!. Half the time you couldn't chamber a round without working the lever, hitting the side of the receiver with your hand, and then working the lever again. I own Marlin (in .45-70) and Browning (.300 WSM) lever actions and they are worlds better. You really do get what you pay for.
  6. cma g21

    cma g21 G&G Newbie

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    Most aren't that rough, but some are. Part of the problem is rough finish on the interior moving parts (these will smooth up some with use). The other part of the problem is Rossi uses springs that are too strong (in an effort to overcome rough parts). This is unlikely to improve with use.
    Fortunately, with the simplest of tools, the Rossi can become incredibly smooth. I am not all that handy with tools, and I was able to get my .44 and .454 really slick. The .357 (purchased used) had other issues, and I ended up sending it in to be tuned up professionally.
  7. pajaro

    pajaro G&G Newbie

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    browning 357

    ive had a browning for years..... its a good one..... easy shooting and accurate..... no experience with any others though..... the winchester 94 sounds interesting..... i wasnt aware winchester made these in .357 cal...... learn something new every day.......
  8. Theodore

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    I own and shoot a 357 Marlin and love it...My brother has the Rossi and had to send it back twice....it was very rough....heard of the Win. but never saw one
  9. jerry

    jerry G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

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    My friend has a Winchester and swears by it. I have not shot it yet.
  10. DWARREN123

    DWARREN123 G&G Newbie

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    You will not find better than a Marlin!
  11. Don357

    Don357 G&G Regular

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    Try a Puma from Legacy Arms. American Rifleman Magazine had an article that said they were a decent rifle.
  12. okami515

    okami515 G&G Regular

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    the puma's are great little guns have all of them but the early 44-40 version. they all shoot great. the wood on them is nothing spectacular in terms of grain but I love them just the same.
  13. utahvarminter

    utahvarminter G&G Newbie

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    I find Marlins to be good guns, however the actions are a little rough. One recommendation, never shoot .38 wad cutters out of a 357 Marlin: they don't cycle in my experience.
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