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Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: In the Woods Pa
Re: Hunting Rifle- Lever Action
If you don't hunt now, by all means get the 357. You can shoot cheap ammo including 38 specials in it. It is a pleasure to shoot. It will handge exactly like the 44 you checked out as it is basically the same gun (barrel is just a little heavier).
The marlin 357 is a nice gun to shoot with and makes a respectable walk-abound groundhog gun.
I've killed deer witht the 357, 41 and the 44 mag. With proper shot placement the deer woould never know the difference.
The 41 is very nice, softer recoiling than the 44 and more powerful than the 357 (just what it was designed to be).
I found my 44 Marlin carbine a little light for wild boar , and went to the Marlin 375 win lever for thick cover boar hunting.