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Old 03-12-2011, 09:07 AM   #1
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I have a Marlin Lever Action .357 witha 16-inch ported barrel.



It's one of the rifles I keep loaded in the house with .38's, Hornady 125gr.



I was thinking of putting the 158gr. +P, Lead Hollow Points in it.

Would they perform OK in this long barrel? They seem to perform consistently in revolvers.



Does it hurt wear the spring out to keep it loaded all the time?



What would be a good sight for it? I'd love to put a 1 or 2x sight on it.



Thanks for the input.
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Old 03-12-2011, 09:52 AM   #2
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Be careful, some of those lever rifless with shell carriers/lifters sized for .357 or .44 magnum don't always feed .38 and .44 specials reliably. George M.
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Old 03-12-2011, 04:31 PM   #3
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Does your Marlin .357 Magnum have the Micro-Groove rifling or the standard cut rifling?



Marlins with the M-G rifling shoot accurately with jacketed bullets. But accuracy can be a problem with plain lead bullets. I base this on my experiences with a Marlin .444 with the M-G rifling. It would not give decent accuracy with my cast lead .430" 240 gr SWC's. My Winchester M94 Angle Eject in .44 Magnum gives excellent results with both types of bullets.





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Old 03-12-2011, 05:14 PM   #4
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I have a Marlin Lever Action .357 witha 16-inch ported barrel.



It's one of the rifles I keep loaded in the house with .38's, Hornady 125gr.



I was thinking of putting the 158gr. +P, Lead Hollow Points in it.

Would they perform OK in this long barrel? They seem to perform consistently in revolvers.


If I were you, I would contact hornady to find out what the performance envelope of that bullet is. They used to post appropriate ranges of muzzle velocity for each bullet but I can't seem to find it now. My guess, is that you will be getting about 1000 fps with that load out of lever action.



http://www.hornady.com/contact_us







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Does it hurt wear the spring out to keep it loaded all the time?


I found this on the Wolff Spring site. The last line is the most important.



http://www.gunsprings.com/faq#Faq5



5. Should I unload my magazines, rotate magazines, load with fewer than the maximum rounds? How often should I change magazine springs?



Magazines which are kept fully loaded for long periods of time, such as law enforcement applications, will generally be subject to more fatigue than the weekend shooter's magazine springs which are loaded up only when shooting. Magazine design and capacity also affect the longevity of the spring. Older designs where maximum capacity was not the goal such as the 7 round 1911 Colt magazines will last for years fully loaded. There was a lot of room for a lot of spring which reduced the overall stress on the spring. In recent hi-capacity magazines, the magazines were designed to hold more rounds with less spring material. This puts more stress on the spring and will cause fatigue at a faster rate. Unloading these magazines a round or two will help the life of the spring. Rotating fully loaded magazines will also help the problem somewhat but is not always practical. In applications where the magazine must be kept loaded, a high quality magazine spring such as Wolff extra power magazine springs, will provide maximum life. Regular shooting will verify reliability and regular replacement of magazine springs will provide the best defense against failure from weak magazine springs.



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Old 03-12-2011, 08:04 PM   #5
 
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Rossi makes a nice 1892 clone for a hair over $400.
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Old 03-13-2011, 12:14 PM   #6
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I've got a Navy Arms-imported Rossi 92 Short Rifle in .357, and I really love it. I leave it fully loaded, btw, and have not had a problem in the three+ years that I've been doing so.



Adguy, I've found that the .357 carbines really like handloading to get best results. While your gun will shoot just fine with the .38 +Ps (if it's like mine - and they'll feel like .22s from the thing), velocities are not nearly what they might be (I throw 158-grain gas checked LSWCs from .357 cases at just over 2000 fps, and I've got friends who do more than that).



Nelson is right on with his concern about the performance envelope of the bullet, but of course that knowledge is not useful without an idea of the velocities the rounds are actually developing from your gun. I've got a load right now in my gun that throws a 140-grain JHP at 2100+ fps, and I suspect it might be too fast for the bullet based on some reports friends have given me.







Man, those carbines fairly cry out for a red dot like the Burris Fastfire. I've got mine as-is, though, but for the addition of a tang aperture sight from Marbles (and that was just because a friend gave it to me). To my way of thinking, this is a 100-yard gun, and the big gold bead front sight and buckhorn rear do me fine out to that far. :)











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Nice Rossi ,one of my favories the 1892 John Browning design. Sleek fast and a handy package.
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:36 PM   #8
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The type of riffling doesn't make a bit of difference in the smaller caliber rifles, have carried a Rossi 16 carbine set up for years as a truck rifle, more of the worry is as another poster said the lifter set up, I would stay away from the 158 LSWCHP, you will more than likely have problems, for lead go with a SP, or better yet go with the either the 180 grain HP/SP or the 145 grain Winchester Silver tip, that one has always worked for me in the carbine
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Adguy:



If your Marlin has a ported barrel, why not go with the .357's it was designed for. Like Erich, I have a 16 inch Rossi that I keep loaded for a house rifle and I keep it stoked with either 125 grain

HP's or 158 grain JSPFP 357's from Magtech. I have the brass bead/buckhorn sight setup on mine and it will keep within 1.5 inches at 50 yards when I do my part. Recoil from mine is just about non-existent with those loads. BTW, I keep a Ruger GP 100 six inch barrel 357 stoked with the same loads when I'm out in the boonies as a companion gun to the Rossi. Just a thought!
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