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10 Best Lever Action Rifles of 2023

Looking to get a lever gun? Whether it's for hunting, plinking, or winning the West...we've got you covered with some history and our favorite picks.

    I grew up on Western films and series, so few things have been as iconic to me as single-action revolvers and lever-action rifles.

    Top to Bottom Winchester 94 in 45 Colt, Henry 22LR, Winchester 94 Carbine 30-30, Savage 99 in 300 Savage, Winchester 94 Trapper 30-30, Marlin 30AS 30-30
    Top to Bottom Winchester 94 in 45 Colt, Henry 22LR, Winchester 94 Carbine 30-30, Savage 99 in 300 Savage, Winchester 94 Trapper 30-30, Marlin 30AS 30-30

    Let’s be honest; who saw Young Guns or Tombstone and didn’t want to run around cleaning up the bad guys with a badge and a rifle?

    Today’s uses for these classic rifles look very different, but the lever-action rifle is still a beloved firearm with many applications for gun owners.  

    45 Colt Reloads

    So, what makes lever-actions stand out amidst the sea of options in the firearms market?

    Well, we’re going to talk about that today. I’ll run you through why these guns stood the test of time, and I’ll even throw some options your way if you’re in the market for one.

    Summary of Our Top Picks

    1. Best Tactical Lever Action

      Henry Big Boy X

      Classic design paired with an all-black finish, Picatinny rail, and M-LOK slots brings this gun into the modern, tactical era.

    2. Best Classic Lever Action

      Winchester Model 94

      Classic design that's stood the test of time, smooth cocking action, very reminiscent of lever actions of the past.

    3. Best for Deer Hunting

      Marlin 336

      Legend among deer hunters, this lever action is perfect for the field and is easy to disassemble and clean.

    4. Best for Beginners

      Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy

      Great beginner gun for those new to lever actions, available in three rimfire caliber options: .22 (short, long, long rifle), .22 Magnum, and .17 HMR.

    5. Best for Big Game

      Marlin Model 1895

      Chambered in .45-70, this lever action is great for taking down big game.

    6. Most Durable

      Henry Repeating Arms All-Weather Lever Action Side Gate

      This gun is great for all environments and weather conditions. It's a sturdy, durable model ready for the field.

    7. Best for Cowboy Action Shooting

      Winchester Model 1892

      A must have for Cowboy Action shooters, the Model 1892 brings a classic design perfect for competition.

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    Why Lever-Actions?

    With a ton of firearms on the table, why would anyone choose a lever-action?

    For some, like myself, it’s nostalgia.

    Seeing and holding these guns brings back memories of childhood and the heroes of yesteryear.

    Henry .45-70 Gif

    For others, these guns serve as a practical solution. Hunters find that lever-action rifles are an excellent choice for different landscapes and game types where speed matters.

    There are also many collectors out there with lever-action showpieces, some rich with history, others unique in their aesthetics.

    Henry .45-70 Case Hardened

    These have weathered the test of time and don’t appear to be going anywhere soon.

    The Big Three

    Three big names dominate the lever-gun market, each with slight differences and a variety of options.

    So, let’s take a look at the companies that are renowned for lever-actions.

    Henry Repeating Arms’ rifles date back to 1860, when they established the first patent for a lever-action repeating rifle.

    Henry .45-70 Accuracy Testing
    Henry .45-70

    In 1996, Louis Imperato and his son bought the trademark to the Henry name and began producing rifles inspired by the original Henry rifle designs.

    Today, their goal is to produce well-crafted, classic firearms that are affordable for all.

    Every gun is “Made in America, or Not Made at All.”

    Henry Case Hardening
    Henry Case Hardening

    Henry rifles are high-quality, reliable guns that feature several different styles, options, and calibers to suit the needs of a broad base of customers.

    On the other hand, Marlin Firearms has more than 150 years of continuous production. The company started in the late 1800s.

    Though they have changed owners a couple of times, and the quality of some of their products has been questioned as of late, their lever-action rifles have continued to be excellent quality, dependable guns.

    Marlin .45-70 angled
    A little side-by-side look at an older Marlin Model 1895 in .45-70 Gov’t and the new Dark Series version.

    Some form of the Winchester Arms company has been around since the mid-1800s.

    Started by legendary gun makers Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson (yes, of Smith & Wesson fame), their first version of the company was Volcanic Repeating Arms.

    The “Volcanic” lever-action rifle was an improved design over the Volition Repeating Rifle of 1848.

