Taurus .357 Magnum Lever-Action Rifle Review – What You Should Know, Before You Buy

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Little Guns…

Zero 300x180 Taurus .357 Magnum Lever Action Rifle Review   What You Should Know, Before You BuyNot really sure why, but I do like ‘little’ bullets. My fave is the .22. Most likely because it was the first gun I owned. Or shot. My favorite ‘big-little’ bullet is the .357/38. Possibly because it’s the closest I could get to my first deer rifle, a Marlin 32-20, with an easy-to-find bullet. Of course, being able to shoot two different bullets in the same weapon doesn’t hurt, either. .38 Special is the parent of its big child, the .357 Magnum, and .38 will shoot in the magnum caliber weapons. Not really a ‘plus’ for those who want to save money since cost is nearly the same, it’s just convenient if one wants a lower recoil round in a larger weapon.

Newest to my brood of .357’s is a Taurus made Rossi clone of the Winchester ‘92 (1892), son of the Winchester ‘86 (1886), and grandson to the Winchester ‘73 (1873). And a creation of John Moses Browning. Hmmm… 1911, anyone?

First Impressions…

For most of us, first impressions are a deciding factor in our selection of almost anything. Since Al Gore invented the internet (snicker), we can make a better decision for our first impression. A little Google-Fu encouraged my decision to get the Taurus rather than a more spendy Marlin, and a very much more spendy Winchester. Cost was $380-v-$800-v-$1200… Ummm… being the po’boy I is…

Rossi Firearms had garnered a poor reputation for quality control, which reputation improved when Taurus mfg. bought the company and initiated its brand of quality control, which, I will say, pleases me. But I get ahead of myself.

In the rifle racks at my local gun shop, this rifle stood out from a distance. Immediately apparent as being a ’Winchester’, it wasn’t until reading the barrel brand that I realized I was holding a clone. I grabbed it off the rack, worked the action and dropped the hammer (purposely on my thumb) and commented, ’This has a great trigger!’ At which time I noticed the top of the bolt safety and this began a thorough inspection.

At 37 inches long and less than six pounds, this is a light rifle. Very light. Light enough to be fired with one hand. (Of course, recoil is another issue… smirk.) Not as smooth as my well-used Marlin, the action was smooth with just two hints of roughness: at the beginning and end of the stroke. Reason: the twin bolt retaining bars have to pull away from or engage the bolt slots. (Incidentally, the strongest lever bolt conceived.) Tearing into the action didn’t resolve this, so I’ve concluded it’s a design issue more than maker’s fault. Living with a slight hesitation, unnoticed in use, is no problem.

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But that dang safety… pivots to lock the firing pin.
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But that dang safety… pivots to lock the firing pin.

Bluing is typical for the majority of today’s weapons. More black than blue, uniform throughout the weapon. The hammer was painted black and showed machine marks (that greatly disturbed me for a while- until I polished it with a stone… again, ahead of myself).

Wood to metal fit is OK. Not custom good but no worse than any other makes, either. Certainly not N.E.F. proud. Oil finished, it looks soft and satin and more akin to 1880 and not so offensive- but possibly less durable- than the high gloss finishes on most wood these days.

Sights are reminiscent of the 1800s as well. Typical buckhorn rear with slide elevation adjustment and bead post front. For those who want to add a scope, the barrel is pre-drilled and tapped for a scout-type long-eye relief scope. Use of which entails removing the rear sight, so pack it away safely (aside: I drill a one inch hole about four inches deep into the stock beneath the recoil pad in which to store an extra firing pin, carrier and other small tidbits, and a good way to not lose the sight if removed; wrap them in a sandwich baggie to prevent rattle and moisture problems). I won’t be putting a scope on this rifle, wanting to keep it ‘era’.

Shooting the Clone…

When it came to Zero Hour, it was a trip out back. The factory bore-sighting was right on at 100 yards for my style of shooting. Was it just good fortune? Probably.

One problem I have with the Marlin is barrel temperature. After half a dozen shots, the barrel begins to warp and the POI begins to rise. Not a lot, but six inches at a hundred yards. That isn’t a real problem when hunting. One or two shots at most, unless you’re a really bad shot- but then you shouldn’t be hunting anyway. So the problem doesn’t bother me much until it comes to a string of ten or more shots at targets like clays.

Thinking of this, I speed fired a tube (10 rounds) through the ’92, then settled the barrel across the GHB and fired two shots. Less than a quarter inch separated them at 50 yards. No heat problems today, though I will try again on a 90 degree day later this summer.

