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9 Best Lever Action Rifles [Tested]

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    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.

    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.  

    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.

    THE QUICK LIST

    1. Best Lever Action Rifle Overall

      Henry Big Boy Classic

    2. Best Tactical Lever Action Rifle

      Henry Big Boy X

    3. Best Classic Lever Action Rifle

      Winchester Model 94

    4. Best Classic Lever Action Rifle Runner-Up

      Winchester Model 1873

    5. Best Lever Action Rifle for Deer Hunting

      Marlin 336

    6. Best Lever Action Rifle for Beginners

      Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy

    7. Best Lever Action Rifle for Big Game

      Marlin Model 1895

    8. Best Lever Action Rifle for Cowboy Action

      Winchester Model 1892

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    How I Chose the Best Lever Action Rifles

    Some of these rifles on the list are much harder to find on the market as some of these are no longer being produced in mass quantities. With that said, either myself or my colleagues have been fortunate enough to have shot all of the models mentioned. Aside from having hands-on experience with these guns, many of them are obvious choices due to them being well loved classics.

    There are several considerations I look at when choosing the best lever action rifles. Firstly, it’s crucial to consider it’s intended use. Is this for hunting? target shooting? cowboy action? Or do you just love the classics? Then there’s of course budget, ergonomics, and basically the metrics we look at here at Pew Pew Tactical.

    There’s a lot to cover so here are our recommendations broken down by various categories of usage.

    Best Lever-Action Rifles

    1. Henry Repeating Arms Big Boy – Best Lever Action Rifle Overall

    Best Lever Action Rifle Overall
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    Pros

    • SASS Approved
    • Adjustable rear sight
    • Signature look

    Cons

    • Reloading can be a pain
    • Not really practical for defense purposes

    Henry Big Boy Classic

    Specs

    Caliber
    41 Mag, .327 Fed, .32 H&R
    Action
    Lever Action
    Weight
    7lbs
    Barrel Length
    20 inches
    Overall Length
    37.5 inches
    Magazine Capacity
    10 rounds

    Features

    10 round capacity
    38.5 overall length
    Blued steeled barrel and receiver
    Rubber recoil pad

    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.

    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.

    2. Henry Repeating Arms X Models – Best Tactical Lever Action Rifle

    Best Tactical Lever Action Rifle
    $949
    at Sportsman's Warehouse

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Pros

    • Easy to mount accessories
    • Suppressor ready

    Cons

    • Sub optimal sling mounts

    Henry Big Boy X

    Specs

    Caliber
    45 Colt ; .357 Magnum/.38 Spl ; .44 Mag/.44 Spl
    Action
    Lever Action
    Safety
    Transfer Bar
    Weight
    7.3lbs
    Barrel Length
    17.4in
    Overall Length
    36.3in
    Sights
    Fiber Optic

    Features

    Rounded blued steel barrel
    Fully adjustable fiber optic rear sight
    Fiber optic front sight
    Sling swivels
    M-LOK and Picatinny Rail sections
    5/8x24 threaded barrel

    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

    19. Henry Big Boy X Group Shots

    Henry Big Boy X Group Shots

    7. Henry Big Boy X with EOTech Surefire Scout Light
    19. Henry Big Boy X Group Shots

    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.

    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.

    Want more Henry X action?

    Check out our full review of the Henry Big Boy X or see the video review below!

    3. Winchester Model 94 – Best Classic Lever Action Rifle

    Best Classic Lever Action Rifle
    $1,269
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Pros

    • Reliable and backed by a long standing company
    • Available in various calibers
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Shorter effective range
    • Harder to find

    Specs

    Caliber
    30-30 Win
    Barrel Length
    20 inches
    Overall Length
    38 inches
    Weight
    6lbs 8oz
    Magazine Capacity
    7

    Features

    Bead front and semi-buckhorn rear sights
    Blued metal finish

    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)

    Winchester Model 94 in .30-30

    Winchester Model 94 in .30-30

    Winchester 1894 Deluxe Short Rifle Guns and Ammo
    Winchester Model 94 in .30-30

    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.

    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.

    4. Winchester Model 1873 – Best Classic Lever Action Rifle Runner-Up

    Best Classic Lever Action Rifle Runner-Up
    $1,400
    at Palmetto State Armory

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Pros

    • Smooth Lever throw
    • Fast cycling

    Cons

    • Hard to find
    • Limited caliber length

    Specs

    Caliber
    .44-40 Win, .38-40 Win, .32-20 Win
    Barrel Length
    20in, 24in, 30in
    Overall Length
    39-49in
    Weight
    7.4lb-8lb
    Capacity
    12-15 rounds

    Features

    Single stage trigger
    Side loading gate
    Walnut stock

    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.