    Volition Repeating Rifle
    Volition Repeating Rifle

    Fast forward 10 years, both Smith and Wesson left the company, and Oliver Winchester and John Davies purchased the rights.

    In 1866, they produced the first version of the Winchester Rifle.

    The model 1873 was dubbed “The Gun That Won the West” due partly to its use of the new .44-40 Winchester Center Fire round.

    Legendary Model 1873
    Legendary Model 1873

    Versions of some of their earliest guns, albeit with updates to design and function, are still available from Winchester today.

    So, with that said, what are some models you should consider if a lever-action is on your buy list?

    Best Lever-Action Rifles

    1. Henry Repeating Arms X Models

    The X Model line of rifles from Henry takes the classic feel of the lever-action and adds modern tweaks to it.

    7. Henry Big Boy X with EOTech Surefire Scout Light
    Henry Big Boy X with EOTech Surefire Scout Light

    Available in .30-30, .410 shotgun, .45-70, or the Big Boy (.45 Colt, .357/.38 Special, .44 Mag/.44 Special), each X Model features synthetic furniture, a Picatinny top rail, M-LOK slots on the forend, and a rubber recoil pad on the buttstock.

    19. Henry Big Boy X Group Shots

    A blued steel barrel with a threaded muzzle allows for a suppressor on any of the models, and fiber optic sights round out the package.

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    2. Winchester Model 94

    This rifle is part of a legacy.

    John Moses Browning designed the original Model 1894 to use the then new .30-30 smokeless cartridge.

    Winchester 1894 Deluxe Short Rifle Guns and Ammo
    Winchester 1894 Deluxe Short Rifle (Photo: Guns and Ammo)

    This gun radiates sentiments of that lineage…steel and wood, just as Browning would have wanted it.

    Today’s version does have button rifling for increased accuracy and round locking bolt trunnions to help smooth out the lever-action.

    Winchester Model 94 in .30-30
    Winchester Model 94 in .30-30

    But otherwise, it remains reminiscent of the original.

    Few guns are as comfortable to operate as the Model 94 with its slightly radiused lever and smooth cocking action.

    Six current production versions are available, each with a slight tweak to the original design, but all sleek and appealing.

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    3. Marlin Model 1894

    The 1894 is the first flat-topped, side-ejecting receiver on the market for lever-action guns.

    Marlin’s patent dates back to August 1, 1893, and though it evolved to include some modern improvements, the spirit of the gun remains the same.

    Marlin Model 1894 Ammoland
    Marlin Model 1894 (Photo: Ammoland)

    The Marlin 1894 is available in 12 different configurations, determined by caliber, ranging from .357 Magnum/.38 Special up to .32 H&R Magnum.

    All versions include a black walnut, straight grip stock, with most sporting some form of adjustable sights.

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    4.91/5 (1814)

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    4. Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy

    The Big Boy models of Henry rifles focus on handgun calibers, with many available in 16-inch or 20-inch barrels.

    Big Boy Steel Rifle and Carbine
    Big Boy Steel Rifle and Carbine

    Big Boys also come in each finish and style that Henry offers, from Case Hardened side gates to Steel finishes and the X models.

    They also come in your choice of .45 Colt, .357/.38 Special, .44 Magnum/.44 Special.

    45 Colt Reloads Lever Action
    .45 Colt

    Barrel finish, sight setup, and lever-style will all be determined by the model and size (long or short) of the Big Boy you select, but any model will be rugged.

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    5. Marlin Model 336

    The 336 is a legend amongst deer hunters, and for good reason.

    Since its release in 1948, two calibers have endured with this model — .30-30 and .35 Remington.

    Marlin Model 336C
    Marlin Model 336C

    The 336 is an updated version of the Model 36, improving the gun with features like an open ejection port machined into the receiver, a chrome-plated breech bolt, and an improved extractor.

    One of the unique things about the Model 336 is that it is designed for easy disassembly and can be cleaned from the breech, unlike many other lever-actions.

    Super Easy gif

    Several versions are still available, with Ruger producing more under the Marlin name.

    Most models will sport a 20-inch barrel with a walnut grip stock and full-length tube magazine.

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    6. Winchester Model 1873

    This rifle is as close as you can get to stepping back in time to the late 1800s.

    Featuring the same oil-finished walnut stock and 20-inch round barrel, little has been done to modernize the 1873. Frankly, it doesn’t need it.