One other problem I have with the Marlin I am curious about is what I call the ‘Roll Test’.

The ’Roll’ is something we see very often in Western movies when there’s a wild bunch of desperados attacking the hero. Lucas McCain, the Rifleman, does it more than most. Too, there’s usually a war movie that has the hero doing the Roll. And I’ve had the misfortune of wanting to attempt it.

To do the Roll, lie on the ground, chamber a round, aim at the target and start rolling across the ground and fire multiple shots at the target. Of course, you’re trying to score hits.

With my semi-auto BR (Battle Rifle) or semi-auto pistols, doing the Roll is no problem. Everything happens so fast with a semi there’s little time for extraneous problems to arise. Not so with a lever action, bolt, or, I suspect, with a pump. Several attempts created the same dilemma I have with the Marlin and bolt actions.

The cartridge won’t feed upside down or at severe angles beyond 100 degrees of TDC (Top Dead Center). That’s slightly more than a right angle.

Little Brother was with me and thought I was crazy doing this kind of test, but it doesn’t seem so to me. Any time one is hunting, there’s always the possibility of needing to do a fast shot from any imaginable position, so it pays to practice them. If one is in a combat situation, there’s even more possibility when taking in-coming fire and needing to get a shot on target from any position. Again, it pays to practice the odd-ball positions as well as standing. (Aside: I also introduced Bro to shooting on the move, which he thought was fun and a little more practical.)

Overall Impressions…

Overall, I will say I am happy with this little rifle and feel it will serve its purpose well. Of course, longevity is still to be discovered. Reports from across the web give this rifle high marks, especially by Cowboy/SASS shooters who put thousands of rounds through their weapons yearly.

Fit and finish is adequate and appeals to the historical side of my personality. Accuracy is perhaps a bit better than I get with the Marlin and what I’ve come to expect for such large bore pistol cartridges. MOA it isn’t, especially with my old eyes and open sights. It is Minute of Deer or Minute of Bad Guy, as I explained to Bro- he’d never heard the expressions. (Dunno why, he’s around me enough!)

Being a .357, it’s on the extreme low end of a 30-30’s power curve, and about twice what a .357 handgun will deliver. (The rifle is also available in .44 Magnum, which would nearly double the power, maybe even eclipsing the 30-30 with double the shoulder punishment.) As a self defense weapon, it’s short enough to be maneuverable indoors, hallways and small rooms, though not as handy as a handgun.

The 18 inch barrel is longer than an AR, but not really noticeable when handling. Balance is right in front of the lever, and it’s certainly quick handling as any ‘brush’ gun should be.

A leather sling, always a good addition to any weapon, held in place with Uncle Mike’s lever action barrel band swivel will keep the rifle out of the way when hiking or transitioning to handgun.

Being a short range round, a two or four power scope would be a good choice if one wanted or needed optics. (I don’t think I’d go variable, but that’s me. YMMV.) Red dots, or other style of ’dot’ sight, are becoming popular with some adapting their lever guns for urban combat, are one way to go. Again, the rear sight needs removal and safe storage.

Would I recommend this rifle to others? I do, and have. Again- everything hinges on what perceived needs are. For a short range, fast handling, accurate, smooth acting, small and medium game and self defense carbine to match your sidearm, I think one could do a lot worse. In the words of Little Brother, “This is one nice little rifle!”

Oh- I did put my SASS moniker and Wolf logo on the stock and I will be eliminating that firing pin safety and go with the half-cock safety only. But that’s me. YMMV depending on how much you like lawyers (no, Sis- I ain‘t talking about you!).

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Comments

  1. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    A lever .357 carbine / trapper is a very handy firearm to keep around. I had never heard of the Taurus – Thank You for your review!

    • You’;re welcome, JR.
      Taurus recently bought out Rossi- when their QC went to hell and no one bought them any more. Taurus improved the quality tremendously and are selling like hot cakes at a Legion breakfast now.

  2. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    JSW: Thank U. Good piece on a very undervalued partner gun. Here in the NwOhio area these are as rare as an honest office holder. It is also the ONLY weapon left on my gotta list.

    • Thanks for reading, Thomas.
      Good luck finding your rifle- they’re becoming more common since all the ‘turrible black rifles’ are flying off the shelves and people are now eye-balling the ‘less common’ weapons.