    5. Marlin Model 336 – Best Lever Action Rifle for Deer Hunting

    Best Lever Action Rifle for Deer Hunting
    $1,339
    at Guns.com

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Pros

    • Available in variety of calibers
    • Known to be durable and reliable
    • Iconic design

    Cons

    • Limited tactical and modern features
    • Challenging to find

    Specs

    Caliber
    30-30 and .35 Remington
    Action
    Lever Action
    Weight
    7-8lbs
    Barrel Length
    20in
    Overall Length
    38.5in
    Trigger Pull
    4lb 1oz
    Sights
    Buckhorn
    Magazine Capacity
    6+1 rounds

    Features

    American black walnut stock
    Alloy steel barrel
    Adjustable semi-buckhorn sights
    Rubber recoil buttpad

    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.

    6. Henry Repeating Arms Golden Boy Rimfire – Best Lever Action Rifle for Beginners

    Best Lever Action Rifle for Beginners
    $504
    at GrabAGun

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Pros

    • Classic design and nice finishes
    • Fun to shoot
    • Smooth & accurate

    Cons

    • Not great for optics
    • A bit pricey for a 22lr

    Specs

    Caliber
    22LR
    Action
    Lever Action
    Weight
    6.75 lbs
    Barrel Length
    20 in
    Overall Length
    38.5 in
    Magazine Capacity
    16+1 rds
    Magazine Type
    Fixed

    Features

    Octagon blued steel barrel
    Brasslite receiver and brass buttplate
    American walnut stock
    Adjustable semi-buckhorn sights
    Drilled and tapped receiver

    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.

    Make sure to read our review on the Golden Boy!

    7. Marlin Model 1895 – Best Lever Action Rifle for Big Game

    Best Lever Action Rifle for Big Game
    $1,695
    at Palmetto State Armory

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

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    Pros

    • Classic design
    • Big calibers suited for big game

    Cons

    • Harder to come by

    Specs

    Caliber
    .45-70 Gov't
    Barrel Length
    16.17in
    Overall Length
    34.25in
    Weight
    7.1lbs
    Capacity
    5+1 rounds

    Features

    Skinner Sights™ Blade Front Site, Skinner Sights™ Rear Adjustable
    416 Stainless Steel Forgings
    Threaded barrel
    Adjustable Skinner Sights™ peep sight
    Rubber buttpad

    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.

    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

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

    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.

    Marlin .45-70
    Marlin .45-70 angled

    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.

    See our review of the Marlin Model 1894!

    8. Henry Repeating Arms All-Weather Lever Action Side Gate – Most Durable Lever Action Rifle

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    Pros

    • Very durable
    • Great finish

    Cons

    • Has a bit of recoil

    Specs

    Caliber
    .30-30, .45-70
    Barrel Length
    20in
    Capacity
    4-5 rounds
    Safety
    Transfer bar

    Features

    Satin hard chrome finish
    American walnut stock with stained hardwood coating
    semi-buckhorn rear and brass bead front sights
    Slide loading gates

    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.

    9. Winchester Model 1892 – Best Lever Action Rifle for Cowboy Action

    Best Lever Action Rifle for Cowboy Action
    $2,316
    at Guns.com

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Prices accurate at time of writing

    Available Coupons

    Pros

    • Extremely low recoil
    • Available in multiple caliber and styles

    Cons

    • Hard to come by

    Specs

    Caliber
    357 Mag, 44 Rem, 44-40 Win, 45 Colt
    Barrel Length
    24 inches
    Overall Length
    41.5 inches
    Weight
    6-7lbs
    Magazine Capacity
    10-11 rounds

    Features

    Dual vertical locking system
    Blued barrel and finish
    Marble Arms® gold bead front sight and semi-buckhorn rear sight

    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.

    Why Lever-Actions Rifles?

    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 –

    • Henry Repeating Arms
    • Marlin Firearms
    • Winchester Arms

    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.

    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.

    FAQs - Best Lever Action Rifles

    What are the disadvantages of a lever-action rifle?

    There are 4 main disadvantages of lever-action rifles. First is lever-actions typically have lower magazine capacity. Second is they reload much slower compared to semi-automatic or bold-action rifles. You need to operate the lever to chamber a new round. Third is range and accuracy. Lever-action rifles are typically chambered for pistol cartridge which makes it less suitable for long-range shooting. However, there are a few exceptions to this. Last is lever-action rifles tend to be front heavy. This can impact the rifle's balance and handling.

    What are the benefits of a lever-action rifle?