    Winchester Model 1873
    Winchester Model 1873

    Available in some pistol calibers that would have been seen on the frontier, the Model 1873 comes in everything from true blue frontier guns to slightly modified sport shooting versions.

    There is even a carbine variant if you need to shoot from horseback!

    Legendary Model 1873
    Take it horseback riding!

    Find the model and caliber that best suits your needs, and hold on for the ride. These genuine pieces of Americana are still some of the best rifles on the market.

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    7. Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy Rimfire

    The Golden Boy is an ideal gun for plinking or use on small game, whether the shooter is an experienced rifleman or a younger child shooting for the first time.

    Henry’s full-size Golden Boy is crafted with a 20-inch blued barrel and outfitted with an American walnut stock, brass buttplate, and Brasslite receiver. 

    Henry Golden Boy
    Henry Golden Boy

    It is available in three rimfire calibers, .22 (short, long, long rifle), .22 Magnum, and .17 HMR.

    Pricing on the Golden Boy line is extremely modest, making it the go-to gun for many beginner shooters.

    Henry Golden Boy with Scope
    Henry Golden Boy with Scope

    The youth version features a smaller barrel and length of pull, making it slightly lighter and compact.

    Handle one for yourself, and you’ll see what it was the first rimfire rifle to win Guns & Ammo’s rifle of the year.

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    8. Marlin Model 1895

    This model is a tribute to the past with a touch of the modern.

    Working off the design of the 336, the Model 1895 pays homage to the Model of 1895, produced from 1895 to 1917.

    Marlin .45-70
    The Marlin Firearms Dark Series Model 1895 chambered in .45-70 Gov’t.

    The Model 1895 comes chambered in .45-70, designed to be the first choice of anyone needing to put down bigger game in a hurry.

    Several different finishes and styles are available. My personal favorite is the 1895 SBL with a stainless finish and grey laminate stock.

    Marlin .45-70 angled
    A little side-by-side look at an older Marlin Model 1895 in .45-70 Gov’t and the new Dark Series version.

    Both the SBL and dark variants feature a flat-top Picatinny rail. So, if you plan to add some optics, look for one of them from the jump.

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    9. Henry Repeating Arms All-Weather Lever Action Side Gate

    All Henry rifles are tough, but the All-Weather line is built to be used and abused.

    Built from materials like stainless steel and hard chrome plating bonded to steel, these guns take the finish to the next level.

    They can be used in just about any environment someone is likely to encounter in their day-to-day life.

    Two caliber choices are available — .30-30 or .45-70.

    L to R - 22 LR, 45 Colt, 30-30 Win, 300 Savage, 45-70
    L to R – 22 LR, 45 Colt, 30-30 Win, 300 Savage, 45-70

    You will be hard-pressed to find a more durable lever-action rifle on the market today.

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    10. Winchester Model 1892

    Another gun produced by John Moses Browning, the Model 1892, is used most often in modern Cowboy Action shooting events.

    For over 125 years, it has been the go-to rifle for some of the biggest names in history and on screen alike.

    Winchester Model 1892

    John Wayne, Chuck Connors, Annie Oakley, and many more trusted a version of this rifle, and you should as well.

    This is one of the lighter guns on the list and yet has insanely low recoil to make it one of the easiest to handle.

    Annie Oakley with her Winchester 1892.

    Available in several pistol calibers and six different styles, the Model 1892 is a gun that you shouldn’t waste time second-guessing.

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    Final Thoughts

    Lever-actions have seen a resurgence of popularity in the last 20 years, and I, for one, am glad.

    These iconic guns evolved with the times, but not so much as to forget where they came from.

    Urban Firearm Setup Winchester 94

    Figure out what caliber and style will fit you best, slap on your hat and duster and get ready to mount up.

    Stick to a gun that offers good quality and a great reputation behind it — you won’t be left looking for much more in the way of a long gun.

    What’s your favorite lever-action? Let us know in the comments below. Ready to hit the Wild West? Check out Cowboy Action Shooting: Ultimate Guide to get in on the action, or just watch some of our favorite guns in Famous Western Movie Guns.