  3. riverrider says:

    thanks jsw! i wonder do they have a 16 inch version? i’ll have to hunt one up around christmas time:)

    • You’re welcome, RR. Thank you. Not sure you can find this particular model in 16″, but they are making a Trapper version with a 16″ barrel. Not sure the cost, though, or availability.

  4. ian in ca says:

    I’ve been eyeballing this one for a while, thanks for a thorough review. I bought a Rossi snubnose revolver in the same caliber and this seems like a natural partner.

    • For sure, Ian- get it, you won’t regret it. Nothing like having a rifle to shoot up your pistol ammo. Or the opposite. Double the fun when you shoot.
      Thanks for reading.

  5. Feinstein says:

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been thinking about getting one of these for a while now. It would go good with my .357 revolver. Now I know what I want for Christmas. ;-)

    • My brother has dibs on the Christmas one, Feinstein, so you’ll have to go for the Thanksgiving model. ;-)

  6. axelsteve says:

    Thank you for the article.It made me think that the 44 mag would be good in my area having wild and feral hogs. The price is very doable also.When I see the 800 and 1200 dollar price tag for a comparable shooter I think heck no. I remember paying 700 plus for a brand new Weatherby mark 5 in 300 magnum. I know those days are long gone however I remember paying 700 plus for a 300 Weatherby.And paying 800 and 1200 for a wampum stick goes against my nature.Thank you for the article.

    • You’re welcome, Axel. I
      ve handled the .44 mag version and thought it comparable to the .357. Except that hole in the barrel is almost twice the size! Yowza, what a howitza.
      Thanks for reading.

      • axelsteve says:

        Jsw. Come to think of it the 357 mag version would be a better bet. Not much 44 special ammo to go with a 44 mag in my area.The 357 mag version would be more flexibl.

  7. The main culprit for the stiff action on the Rossi is the extractor spring. There are aftermarket replacements or you can find lots of instructions online for ‘trimming’ the stock spring.

    On of my favorite rifles for moving kids up from rimfire to centerfire – light, easy to shoot, and has the fun cowboy vibe. No real recoil with cowboy 38 special loads.

    At the shop, we’ve scoped a number of these with 2-7x ‘scout’ style long eye relief scopes. Buyer reports have been very positive on scoped accuracy. Note – the M92′s come pre-drilled for an inexpensive weaver rail and hammer extensions are also readily available.

    • Thanks for the tip, Virgil- I’ll have to check it out. (And hope I don’t screw things up- sometimes I tinker too much! You should hear about the Bulova watch I once had…)
      For the caliber, I think seven power may be a bit much, but certainly not beyond the bullet’s abilities if one wants to attempt long-range shots with it, like up to 500 yards.
      I’ve given thought to trying it that far- heck, I shoot .22 to 400, so a bigger bullet should be able to make 500. But, what’d the knock-down power be? Could be an interesting test.
      Thanks for reading.

  8. I like lever actions , but prefer bolts as you can shoot the easier prone . The lever actions I do have are good fun , but handed down antiques . Dont like to take them out a lot because of their age .

    • Prone… LOL, TR- I can’t even work the lever in prone, hence the roll test!
      Love the levers as well, though I prefer my bolts for accuracy, I think a lever’d be a great idea for a combat weapon traveling incognito.
      Thanks for reading.

      • That it would , dont get me wrong , they are one of the more fun weapons a person can shoot , I have an old army 1895 , and a Mosin bolt . They both only hold 5 rounds , but if I was going to hit the dirt , I think I would rather have the Mosin . If I was not , the ’95 . Levers were the first solution in creating a repeating rifle . They did and still do their job very well .

    • Rob In Ontario says:

      TR – I have my fathers old Winchester 25-35 made in 1897- I love taking that old rifle out

  9. My “go to” rifle is a Marlin carbine in .357 with ghost ring rear site and large front site. I like the light recoil for home defense compared to a 12ga. as I’m almost 200 years old (well, that’s how old I feel).

    Good right up. As Marlin stopped making theirs a few years back, I would look at this as a fine replacement.

    • My fav. for lever actions is anArmy cavalry 1895 carbine in 30.40 Krag . ammo is hard to find but they were so simple , they fire without flaw , even as old as they are .

      • Love my ’94C, Ghost. Put a 4x BSA CQB scope on it and get great groups at 100 with it. Until the Taurus, the Marlin was my go-to rifle for anything short of out and out going to war. THen it’ll be the semi auto and some zinger hollow points.
        You feel almost 200… i am. I know I am ‘cuz I feel like it every morning when I gotta do a lube job on the joints just to roll outta bed. :D
        Thanks for reading.

