The club I am hoping to get accepted as a full member of this month coming and as part of it is a gallery rifle section that might be fun to join.
As such, I was wondering about a .357 lever action or .45 Colt (No .44Rem Mag due to not being historic enough). I'd ideally like something that I could use on the occasional muntjac so would like to be able to mount a scope reasonably easily.
Was thinking about .45 Colt but as most of these seem to struggle to make the ME requirement for a lot of loads I've seen but .357Mag seems to do it quite easily (I've been reading Ballistics by the Inch as my data reference)
So, folks of SD am looking for your advice on a few points:
1) Makes - Marlin, Winchester, Rossi and Chiappa seem to be the main options
2) Marlin vs Winchester - Is the Marlin 94 (provided on a poorly QC'd one) much better than a Win 94 AE?
3) Is the Marlin that much better to scope than the Win AE?
4) Win 92 type actions (mainly thinking Chiappa clones) - are these scopeable with a regular type scope mount or do you have to go for a forward "scout style"
5) Any thoughts on calibre choice - Decent .357 Munty load? Anything from the list below I'm missing out on be not considering? (I really don't want to go .45-70 or the ilk. My 9.3x62 does big stuff well enough )
Thanks in advance for you input folks!
‘TRADITIONAL LEVER ACTION RIFLES - PISTOL CALIBRES’ – These should be deemed to include, as well as .25-20, .32-20, .38-40, .44-40, such calibres as .38/.357, .45 ACP, .45 Colt, but not .22 rimfire (too small), .44 magnum (too late). Calibres such as 45-70 & .30-30 WILL NOT be treated as ‘Pistol Calibres’ even if you used to have a Thompson Contender chambered for them! N.B. Maximum M/E 2028 Joules (1496 ft/lbs).