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    • Commenter Avatar
      Lance Fickler

      B 4 I buy there is a couple of Marlin .22's 39 M the original one is a straight grip the other is a pistol grip, both have scopes, one is a 20" the other is a 22" they are both about 85%% grade, the dealer wants $750. for either one, is it a bit pricy?? One is a '81 the other is in the 70's (late I believe) will look at it again to look for a JM and pre - Remington era or other fly by night outfits. :( thank you

      June 20, 2023 6:44 pm
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      I have a Ruger #1, 270 Win Standard rifle (200th yr of American Liberty) that's a tack driver w factory ammo and one of my favorites. I have bolts and semi's including AR's. I have to say my favorite long gun/cartridge combo is my Marlin (before Rem) 1895 Guide Gun 47-70. It bucks but is fast and accurate. I never have to look for the sights. The sights are always where they need to be when it comes to the shoulder from whatever carry position. I put a Merrit adjustable aperture sight on the rear and a white line on the front. My old fart eyes (76yrs) love that Merrit aperture on the receiver. I don't like a scope on my Marlin.

      June 17, 2023 2:04 pm
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      I have a 100 year anniversary Win 94. I find it crazy how much these lever guns have increased in price with recent years. These used to be inexpensive hunting rifles. Now they have tripled in price.

      June 15, 2023 5:17 am
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      Ron Tarr

      As I am left handed lever action rifles have been my choice for centerfire and rimfire at reasonable prices. I have owned and used a Win 94, a Marlin 36, Savage 99 and a Win 88...but for me the most accurate lever I have owned and used for deer is the Sako Finnwolf. This has been my go to deer rifle since 1973. As for rimfire, I will put my Win 9422 against any other lever .22 for quality of wood, metal to wood fit, finish and accuracy.

      June 14, 2023 6:46 pm
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      I inherited a Savage Model 99 in 300 savage some years ago and I love this gun. I have shot several Marlin, Henry and Winchester levers and none of them fit me as well or shot as accurately as my 99.

      June 14, 2023 2:59 pm
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      Marlin 336 in 30-30 with a HolosunC. Best brush gun ever! Used in Northeast Florida for hog hunting. Very fast to the shoulder and the red dot is perfect for lowlight Dawn and dusk.

      June 14, 2023 7:38 am
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      michael mumey

      My Winchester Model 71 is a beast.

      June 14, 2023 7:17 am
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      JP Saleeby MD

      Nice mention of the premium brands. I have two Rossi Lever actions in .22LR and .357/.38SPL. Both are solid and beautifully made firearms.

      June 14, 2023 6:29 am
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        I concur on the Rossi. I have four: one in .38 Spl/.357, two in .45 Colt (one of which is the carbine), and one in .44Spl/.44Mag. They are all well made, fit of wood to metal is superb, they are reliable, and they all shoot accurately. Rossi doesn’t get the love it deserves.

        June 14, 2023 4:28 pm
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      Lawrence Williams

      No Browning BLR?

      June 14, 2023 6:22 am
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      Brad Colburn

      How in the world could the Marlin 39a
      Not make....or top this list?
      The oldest and longest continually produced rifle in the World!

      June 13, 2023 9:32 pm
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      Floyd Dale Stearns

      I seen one the rifles that you talked didn't have no papers or and other assocaries (Sp) does that mean the government wouldn't have no records on it if I purchased from you.?

      June 13, 2023 9:15 pm
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      Monte Walsh

      Winchester’94… cowboy assault rifle…

      June 13, 2023 8:37 pm
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      Jeff Dicken

      My first rifle right out of hunters safety class was a marlin lever 30-30. Don't remember the model. I sold it right after high school for $75. What an idiot I was!!
      Thank you for the memories!

      June 13, 2023 7:35 pm
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      Edward Coyle

      I am stunned! You gents ever hear of a Browning BLR ..? Best Northeast deer rifle you can buy..in almost any caliber ! And in a stainless take down model! Im surprised ....should be top 3 !

      June 13, 2023 6:44 pm
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        Randy Straub

        Thank you Mr. Coyle......I am 68 years old, been around firearms all my life, even had a Winchester 94 in .30-.30 when I was in high school, but I can't recall ever hearing about or seeing a Browning lever action......I will investigate this, as my next firearm (I hope) will be the lever action probably chambered in 357.....can't afford to shoot 45-70 anymore......Jeez
        Randy in Venice, Fl

        June 14, 2023 3:09 am
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          Edward Coyle

          You wont be disappointed.fantastic firearm .love mine in.308.take down model fits in my overnight pack when im hunting in PA..!

