It’s no secret that I love leverguns. In fact, I may own more than one…like maybe, four…so far. My (post-Remington) Marlin has been a good rifle and I used it to kill my first hog and plenty of other critters along the way. My Winchester 94 is an amazing rifle. It is as light and easily maneuvered as a .22. I fact I took it squirrel hunting by mistake one time. I thought it was my Henry .22 which is a great little plinker. My favorite, by far, is a pre-Remington Marlin 1894C in .357/.38 SPL. This is an amazingly light rifle, easy to run, reliable and the recoil is almost unnoticeable. Loaded with .357 hollow point and you have an extremely effective self-defense weapon.
When I bought the little Marlin I had the opportunity to buy another in .44 Magnum/.44 Special. Now I am kicking myself for not picking it up. It was a sweet deal on a great rifle. A little more recoil with .44 Magnum loads but packing a punch similar to or better than 7.62×39 (although with a shorter range).
Think lever guns are slow? Watch this video:
I couldn’t shoot that fast with an AR!
Anyway, what do you think? Is there a place for lever action rifles for self-defense, prepping, and survival situations?