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Question by KMB33. Uploaded on July 05, 2009
People on this site are probably tired of my response to this question,but I'm a huge fan of the 22 mag.and have been a fan for 50 years now. The cost of cartridges is approximately $10.00 for fifty rounds or has been in the past. This is a good killer of fox size game to one hundred yards and is accurate in a good rifle. Ruger makes a lever gun in this cal. as does Henry. I've shot both and consider them both well made and accurate. I used to have a Winchester 9422 Mag. and should never have sold it. They are available on the used gun market. When you said not 22 I assumed that you meant not 22 lr. If you meant all 22 cal. I would look for a Marlin In the 357 Mag. I have one of these and like it very much, but if you don't handload the cost can get a bit much. Good luck to you.
I meant no .22 at all. I already ahve a nice .22 and dont want another one, i want something that is cheap to shoot and a lever gun. Less then 10 dollars for 100 rounds, preferably cheaoer.
Good luck with that-let me know if you find it.
There is no gun made today that fits your requirements.
yeah you won't get that. Cheapest you'll get is a 357 or something in a marlin or winchester and you'll pay over 20 dollars a box.
How about a pellet gun? The ammo is cheap and the lever just needs to be pumped more than once.
I have a pellet gun, but i might just break down and get a .22 Marlin or Henry. Another question, is 30/30 good for just plinking or is that a pure hunting round.
henry makes a varmint express lever in 17 hmr. for around 550.00 suggested retail . i am sure you can find them cheaper than than that if you look around a bit.
You can use a 30/30 for plinking not much recoil, but rounds are not that cheap. More meant for hunting. Not much fits in your ammo price range. Like CPT Brad said .357. There is also a .44 mag lever action, but again over $20 per box of 20. There is also .17 calibur, not sure if they make lever action though.
I'd recommend the Marlin Model 1894 in .357 Mag., but you've got to give for what you get and I doubt you'll find one for an easily affordable price unless your pockets are much, much deeper than mine. However, .357 Mag ammunition won't put too much of a dent in your budget (especially if you handload), and you'll get a lot of bang for your buck. Over the long term, it's a good choice and worth saving for over time.
I just checked my reloading books and I've been able to load 357 with cast bullets for 11 cents per round. You can add a full 10 cents if your using soft points from a manufacturer. The cast bullet will come in close to the $10.00 mark of 22 Mag.
I overlooked an option! The Rossi Puma 92 is chambered for .357 Magnum, is available in blue or stainless, and is less expensive than the Marlin 1894. You may want to consider it. Good luck.
If you want to go with .357, you can find an H&R for $228 They make a combo .357/20ga for about $280.
I like Liberty first's answer. We have a Ruger 22mag lever-gun (96/22M) and it is extremely nice. Another option is a 17 HMR (Ruger also makes them) called the 96/17HMR I believe.
But my personal choice would be an 1894 Marlin 357 mag. You can use 38 special loads in it for plinking and then step up to 357 loads for hunting anything from coons to whitetail deer.
I have a Winchester in .357, cheap to reload for with cast bullets at modest velocities, surprisingly accurate....
I would say 222. its a far shooting consitent gun, shells are cheap to reload and can prolly fined one on sale somwehers for a good price.
Agreed with Del in KS and + 1 for you sir!!!
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