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Looking for a new rifle and leaning toward a .44 since I have a revolver chambered for the magnum already. Any recommendations? I have a lever action in a different round that I love and am thinking to go that way but am open to any advice.

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Henry Big Boy rifle or carbine in .44 mag is a good solid choice. shown is the rifle, i lke the carbine, lil shorter, and has the bigger loop.
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The RUGER 44/77 I think is under 6 pounds. Has a 3-position "wing" safety.
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Try to find a second hand (but lightly used) Marlin 1894 that is at least ten years old.
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Henry Big Boy rifle or carbine in .44 mag is a good solid choice. shown is the rifle, i lke the carbine, lil shorter, and has the bigger loop.
I own a Henry and they are amazing but $$$$. I may end up going that route anyway.
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The RUGER 44/77 I think is under 6 pounds. Has a 3-position "wing" safety.
Not familiar with this one. Will have to check it out
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Try to find a second hand (but lightly used) Marlin 1894 that is at least ten years old.
This is the one I've been leaning towards but why ten years old?
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This is the one I've been leaning towards but why ten years old?
While not all Marlins I have seen/shot that were made in the last ten years sucked, quite a few (and an unacceptable proportion of them) did.

Some can be fixed with some tuning, finessing etc.

But some suck in incurable ways.
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I have an older 1894P, 16.5" ported barrel. Great rifle.
It is discontinued and if you can find a used one, buy it!
It is a handy little rifle. I bought it to go with my S&W629.

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I own a Henry and they are amazing but $$$$. I may end up going that route anyway.
long ranger in .308 caliber,lil over $1000. but when ya buy quality ya only got to buy it once. some times, i agree, it does take a lil while.
seen the older 1894 marlins 44 mags,, pre-Remington buyout, sell for between 400$ and 700$

the 10 year old thing is pre-Remington buyout guns i believe. theres a 1971 44 mag Marlin on gun broker right now with a bid around 400$
#789321513 lil bit of wear marks.
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While not all Marlins I have seen/shot that were made in the last ten years sucked, quite a few (and an unacceptable proportion of them) did.

Some can be fixed with some tuning, finessing etc.

But some suck in incurable ways.
Good to know. Thanks for the heads up
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I have an older 1894P, 16.5" ported barrel. Great rifle.
It is discontinued and if you can find a used one, buy it!
It is a handy little rifle. I bought it to go with my S&W629.

Beautiful gun! And definitely the way I am leaning at the moment.
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What I like about my RUGER 44/77 is that it has integral optic base built into the receiver. I carry a scope with WARNE quick release rings in my pack. The rifle has basic fold-down leaf sight, that I am comfortable with to roughly 85-100'ish yards. If I can't stalk closer and need to make a longer shot, the scope mounts in seconds, with just two leavers to throw.

Note: If anyone duplicates this you have to get the rings direct from WARNE........as they have the take a front and rear from other sets.......as regular Ruger M-77 rings will not work. You have to make it clear it is for Ruger 44/77.
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long ranger in .308 caliber,lil over $1000. but when ya buy quality ya only got to buy it once. some times, i agree, it does take a lil while.
seen the older 1894 marlins 44 mags,, pre-Remington buyout, sell for between 400$ and 700$

the 10 year old thing is pre-Remington buyout guns i believe. theres a 1971 44 mag Marlin on gun broker right now with a bid around 400$
#789321513 lil bit of wear marks.
I agree about quality and appreciate the heads up.
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What I like about my RUGER 44/77 is that it has integral optic base built into the receiver. I carry a scope with quick release rings in my pack. The rifle has basic fold-down leaf sight, that I am comfortable with to roughly 85-100'ish yards. If I can't stalk closer and need to make a longer shot, the scope mounts in seconds, with just two leavers to throw.
How is it without the scope? Decent to 50 yards?
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I love 44 magnum for both handgun and rifle. I know they are not the most popular rifle on SB, but I love my Marlin and Winchester 1894‘s in 44 magnum. I keep them well maintained and I’ve never had an issue with either. With this stock iron sights you are good to go at the effective range of the round.
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I love 44 magnum for both handgun and rifle. I know they are not the most popular rifle on SB, but I love my Marlin and Winchester 1894s in 44 magnum. I keep them well maintained and Ive never had an issue with either. With this stock iron sights you are good to go at the effective range of the round.
Definitely leaning toward the Marlin right now. Any disadvantages for game at 75 yards or less? 100 yards?
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How is it without the scope? Decent to 50 yards?
It is a quality bolt action rifle. The rifle will not be the issue for group size, that issue will be with the ammo. If someone wanted small groups I would think that ammo with the pointed plastic tip would group the smallest.

You can also get a peep-sight / aperture-sight / Ghost Ring sight that mounts on the built-in receiver. That would give a longer sight radius.

Because I live with Alaska Coastal Brown Bears in my front and back yard, I use the 320 gr. hard cast.
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It is a quality bolt action rifle. The rifle will not be the issue for group size, that issue will be with the ammo. If someone wanted small groups I would think that ammo with the pointed plastic tip would group the smallest.

Because I live with Alaska Coastal Brown Bears in my front and back yard, I use the 320 gr. hard cast.
That's a big grain for a .44 but I understand the need with the bears. I'd hate to shoot it with my revolver though LOL. What's the capacity?
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What's the capacity?
Four plus One. I carry a spare loaded magazine.
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