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Old 12-10-2007, 10:40 AM
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I am thinking about getting a rifle that shoots pistol caliber cartridges since Indiana law allows them. The restrictions are as follows......

"Rifles with pistol cartridges that fire a bullet of .357-inch diameter or larger; have a minimum case length of 1.16 inches; and have a maximum case length of 1.625 inches are legal to use only during the deer firearms season. Some cartridges legal for deer hunting include the 357 Magnum, 38-40 Winchester, 41 Magnum, 41 Special, 44 Magnum, 44 Special, 44-40 Winchester, 45 Colt, 454 Casull, 475 Linebaugh, 480 Ruger, 50 Action Express, and 500 S&W."

I've seen alot of lever action rifles in the 44 mag. Not many of the larger calibers though. Can anyone think of a decent rifle for the larger pistol calibers? I am not firm on the action.....meaning it does not have to be a lever action rifle. I would probably be ok with a bolt-action too. May not be too fond of a single shot but wouldn't rule it out either.
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Old 12-10-2007, 10:56 AM
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In lever rifles,there's the puma,single shots-nef or h&r,among others I've forgotton.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:58 AM
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the RRA AR-15 in 458 socom is indy legal, and a mn smith is tooling up as we speak to build an indy legal 357/25 wssm (should equal the 358 win ballistics) there are also nefs in 357 rem max to 500 S&W, along with the assorted 44's and such.
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Are all the NEF's single-shot?
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:44 PM
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41mag is my choice.
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Old 12-10-2007, 12:47 PM
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41mag is my choice.
Why not the .44 mag over the .41 mag? Faster muzzle velosity?
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Old 12-10-2007, 02:43 PM
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Don't own one, but I've heard very good things about the Rossi/Puma 92, which is available in 454 Casul and 480 Ruger, I believe. It's a lever-action based onthe Winchester 1892.
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Old 12-10-2007, 06:51 PM
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Go with the .44 mag., the .45 colt, .38-40 win., or the .44-40 win. out of those calibers listed above. The .480 is an awesome one too.
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Old 12-10-2007, 11:34 PM
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Cant go wrong with a Marlin 1894 or 1895 in anything 357/38 and larger. The 44 won my vote though, it is good out to 100 yards and packs a hellava wallup on anything that it hits. Its easy to reload for too.
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Old 12-11-2007, 05:21 AM
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41mag is my choice.
Why not the .44 mag over the .41 mag? Faster muzzle velosity?
I've been a 41mag fan for many years and own5 revolvers and 2 rifles in this caliber. Bigger isn't always better? The 41 ballistics are very capable of exceeding the 44 in several catagories including down range performance and accuracy. I have some very accurate reloads that suit my every need. My choice and opinion.
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Old 12-11-2007, 07:05 AM
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I've been a 41mag fan for many years and own5 revolvers and 2 rifles in this caliber. Bigger isn't always better? The 41 ballistics are very capable of exceeding the 44 in several catagories including down range performance and accuracy. I have some very accurate reloads that suit my every need. My choice and opinion.
I wasn't trying to criticize. I'm not very familiar with the .41 mag........or pistol loads in a rifle for that matter. I'm trying to do some fact finding to help me make a good choice.
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