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    Not sure what your caliber questions was, but if it was to ask what caliber to pick, I'd say the 30 30. You have the rifle already, plus a good supply of ammunition. Sounds like a winner to me.

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    44 mag w/16.5” barrel.
    Marlin guide gun 1894P.Or a New Henry steel boy H012R.
    Perfect for hog hunting in brush.
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    308 or 338 marlin express!
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    Having all of the above mentioned (44 Mag, 30-30, 45-70, and 35 Remington), and all in Marlin lever actions, they all will do the job, but I would favor the 45-70 in a stainless guide gun.

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    My Ruger 44 carbine and Marlin 1894SS 44 are great for pigs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Da Duke View Post
    My Ruger 44 carbine and Marlin 1894SS 44 are great for pigs.
    Da Duke,


    Good caliber and frame suggestions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdpolk View Post
    I’d like an open sights levergun for pigs while running and gunning. I’m not interested in wildcat/handloader special calibers. The three that are coming to mind to me are 44mag because I have a revolver in that, 30-30 because it rocks and I already stock 30-30 in bulk as it’s one of my all time favorite rounds, and 4570 because it’s a classic that hits like a train and I don’t have one already. As for the action, I’m only interested in a Marlin lever with a Skinner sight and preferably a shorter barrel.
    gdpolk,

    Go for the pistol caliber. Low cost reloading or factory ammo. Find a local club that offeres lever silhouette matches and hone your offhand skills. If you stay in the 200-240 gr bullet weight range, all is good. If you try to go heavier the slower twist rate of the barrel makes it hard to stabalize the heavier bullets causign accuracy issues.

    Oh, add a rear peep sight. It will do wonders for quick target acquisition and accuracy. Not to mention helping to focus the front sight blade.
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    Thanks for the input guys. I've opted to start the search for an 1894 in .44mag. It gets the nod because it is a bit smaller/lighter than the other options, has plenty of oomph for what I'll actually be doing, and can share ammo with my S&W 629 that will be on my hip anyway. I have a scoped .30-30 that can reach out a bit farther than an open sights gun (in my hands), and a 7mm Mag boltgun for places where the .30-30 range/power is limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gdpolk View Post
    Thanks for the input guys. I've opted to start the search for an 1894 in .44mag. It gets the nod because it is a bit smaller/lighter than the other options, has plenty of oomph for what I'll actually be doing, and can share ammo with my S&W 629 that will be on my hip anyway. I have a scoped .30-30 that can reach out a bit farther than an open sights gun (in my hands), and a 7mm Mag boltgun for places where the .30-30 range/power is limited.
    You won't regret that choice. One other plus for the .44 is the 10 shot magazine. Very handy when grunters are running hell, west and crooked after you've dropped the first one in a mob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by That_Aussie View Post
    You won't regret that choice. One other plus for the .44 is the 10 shot magazine. Very handy when grunters are running hell, west and crooked after you've dropped the first one in a mob.
    That is very correct. Have been in situations with multiple targets at close range many times, usually with a 308 or 356/358 lever, but honestly the 44 is superior for the fact recovery time between shots seems a little bit faster.
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