          July 1, 2023 8:34 pm
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      Chuck Cochran

      Ot could be argued that the Lever Action Rifles and Carbines were the Assault Rifles of the era. Fast Follow Up shots, a variety of calibers, and high capacity tubular magazines (for their time) compared to any Civilian or Military Firearm contemporary to the time. Lever Actions "scream" Wild West, even when furnitured with more modern polymers. They recall episodes of the Rifleman, John Wayne,and the countless "B" Westerns Hollywood churned out in the 30s and 40s. No other Rifle has that distinct "Americana" look, that even folks unfamiliar with guns recognize.
      As the proud owner of an inherited near mint condition 1952 production Winchester Model 1894, it's the star of my modest collection.
      Even though a decline in health forced me to give up Hunting, I still enjoy taking my Dad's first rifle out and running it through its paces. I took my first Spike Elk with that gun in 1974. Even though the .30 WCF isn't the most appropriate caliber for Elk, in thick timber, at 70 paces, a heart shot ensured that bull dropped within a few yards from where I hit him.
      Thank You Todd and PewPew. This article brought back some fond memories of simpler times, and fine examples of Firearms Evolution.

      June 13, 2023 6:16 pm
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      Bull o' the Woods

      I'll take a Marlin 1894 in .357 mag if Ruger will ever get them out the door. Probably wait six months or a year after release and let other customers deal with the teething problems. Pair that with a Ruger GP100 Model #1771 with 7-round capacity and you would be pretty well-armed if you live behind the tofu curtain.

      June 11, 2023 10:09 pm
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      Brian Kowalski

      My favorite gun (out of hundreds of pistols, revolvers, rifles, and shotguns) is the Marlin 39A 22 lr lever rifle.

      May 18, 2023 8:53 pm
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      Eddie Young

      I have the Browning 45-70 falling block and the marlin guide gun. I am skinny 60+ year old dude and I love to shoot both. When you put 40 rounds down range, you know that you are firing a great fierarm. It does get expensive, but worth it. I like them more that an M-60

      October 29, 2022 9:28 pm
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      Why are the Rossi 92’s left out. Granted, they are not collectibles but they are sturdy and practical. I’ve got a Rossi ‘92 in .44 Mag/.44 Spl, two in .45 Colt (one blued with a .20 in barrel and one SS carbine with .16 in barrel), and one in .357/.38 Spl. All are very good shooters and have been very dependable. Having said that, I DO have two Henry’s, one .22 and the other is a Big Boy in .327 Federal Magnum. The .327 is a real sweetheart and I love it. If it could cook I’d marry it.

      August 5, 2022 12:51 pm
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      Beau Sandland

      The modern day Henry USA, has no association whatsoever to the original Henry rifle of 1860 or the inventor Benjamin Tyler Henry. Kind of misleading in your article. All they share is the name “Henry” cause the rights to the name were bought. Just like todays Springfield Armory, has no connection at all to the actual real Springfield Armory formed in 1780s, though Springfield always tries to falsely claim that they are one and the same.

      December 22, 2021 4:24 pm
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      I have find lever action rifles. Mod. 94 .30-30 Winchester, Savage .22 high power, Henry .22 cal. Golden Boy, Henry .117 HMR Golden Boy, and a Henry .22 LR. Of all of them I like the 30-30 best for hunting.
      For plinking and small game I love the Henrys. It is the sweetest shooting .22 I have fired. The action is
      extremely smooth and with practice you can cycle of with it still at the shoulder. I have not had too
      much problem with the big plate slipping.

      December 10, 2021 10:59 pm
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      Glad to se the trend in Cowboy Tactical Rifles. I have a Model 92 in 44mag - 16" barrel with three-dot fiber-optic sights and it's great fun to shoot fast.

      October 7, 2021 5:42 pm
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      John Christensen

      I had a Marlin lever action 22 Mag. with a 20 deg. lever action which could be used without taking it from your shoulder and the rifleing was micro groove, that I purchased in the 60's. It was a very accurate gun. You cannot buy any parts for it because in in not made any more. The fireing pin broke and the gun smith had to make one to fix it. They should bring that gun back it was great.

      October 7, 2021 5:41 pm
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      Doug Temoin

      I have an early .303 (no typo) Savage which I still use for island blacktail hunting in BC, Canada. The brass rotary magazine is a thing of beauty...

      October 7, 2021 5:18 pm
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        T. J.

        Interesting to know. I have a Savage 22 high power, ammo is hard to find, I have taken
        mule tail dear with it. I have not gone after any thing bogger. The.303 sounds like you could
        bring down moose. As you said the rotary magazine is great. Wish more manufacturers
        would adopt such a magazine. Good hunting.

