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    .357 lever ... Rossi 92 or Henry - which one would you buy ?

    I'm looking at a lever in 357 magnum to compliment by revolvers.
    Since I cannot afford the premium prices that 1894c , and Marlin doesn't seem to have an interest in making any new ones.

    I am looking at
    1. Rossi 92
    2. Henry Big Boy steel or original brass

    curious what people think ? Anybody own both or done a side by side comparison ?

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    I have a 20' Rossi 45 Colt, and a Henry 44 magnum, and I had a 16" Rossi 357 that I regret getting rid of. The Henry is a bit heavier than the Rossi. The 16" Rossi was nice to carry, small and light, easy to bring up on target. I have heard complaints, but my 357 never had any problems feeding all different kinds of .38 special and 357 ammo.
    I haven't shot the Henry yet, unfortunately.
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    I have been looking for a lever rifle in 454 Casull. Rossi makes one but Henry doesn't and there isn't many choices of anything else that I can see. The thing holding me back about the Rossi is the really ugly safety on the top of the receiver. Good luck on your choice.
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    I have a couple Rossi lever guns a 38/357 and a 44mag and have never had any problems with either...
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    I have four Rossi R92's--A stainless 20" in 44 Mag, a 16" 357, a 16" 45 LC, and a 20" ( I think) color case-hardened in 44 Mag with an octagonal barrel. Have only shot the stainless 44 and the 45 LC. Both functioned without a hitch. The biggest drawback to the stainless is he nasty "orange" finish on the wood. I still need to refinish that. The 45 came out of the box smoother than any new Remlin. As far as the safety, it seems to me there was a place (Steve'z GunZ?) that sold a safety delete unit for the Rossi's.


    I have 2 Henry's--both 22 LR--one lever and one pump, both with octagonal barrels. Haven't shot the pump yet, but the lever action is really nice. My biggest gripe with Henry centerfire levers is the lack of a loading gate in the receiver. Filling it from the front of the tube, while OK for 22's, just doesn't sit well with me when it comes to centerfire rifles. I realize that is a personal issue, but it's what has turned me off to the centerfire Henry's.


    Good luck on your search!
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    Yes I am not a huge fan of the way the Henry loads, but both seem to have a good following.
    i really appreciate all the thoughtful replies. I'm looking for this to be a general purpose "do anything" type rifle
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    I will not knock the Rossi considering I own one, but it is no Marlin. If I was to buy another non-Marlin levergun, it would hands down be a Henry. As for the brass or no brass... I love the look of the brass receivers, but they are a plated brass that does wear with extensive use. I personally have not seen an all steal receiver 357 without the brass plating, thus I can not make a valid suggestion. However, the one suggestion I will push is f you can not make it a Marlin, then a Henry is the only true runner up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by North Idaho Shooter View Post
    ...My biggest gripe with Henry centerfire levers is the lack of a loading gate in the receiver. Filling it from the front of the tube, while OK for 22's, just doesn't sit well with me when it comes to centerfire rifles.
    The loading was a big turn off for me as well. However when I "thought " I was ready to pull the trigger on a Rossi .357 the reviews about a rough action tuned me off of those as well. I ended up waiting about 6mo until a Marlin came up.

    That being said now that I'm more experienced working on my firearms I'm pretty confident I could fix up a rough Rossi if needed. I'd get a Rossi because I wouldn't loose any sleep beating the hell out of it as Jeep gun. I wouldn't baby it like I do my Marlin.

    ...but Henry's are made in the USA still...right?
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    Check it out.

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    Hickok45 does a good review.
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    another question that I forgot to ask , will any of these 357 rifles cycle , chamber and fire 38 special rounds reliably ?


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