I was checking a flier I got from Kentucky Gon Co and thought of your interest in the 357 lever. They sell a lot of them, I bought one there. Prices are usually the cheapest around.Maybe trying to find a unicorn but does anyone know of any that will function reliably with both? If I need to tune the . 38 Special OAL to function I can as I handload.
I'm not in a tearing hurry to buy one just doing some research before looking for one new or used. I'm also not always keen on believing manufacturers claims.
That's why I'm asking if anyone has any actual experience getting both to work in the same rifle.
If all else fails I'll probably get a Henry side loader in .357 as they are least advertise .357mag/.38spl and they are in business.
If I got an older Winchester or Marlin ni matter how good or what vintage...
Some of the Rossi ones aren't too bad but again parts
The various Italian made imports I don't know yet
What I'm looking for is a hunting/defense/CAS-SASS crossover use rifle if possible.
I commented about the weight problem with the Henrys'. I checked their adds. The Henry with the 20 inch barrel is listed at 7.84 pounds. The Rossi with the 20 inch is listed at 5.6 pounds. Heavier than I thought. In fact they are heavier than my Marlin 1895 in 410 shotgun and my Marlin Guide Gun 45-70. Both of those are listed at 7 pounds.
For reference, the Henry Big Bore in 45-70 with the 20 inch barrel is lighter than the 357 model, it is a little over 7 pounds, nearly a pound lighter than the 357.
The Marlin 357 levers with the 18.5 inch barrel are 6.5 pounds.
HENRY Big Boy Side Gate 357 Mag 20in Black 10rd » KYGUNCO
Just wanted to be clear. Nothing wrong with the Henry but the one model in 357 is much heavier than any others on the market, from 5.6 pounds to 6.5 to 7 is the norm for the 20 inch barrel. The Henry is 7.84 pounds. I bought 3 Henrys in my life, and kept one, a 22 mag Golden Boy beautiful gun and shoot great. But not a hunting gun.
For anyone who hunts, it matters.
A regular Marlin 30-30 model 336 with 20 inch barrel is 7 pounds.