      • One of my brother in laws has a Remington .30 lever action his grandfather gave him decades ago. He loves that rifle and is always asking me to hunt down ammo for it. The last batch was $2.89 a round… he almost went bananas.
        Thanks for the comment, TR.

        • Same problem here , 30.40 is an oddball caliber , when I do find it ………the price is painful , but I get as much as I can emotionally handle lol . I figure that at some point , they will stop producing it , as there are not a lot of guns out there that use it now .

    • Love my ’94C, Ghost. Put a 4x BSA CQB scope on it and get great groups at 100 with it. Until the Taurus, the Marlin was my go-to rifle for anything short of out and out going to war. THen it’ll be the semi auto and some zinger hollow points.
      You feel almost 200… i am. I know I am ‘cuz I feel like it every morning when I gotta do a lube job on the joints just to roll outta bed. :D
      Thanks for reading.

    • Uncle Donnie says:

      For all of you that have the Marlin 38/357 lever model, has any one run into this problem? When the next round comes out of the tube there is a piece that stops the round allowing it to be lifted up and loaded into the chamber. This piece looks like a flat piece of bar stock with a small nub that actually stops the rearward movement of the shell to be chambered. Hopefully you understand what i am talking about. Here is my problem. I have run through three of these. The little nub breaks off and allows the shell to continue back into the workings. It is a bugger to then get them out. I love this rifle but it has spent more time at the gun smith’s than out at the range. I am so disgusted with this problem that I currently use it as a single shot trap door type rifle. Oh and yes I have had a custom piece milled out of hardend metal, this one broke off too. At best i get about fifty rounds out of each repair before it breaks again. If any one has a solution for this problem I would be indeted to you for your help.

      • Donie- what you’re suffering is called ‘the Marlin jam’, and is a problem with a great many Marlin lever actions. it’s caused by the bullet carrier getting worn by the lever as you work the action. Not much wear and the problem begins.

        Here’s one site thqat has an excellen t tutorial and DIY fix for minimal cost and easy to do- if oyu have a flat tipped screw driver and a bit of patience.

        Anyway, check this out: http://marauder.homestead.com/files/tuning_m_1894.htm

        Travel down the page ’til you see the Marlin Jam link, and you’ll find a couple fixes. Have fun, take your time, and enjoy a reliable rifle when you’re done. Then tell the ‘smith how eaasily you fixed the problem.

  10. Patriot Farmer says:

    I hate to rain on the parade of anyone who would buy the Rossi/Taurus lever action .357, but my experience was not good. I purchased a Rossi Model 92 in 357 mag. In the store the rifle looked amazing. It had the 24″ octagon barrel and felt as good as it looked. After I brought it home I noticed the barrel had loosened from the receiver and the accuracy was falling. I contacted the company and sent the gun back for repairs. The barrel was replaced and I thought all was well with the gun. I took it to the range and the gun would not chamber a round and would not eject a spent cartridge. Now not trusting Rossi with any further repairs I took the gun to a trusted gunsmith who made the repairs and now the gun works fairly well. I really question Rossi/Taurus quality control and their ability to make correct repairs on their products. I would not recommend the purchase of a Rossi/Taurus firearm at this time.

    • Winchester and Henry still make 100+ year old, proven designes , if you want a cowboy lever action .

      • Gotta admit, TR, that Henry and Winchester are still working- but at what cost? The Henry is twice what the Taurus, even a Marlin (if you can find one) cost, and the Winnie is even more.

        Much as I love Winnies, I couldn’t bring myself to ante their cost. And Henry has too much brass for my liking.

    • Like all things mechanical, there are lemons and there are gold leafs in every basket. My opinion is on the rifle I bought. So far, with slightly more than 200 rounds through it, is handling perfectly fine. But you’re right: Rossi had terrible QC by the time they sold out. Taurus has improved it quite a bit though may still have room to improve. Well, certainly all makers do if one listens to all some people say about their purchases. Except for Glock. It seems no one ever has a problem with those. Unless they shoot .45 Colts…
      True- there were some rough spots I felt needed smoothing, so dismantled and polished here and there (I hinted at it with the hammer, and a few other spots). And that extraction spring Virgil hinted at will be my next project on it. Not that the gun wouldn’t function well prior to my tinkering- it operated fine mechanically. Again, I’m a tinkerer and always hope to improve actions with a stone and some judicious filing or spring cutting. Or worse- depends how crazy hurried I get.
      And, of course, you mileage varries, Patriot. No problem with that. Thanks for the input.

      • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

        I’ve got an older Rossi (1980′s Puma) and its mechanically working extremely well. My only complaint has been the finish – it rusts very easily. I may have battery acid running in my veins and sweat. I think it was a problem with Rossi bluing, as I had a 12 gauge 20″ SXS rabbit eared shotgun which did the same thing. Frustrating so I sold that – kept the lever gun though, it runs like a top.

  11. The price is certainly right but I hesitate to buy another Taurus. The one Taurus handgun that I owned had that blasted internal lock and it failed on me. I sent it to the factory to be reapired and service was very good but I just don’t trust the mechanism. I traded it off shortly after that.

    • Like that ‘internal lock’, the M92 has a safety on the bolt to lock the firing pin. It’s one of those ‘impervious to lawsuit lawyer deals’ that do nothing to improve function and serve only to confuse and dismay the purchaser.
      But, I agree, Harold: I try to stay away from those tools that have been lawyered to death.
      Thanks for reading.

  12. JSW, thanks my friend. You just helped me decide on my next purchase. That lever action will go perfectly with my Taurus 357 revolver. I already carry a rig in 44. My lady doesn’t like the recoil of the 44 but she loves shooting 38/357. Also have my reloader setup to cover both. If I can’t find it I can make it.

    • You’re welcome, Hollis. After all, that’s what friends are for.
      Thanks for reading.

  13. Oh yeah, just wanted to tell you, you’re wearing MY HAT!

    • It was your hat, Hollis- but you left it laying on the prairie and I found it hanging on a sage bush…
      ROFL… be safe, thanks for reading.

  14. My Rossi 92 is an older Legends Puma, pre ‘safety’, stainless, limited edition (only made 2000), 20″ barrel, saddle ring. Currently wearing a combo led/laser light. The only problem I have had was FTF of 200 grn bullets. As this was an experimental load that wasn’t impressive I disregard that result. It is my bump in the night backyard gun, as I have four Mastiff mix dogs in the yard I seldom need it. The current load is 174 gr. Gold dot +P. For hunting the leverevolution by hornady seem to work the best, the factory lists 140 gr. at 1850 fps from an 18″ barrel, they run on the high side of 1950 from mine. As for function the first. 1000 rounds were a bit sticky. A little work with a hard Arkansas stone and she’s about as smooth ss could be asked for the trigger breaks like glass at

    • Thanks for reading, AZ- it won’t be long before there’re a thousand through this rifle- it’s summer and the Cowboy season is upon us.
      Not having a gauge, I have to go by feel on the trigger, but I’m guessing five to seven pounds on mine after honing everything and snipping a quarter coil off the hammer spring. Though in the store, the trigger got my attention. I broke clean, for sure. As said, I like this little rifle a lot. Of course, if it decides to break down, that may change and I’ll go back to the Marlin,

  15. 7 lbs.

  16. Check out Steve Young for gunsmithing the Rossi / Taurus leverguns. He has an excellent reputation with the Cowboy Action Shooting community and can tune the action, springs and trigger to be super slick and also remove that ugly safety on the bolt.
    http://store.stevesgunz.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=11

  17. Enzo Pamroma says:

    Follow the cowboy adage, have your pistol and your rifle chamber the same round. Especially useful when out wandering the landscape.

    And check the ballistics. 357 (from a rifle) has more energy at 100 yards than does 223/5.56. 158 grain bullet exits the barrel at 1800+ fps, a 125 grain bullet exits at 2100+ fps.

    Here in the People’s Republik the good ol’ lever action does not garner much attention, no “prohibited” features.

    I chose the Marlin but that was years back when Marlin was still an independent company. Have owned three of them, in fact. There is a gunsmith down in Texas (known on the SASS circuit) who offers a service of removing the safety and “plugging” the hole left for the safety.

    • You betcha, Enzo- the ‘double duty round’ is one of my favorite reasons for having the lever rifles and pistols.

      I’ve long hungered for Ruger to make a .357 version of their .44 mag semi auto rifle. Then I’d have justification for buying a new rifle and a Coonan .357! :-D << BIG smile.

      Thanks for reading and the input.

      • Enzo Pamroma says:

        Ruger semi-auto in 357. I like the sound of that. But the capacity would still be small if they used the existing semi-auto as the base, 357 cartridges are just as long as 44s, just not as fat.