        December 10, 2021 11:12 pm
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          Doug Temoin

          Ammo is no longer available for the .303 Savage (I have the dies and a reload buddy), but you are right about the knock down power. I have also used it for spring bear, with good results.

          January 11, 2022 5:18 pm
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        Savage developed their .303 in 1894. It fires a .308 diameter bullet as opposed to the British .312. Ballistically, it was slightly superior to the .30WCF. Especially with the factory 190 grain bullets.

        June 13, 2023 7:02 pm
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      John S Kovach

      Dont mean to be critical, but you obviously dont shoot lever guns much. No one who knows proper technique with lever guns dismounts the weapon when they work the action (finger lever). Neither should you dismount a bolt gun if you need to make a quick follow up shot. Just sayin'. Dont trust me - ask a CAS shooter.

      October 7, 2021 5:01 pm
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      Gallo Pazzesco

      The correct answer is (All JM stamped, that's a very important caveat)
      Marlin 1894
      Marlin 1895
      Marlin 336
      Marlin 36
      .... then the Ruger
      .... then the Henrys
      .... then the Winchesters

      October 7, 2021 4:26 pm
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        ronald cash

        spot on sir

        October 7, 2021 5:00 pm
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        ronald cash

        yes sir

        October 7, 2021 5:01 pm
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      T. A. Kinsey

      My father-in-law has a few Henry’s and they just didn’t fit my body very well. I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot any others mentioned. I am left handed but I don’t think that was the issue. The cheek weld was off and the stock was really long. I am primarily a military shooter so I like to be up close. Great article as always.

      October 7, 2021 4:06 pm
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      Richard Calkins

      For me it isn't the cost of the gun, it's the cost of the ammo. Some of those rounds are $3+ a shot; no thanks.

      October 7, 2021 3:57 pm
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      My truck gun is a saddle ring carbine marlin 1894 in 44 mag. I threw a red dot on it and handload for it. I've got a sling that utilizes the saddle ring. It's accurate and hard hitting. I carry it with me in the vehicle because it would serve well enough in a bad situation, but it's also not a rifle that raises eyebrows. People love talking about it if they catch a glimpse of it. I've also got a pre 64 winchester 3030 that drives tacks, and a winchester 9422. My grandpa only used savage 99 in 300 savage and I subsequently bought, refinished, and sold one. I finally picked up a six gun recently to compliment my arsenal.

      October 7, 2021 3:57 pm
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      Chris McLaughlin

      The Miroku built Winchester and Browning models 1886 and 71 rifles are better than many that appear on this list. The '86 extra light definitely offers more kick for the buck than virtually anything on the list., but the shotgun stye buttstock helps to mitigate the discomfort.

      July 17, 2021 2:09 am
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      Dave G.

      Always had a soft spot for classic lever guns. Over the years, I've also aquired some nice bolt actions, but I'll never forsake my lever guns. My first new deer gun was a meat & potatoes model 94 in 30-30 topped with a Weaver 4X. A couple years later, I got a 94 XTR in .375 big bore. Followed by a Browning BLR in .308 and a Marlin 1894P 16 1/4" barrel in .44 mag. My very first "real" gun was an Ithaca model 49R .22 lever. Still have it. Along the way, I traded away a Savage 99CD in .308, a move that I will always regret. I still shoot these guns at the range and occasionally in the hunting woods. I'm pushing 70 now, but if I could, I'd take them with me when I die. Good shooting, everybody!

      May 22, 2021 12:09 pm
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      Tom Morin

      Looking to buy a lever cation rifle in .243 caliber for Hog hunting . Witch is better Browning BLR or Henery Long Ranger.

      January 5, 2021 1:58 pm
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        I used to to hogs with a BLR LWT in .308. Loved it. Killed several hogs with it and it was a tack driver with 150 grain Remington Cor-Lokts. Super easy to carry and that's important. You'll carry it more than shoot it. Sadly it was stolen! Only thing I didn't like, it had a heavy trigger. I've only owned rimfire Henrys, loved them to, very smooth actions. Looking to purchase a side gate Henry.

        January 5, 2021 2:57 pm
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      Rick Robinson

      Best explanation as to what the history and use of rifles I've seen. When investigators g in rifles, this is a great example for those of us who want to buy rifles that will hold or increase in value.

      October 18, 2020 7:12 am
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      Now, if you can only find any of these, you are lucky.

      October 11, 2020 10:07 am