Rifle easier to find than .357

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by Kristie, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Kristie

    Kristie Member

    May 23, 2012
    Crap, and here I bought a cleaning rod because I find them easier to use!
  2. woolleyworm

    woolleyworm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    SW Fort Worth

    You will always find use for a cleaning rod, no worries there.

  3. gvw3

    gvw3 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Oct 16, 2011
    Chicago IL Area
    I have a Ruger Blackhawk in 44 mag. My son got me a Marlin Lever in 44 mag for this christmas. Should be a good combo. I like the idea of a rifle pistol combo with the same round.

    Marlin 44 mag lever.jpg
  4. Kristie

    Kristie Member

    May 23, 2012
    Yes, it's just that buying both doesn't appeal to my sense of thriftiness. ;)
  5. Kristie

    Kristie Member

    May 23, 2012
    That Marlin looks really nice. Great Christmas present! I actually would've preferred one over the Rossi, but I got what was available.
  6. RunningOnMT

    RunningOnMT New Member

    Nov 19, 2008
    Akron, Ohio

    Josh, My interest in buying a Rossi lever gun in .357 has been quelled recently by customer reviews saying the Rossi isn't what it used to be and reports of numerous FTF issues. Have you experience with the newer ones?.
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2012
  7. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    No. they are pretty good guns.. Just dont break em. Customer service is as bad and slow as Taurus because they are the same company. And getting parts to repair them is a must go thru them kinda thing..
  8. JLA

    JLA Well-Known Member

    Feb 26, 2007
    Heart Of Texas
    Cleanin rod will work fine too. Just takes longer to use.
  9. FreeSovereign

    FreeSovereign New Member

    Jul 18, 2012

    I like mine, Rossi .45, with a couple of Judges to with it. All fun rigs. Lots of ammo choices in .45 LC. Some is pretty weak. I still don't want to be shot with any of it. I killed two deer with the cheap cowboy action stuff. The carbine is short, light, and easy to get into play. No problems with it thus far. Of course a Judge is a Judge, but I like them anyhow.
  10. soundguy

    soundguy Well-Known Member

    May 8, 2012
    i don't think i'd have taken cowboy action ammo deer hunting.. :)
  11. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    A bore snake isn't expensive.....and you need both [snake and rod]
    anyway, as they perform different tasks as tools do.
    The snake is much better for a lever gun on a regular use basis
    because it pulls the crud away from the breach, to help keep
    your action clean.....whereas a rod will push towards the action.
    [if you don't take it completely down for average cleaning]
    Also, you should have a 'rod guide' to keep the cleaning rod
    centered in the muzzle while cleaning. They too are cheap.
    [especially if your cleaning rod isn't coated]

    I have a Rossi 92, also a Browning 92, and a Marlin 1894C
    They are all sweet, and feed everything well. [all are .38/.357]
    Sometimes picky with wadcutters I load....but you will most
    likely never have that problem.....and you ain't 'spose to use
    them anyhow.

    Just remember about the different ammo.......before you get
    frustrated and start trying to sight it in, adjusting, cussing, etc.
    My method.......
    I sight in with .357 158grain ammo, then I leave the sights alone.....
    When I shoot the .38's or the .357 125grain I just compensate,
    they don't shoot the same, and you will be there all week trying
    to hit where you want if you keep moving the sight for the ammo.
    [yet, I do keep one of mine sighted for the .38's .....I load a lot
    of them for some of my Smith's]
    Sight yours in for what you will shoot mostly.....
    and a .38 is not too shabby of a round with that
    length of barrel.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2012
  12. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    Now, your handgun....
    I'm glad to see you didn't choose the 'mares leg'.
    It is more of a 'novelty' gun, and has a use...somewhere.

    You have a Single-Six Convertible
    Get a Ruger Blackhawk.....maybe the most rugged,
    trouble-free revolver ever made.
    If it is a bit heavy for you [I doubt it] you can put
    Hogue monogrips on her to balance it out.
    I cannot imagine not having at least ONE !

    With your Golden Boy, Single-Six, Rossi 92, and a Blackhawk....
    you will be all cowboyed up !

    If a double action revolver is more your choice now,
    I suggest the Ruger GP-100 and another one built like a tank.
    Trigger is pretty good out of the box, and easy to smooth if needed.

    If you want something smaller, the Ruger SP-101 is a great choice.
    Also, a very tough gun.....but the triggers are not known to be
    very smooth right out of the box [mine is/was the absolute worst,
    by far, of any Ruger I've owned in over fifty years !!]
    If you choose the SP-101 do yourself a huge favor.....and put
    Trausch grips on it.....:):)
  13. Kristie

    Kristie Member

    May 23, 2012
    Hey ozo - You really think a rod guide is necessary? Yeah, all I have is the cheap aluminum ones, not the nicer coated ones.

    Good info. on the sighting in. I don't tend to move the sights, anyway, unless by accident while cleaning. Interestingly enough, the first two boxes of .38s and .357s I picked up are both 160 grain rounds. Thought that was kind of weird, so I picked up some .38s with less grains, too, I forget how many. I'll be interested to see the difference in how they shoot. Also, the former were jacketed in an aluminum alloy and I think they were hollow point, and the latter were solid tipped and brass. Ammo choices sure complicate this thing a lot!

    I still like the idea of a mare's leg. I've been considering one for a while, but it would just be for a fun gun, I think. You're so right about it being a novelty. I think I would go for the one made by Henry, though, over Rossi. We'll see.

    This is terrible, because I never wanted to get into gun collecting, but I can see myself wanting the revolver next, and maybe the mare's leg, and a bolt action. (I am really liking the Ruger 77.357 but I wish it had more capacity) How ridiculous!

    And yeah, for the revolver I want a double action this time. I take it the Blackhawk's not? I haven't looked at that one much but I've seen plenty of good comments on them.

    Yes, I can see I am getting "cowboyed up." That's mostly because I have come to have an interest in guns through liking history so much. And I trust the way those kinds of guns work (and my ability to use and understand them) over the more modern ones. Simpler is better, for what I want to buy, I think.

    I actually handled a GP-101 when I went to pick up my rifle. Really liked it, actually, but it only had the 2.2 in. barrel. I think I'm set on wanting the 4.2 in. one. They a Taurus model that was really similar, too, (can't remember what it was called) and it had the 4.2 in. barrel, but the grip was one of the rubber ones that reminded me of the handlebar grips on a little kid's bicycle. It felt secure, but I just couldn't "like" it. That size frame, with that size barrel, felt really right, though. I'm going to see if I can find an SP-101 to handle next. One of those is probably what I'll settle on, and I think it'll be a good choice. Of course, Smith and Wesson isn't out of the question, either. Just have to see what I can find.
  14. FreeSovereign

    FreeSovereign New Member

    Jul 18, 2012
    Head shots at 10-15 yards. Heck a rock would've worked. Still better than a stick and string. But yeah, I wouldn't recomend it otherwise. It may not be the true ''cowboy action'' but rather just the cheap stuff. Either way they are dead and consumed.
  15. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN
    I believe a rod guide is important....over time, to not damage the crown.
    Back in the days of real, family owned gun stores, when used guns were
    plentiful and affordable, I bought many nice guns....good price....
    but didn't shoot as well as I thought a gun of that quality should......
    Everything else in good working order....I would re-crown the barrel....
    very easy to do....and make one hell of a shooter BACK out of a gun
    that should already have been one.
    Yes, I think it is important to use a rod guide.....
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