What is the best all around caliber in a marlin lever action rifle? What are your opinions?

Hunting target shooting survival home defense ammo availability I know there are better guns for some of these things such as home defense, but assume you could only have a lever action. Which caliber would be best to meet all of your needs?

Asked By: - 12/9/2010
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There are a lot of variables here. For hunting deer only a .30-30 would be a good choice, but if you want to hunt black bear and elk too, a .35 Remington would be a better choice, although a .30-30 would kill a bear or an elk with a good shot if you understand the gun's capabilities and stay within its range limits. A... More
Answered By: xscout9094 - 12/9/2010
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A 30-30. But I wouldn't use any lever action as a home defense weapon.
Answered By: Karl - 12/9/2010
30-30. Though I would go with a .44Mag as a second. 35Rem is good for hunting but the target shooting would get too expensive and its harder to find.
Answered By: the long shot - 12/9/2010
I have two Marlin Lever Action rifles. One in .45 Long Colt and the other in 45-70. Properly loaded, I can do anything on your list with either gun and I have not had any problem finding factory ammo.
Answered By: Michael - 12/9/2010
For hunting I would choose the .338 Marlin Express. For ammo availability and survival it would be the 30-30. For target shooting it would be a .22. For home defense a .45 Colt would work.
Answered By: Desert Eagle .22 - 12/9/2010
I'd take this in one of two directions... More
Answered By: akluis - 12/9/2010
.35 Remington. Ammo isn't too hard to find, but you could take up reloading if you wanted to.
Answered By: st33lcas3 - 12/9/2010
Limited to one rifle I would go with either .357 Mag or .44 Mag. Ammo is available, .38 special or .44 special can be used for economy and home defense. In addition if you ever decide to purchase a handgun single and double action revolvers are readily available and even some auto loaders but they can get pretty... More
Answered By: gimpalomg - 12/9/2010
Answered By: joed - 12/9/2010
357 would make ammo easy to find and still allows the rifle to function as an all-around tool.
Answered By: arc_angel_1972 - 12/10/2010
Marling 444. For home defense use a 12 gauge pump shotgun.
Answered By: acmeraven - 12/10/2010
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