  18. Chuck Findlay says:

    I have a Marlin 357 Mag rifle, I bought it in 1987 for $209.00. It’s my favorite rifle. It’s fun to shoot, hits hard and it feeds well with 38 Spl rounds. It’s nice to have a rifle / handgun combo (L-frame S&W handgun to go with it) that uses the same round. I don’t feel I need a black rifle any more (use to have an HK-93) as I don’t see any situation that I could not get out of with the 357 Mag rifle / handgun combo. I feel it’s a very good survival combo to have. With shot shells I can take out birds and with 180 gr hard cast bullets it will take out deer or black bears. I live in NW Ohio and I don’t see any need for a 3006 or larger round. You guys out west probably feel the need for a more powerful round to deal with brown bears. But for my part of the country this rifle will do me well. As far as sites , years ago I put a William’s peep site on it (with the peep ring removed to give me a little bigger site picture) and it works well and is very resistant to being bumped around.

    For a hard hitting first shot I have a few 220 gr pointed spire bullets loaded that I one manually into the chamber. You don’t dare use these pointed rounds in a tube magazine gun. The 220 gr bullets are made for the 35 Remington, I originally loaded them for my 357 mag Contender, but tried them in the Marlin and they worked well.

    Have any of you seen the price of 357 ammo the last few years? It’s $50.00 for 100 rounds that is if you can find it at all. I’m glad I reload and have a lot of it on hand.

    Uncle Donnie I have owned my Marlin since 1987 and I can’t recall any feed problems and I have put thousands of rounds through it.

    • Howdy, Chuck- thanks for the comment and reading.

      LOL, yes- my brother and I spent the week end reloading .357. The price around here isn’t into the $50 dollar bill range yet, but it’s more than $30, if you can find it.

      I concur on the viability of the .357 lever gun and pistol for surviving any situation I’m likely to find in this northern MN region, though if I were going to war, I’d want a semi auto BR, mostly ‘cuz they’re so easy to reload.

      My brother was wondering about getting some kind of Remington LeveRlution bullets for loading his .357. Something I’m going to check into when I think of it.

      Thanks for the input.

    • Enzo Pamroma says:

      I’m with you Chuck, I do not own a black rifle any more (have had several in years past) because the lever action fits the bill for what I assume I might face. If I find myself near a “fire fight,” me ‘n my old horse Trigger will hunker down behind this big rock and let the younger kids duke it out. I’m too old for a fun-and-gun shootout.

  19. Texanadian says:

    I have a puma (Rossi) I bought 3- 4 years ago. Dead on right out of the box, never failed me and as others have said it is my go to gun on the farm. I really enjoy shooting it and I lilke the 357/38 combo that works with my revolver… if I still had them, boating accident you know. : )

  20. Any time. Excellent article. I grew up on The Rifleman. Guess that’s what started my love of a good lever action. Matching rifle and pistol loads, a good horse , well made saddle, and a great hat, that is my idea of living. All my best to you.

  21. Thomas T. Tinker says:

    Question JSW… or anyone that has tried it. Will the 38/357 lever handle the 38 S&W or 38 short colt rounds??? I have an old wheel gun that works with all the 38s so just wondering.

    • Thomas, haven’t tried it, but I wouldn’t use .38 Short Colt- won’t function in the action, IMO. Aside from creating serious jams in the tube, it’s dimunitive length would prevent it being lifted by the carrier, and the bolt might not pick it up when closing. I’m not certain either can be fired in a .357/38 revolver, either, but your experience may be different.

      Hope this helps. Thanks for reading.

    • Thomas, I did a bit of reading (gosh- who’d’a thunk an edication’d lemme do that, huh?)in my manuals, and came to the conclusion, you can’t shoot the S&W or Short Colt in a .38 due to different dimensions of the case and bullet. All you’d do is spend a lot of money on ammo you’ve blown apart in the chamber.

      Thanks again for asking and reading.

  22. Texanadian says:

    Mine shoots the .38′s just fine, don’t know about the short ones though. I would be careful with those.

  23. I got to borrow on in .357 for a coyote hunt, but it was a bust of a hunt. Did manage to do some plinking with it (about 150 rounds). Fun little rifle, accurate enough to zap tin cans at a hundred yards or so. The jamming issue is news to me, but then again, I only had the weapon in my hands for a couple of days, too.

    I’m seriously converting over to that-a .357 lever action and a good double action revolver. I’ve taken a fancy to the Charter Arms offering in 4″, and they’d make a nice combo. While I like the idea of a 92 clone, and Taurus/Rossi make good weapons, I’m kind of partial to American-made at this time.