I think you might just be correct on that. That was a lot of money for a young fella in that time period. I was working in the hay fields (bucking bales) for $.50/hour.
Ruger is not listening to it's customers. I agree other calibers would have been better and for me personally, I would love to have a 357 or 44 pistol caliber first.
I doubt Ruger will produce the 39A, Marlin and Remington both fount it was too expensive to produce.
Those of you wanting .357s so badly, no judgement from me, but what is it you find that much more appealing than .30-30 or .44? I didn't include .22 because that's obviously a different list of boxes to check, but then again, is .357 just a punchier .22 for you guys?
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I want a levergun to match my Ruger New Vaquero in .357. That's the thing, ain't it? A levergun and revolver that eat from the same trough? It gives you a choice of a fair number of loadings, and in a carbine length barrel, stout .357 mag loads will put a deer down.
Also, and this is the big one, when ammo prices weren't ridiculous, .357 and .38 was pretty cheap to shoot and for sure cheaper than .44mag or .30-30. Yes, you're more into plinker territory with a .357 than either of those two calibers, and that's also a draw for me. It's a punchier .22 down at the lower end of the loading spectrum and something you could defend your home with up at the hotter end. More versatile, in any case.
When I owned an 1894c in .44 mag, I didn't do a whole lot of shooting because it wasn't cheap to shoot. When I traded it away, I did so with the promise to myself that I'd eventually replace it with a .357 I could afford to shoot more often.
Again, I'm not looking at wanting an 1894 as a deer gun. I've got other rifles for that. It ain't always about how hard it hits, sometimes it's the smile factor. I own two M1 carbines, and I'd consider a .357 lever gun to be in about the same ballpark in terms of what I'd realistically use it for and expect from it.
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I got a 357 carbine to go with my 357 S&W64. One caliber to rule them all!
I already load 38 & 357, so the carbine is a no brainer. Also, I cast my own bullets, so price is not a factor..until I run out of primers again.
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You've gotta shoot one to understand it. They've got more thump than a .22, but it doesn't beat you up at all. They also knock down steel with authority, which is not something you can do with a .22. My .30-30 can put a hurt on you with it's thin butt-plate, and my .45-70 kicks like a pissed off jackass. The .357, on the other hand, is pure fun, no pain. If you load them hot, you can get within a couple of hundred fps of a .30-30...it's not as far off as you'd think. It's plenty for deer inside of 50-75 yards, which is pretty much what you hunt around here.
I originally bought mine because rifle calibers used to be illegal for deer in Indiana, but for a brief period pistol caliber rifles became legal, with certain conditions. I've never actually taken a deer with it, but I fell in love with the gun. It's actually the gun that got me started filling my safe with Marlins. It's still the most accurate, well-balanced, and easy shooting carbine in my collection, although my .45 Colt comes close.
Like P220 Smudge and MikeNC said, it's also nice to be able to share ammo across platforms. I have a bunch of .357 revolvers, so it just made sense to have a rifle that shoots the same caliber. I got a Blackhawk in .45 Colt, so I had to get an 1894 to match, and recently picked up a S&W 69 in .44, so now I'm on the hunt for a .44 mag.
Ah yes, same ammo as a revolver. OK, I get that and have done it with .44 in the past. Think I had 240gr loaded to around 1300fps at the time. Easy enough on the shoulder and not too bad from the Redhawk either.
Unfortunately, there's no way Ruger is going to make the 39a again the same as before. It is a product of the past, and like the Savage 99, would simply be too expensive for the modern consumer to accept. I'm glad I got one when I did.
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As mentioned already, I like the idea of sharing a caliber with my Security Six. Another big factor for me personally, I missed out on getting a Marlin lever gun when they were still quality rifles. Always wanted one but by the time I had the disposable income the new ones were trash and the old ones were stupid expensive.
Many indoor ranges allow pistol caliber carbines but not high powered rifle/carbines.
Found a bone stock Marlin 1894 in .357 at a local shop. Budget is expended for this month, threw 200 bucks on the counter. Pick it up next month.
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