One thing to consider with a rifle revolver combo is barrel diameter size. The 44 mag Marlin, at least the one I had was fairly large at .431. A Ruger Blackhawk may have a .429 barrel which would make this combo probably fine with jacketed, but wouldn't work well for sharing cast rounds. I now have a 45 Colt barrel on my 1894 and it slugs just right with my BH 45. I can now buy the same cast bullets for both so don't have to keep any of my ammo separated. Of course with the 1894 45 Colt, I wont ever own a New Model Vaquero in 45 or Colt SAA because then mixing the wrong ammo in the weaker revolver could be disastrous. Other than that I think any of the combos would be great fun!Point Doc said:I currently have the Marlin 336/30-30 and this week will pick up a new .410.
My next quest (yes, I have been bittin' by the Marlin Lever Action Bug!!) is a "functional" cowboy setup. After doing my research, I have almost concluded that the best set up for me would be a Marlin 357 and a matching caliper Ruger Blackhawk. My definition of “functional” is; home defense, hunting and affordable plinking.
The Ruger Blackhawk 357 has the extra cylinder for 9mm. So an owner has three options available; the 38/357 and with the extra cylinder 9mm. But, I have a lingering thought in the back of my mind that I can't resolve, the "44mag"; any suggestions including other combo's would be appreciated!