    There are 4 main advantages of a lever-action rifle. First is they're easy to operate making it great for new or infrequent shooters. Second is they're great to look at. Many lever-action rifles have a classic and timeless design which appeals to collectors. Third is they're simply constructed and therefore very reliable. Last benefit is lever-action rifles are that it may be more accessible in some regions or countries with specific firearms regulations.

    Are lever-action rifles good for home defense?

    This depends on the situation and the person shooting. Lever-action rifles are usually easier to operate, therefore arguably easier for new and infrequent shooters to operate. These guns are also very reliable. However, follow up shots are slower than semi-autos so always keep that in mind.

    What is the most popular lever-action rifle?

    Probably the Winchester Model 1894 as it has a lot of historical and cultural impact.

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    • Commenter Avatar
      William

      I have a stainless Marlin Guide Gun 45-70 (not a Remlin), that I bought without ported barrel. I don't mind the recoil but don't want the muzzle blast of porting. I'm 77 yrs and want to save my hearing. The factory butt pad was ok when standing even with hot loads, but on the bench over front and rear bags was another matter. I had a gunsmith put a grind to fit Limbsaver pad on it.
      The little gun still bucks but doesn't hurt anymore even with the same loads, front and rear rest in a T-shirt. The little Marlin 45-70 is my favorite long gun and cartridge combo.

      April 10, 2024 3:00 pm
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      James Heavey

      No discussion on the Savage 99? For shame; love the 336 in .35 Remington or 30-30 but the Savage is more accurate. The .300 Savage can take a whitetail in a lighter load or a moose in 180 grain load.

      April 9, 2024 8:33 pm
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      Matt

      Any opinion about the Rossi R92? Some online reviews seem very positive especially the price.

      April 9, 2024 8:03 pm
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        LazrBeam

        I have four - .45 Colt, another .45 Colt but SS carbine, .44 Mag/.44 Spl, and a .357/.38 Spl. All are well made with good fitment and workmanship, they’re dependable, accurate, and priced well below the picks for this article. I have no regrets and consider them good buys. I would encourage anyone considering a pistol caliber lever action to check the Rossi’s out. BTW, Rossi has just come out with a .30-.30 as well if that caliber is your huckleberry.

        April 10, 2024 9:21 pm
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      Matthew Soden

      I've got the Winchester 94 that my dad was given on his 13th birthday back in 1954. Chambered in .32 WinSpec it is hands down my favorite firearm.

      I also inherited my grandfather's Savage 99. Another fun rifle and I'm kind of surprised no mention of it here.

      I too wonder why the lever action rifles are so expensive.

      April 9, 2024 7:18 pm
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      Len C

      For us uninformed. Why are lever guns so expensive?

      April 9, 2024 6:54 pm
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      Mohican

      No Spencers (yes, they were lever actions)

      No Winchester 1886 Lever Action - probably the best mass produced "big cartridge" lever gun

      February 28, 2024 8:29 am
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      Fred

      If the 1892 is the "best" cowboy gun when it comes to rifles, why do most cowboy shooters use the 1873?? Also, you fail to mention Uberti, whom probably outsells all of your "big 3" when it comes to pistol ammo rifles.

      January 10, 2024 4:50 pm
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        RGP

        1873 action can be altered to allow short stroking the lever hence faster on repeat shots. 1892 can't be short stroked. The 1892 though is considerably stronger.

        April 9, 2024 7:32 pm
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      Beth A Hensel

      For a lever-hammer, the 7-30 waters was the most practical modern cartridge. And should be given a second chance. With low recoil, high velocity, (2600-2700 ) And 7mm. for the young to old shooter's what's not to like.? As for the 45-70, Who wants that recoil, I don't understand it's hype,

      December 7, 2023 9:39 am
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        William

        Ask the Guides in Alaska why many of them like the lever guns in 45-70 and other heavy calibers in big bear
        Country.
        Some people take Winchester and Marlin lever guns in 45-70 to Africa and kill everything that walks the planet. Some 45-70 loads will drive through a rhino end to end exiting on the far side.
        I love the 45-70 Marlin. It's not everyone's piece of cake.
        The 45-70 was first issued to the US Army in 1873 in the "Trap door" Springfield and has made the successful transition to smokeless powder. Not too shabby for an old fart cartridge with hotter loads in modern guns. For some of us, that is also part of the apeal. Have a great day.

        April 10, 2024 4:51 pm
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      Rilian

      When you've tried the rest, try the best- a BLR in .308- all the lever you will ever need.

      October 21, 2023 7:47 pm
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      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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      William

      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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      Chris

      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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      KEVIN

      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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        Lee Wolford

        Best lever EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        March 16, 2024 8:06 pm
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      Rick

      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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        LazrBeam

        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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      LazrBeam

      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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      T.J.

      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