Lever action to replace semi’s auto?

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I live in Virginia and it is looking like Our semi autos might be going bye bye very soon. Thinking a lever action might be good replacement but I am used to very accurate rifles in semi most are around .5” moa

who makes the most accurate 223/308/6.5 lever actions

are there any custom smiths that specializes in accurate lever guns.

I don’t need 45/70 bear gun and that’s all I see guys tricking out
 

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Browning BLR?

i have an old Winchester model 88 in .308.
 

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What will you do when leftists ban lever actions? You may be able to plead with them to allow you keep a single shot .22, but it will have to be disassembled and padlocked in a gun safe.

I would fight like hell now to keep what you have. Or move to a free state. This is coming from someone who saw the writing on the wall 15 years ago and left N. VA.
 

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Keep fighting, as there's no better option.
This is coming from a 5th generation NY'er that's been fighting against bullshit anti gun legislation for decades, that your just getting a taste of.
You fold now and the next thing you know, you'll be on some ass hat website asking whats the best lever action air soft rifle to buy !
SJC
 

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Why buy a lever action your just a roll over anyway
Henry- That damned Yankee rifle you load on Sunday and shoot all week.

Lever guns were assault rifles before the term was coined. Buy them for the same reason you buy a revolver, or a SBR, or a side by side shotgun, or a Les Baer 1911, or a... Buy them because you enjoy them.

But, if you are going to buy a gun to avoid a ban- or because they will be worth more during a ban- don't bother because you will be disappointed. The former will just give up whatever them bought when the next ban rolls around. And, the latter will not be able to sell (or too afraid) on the open market and will be too afraid of repercussions to sell on the black market.
 

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Uberti/Cimarron/Dixe Gun Works sell a variety of lever-actions, copies of the 1860 Henry, 1866 Winchester, and 1873 Winchester among others. Come in a variety of pistol-sized calibres including .45LC, .44WCF, and .357 Magnum. There are also larger-bore models including the .45-70 Winchester 1886 (Pedersoli makes those too). On the other hand, I have a Pedersoli slide-action .44WCF rifle. It's a sight more expensive than the lever guns (I got mine during a sale or I wouldn't have one) but ain't bad, pumps pretty smooth and fast, and you don't have to change your grip to operate the lever. No slam-fire but that's alright. But it can hold 10+ rounds in the magazine, so it and most other decent cowboy-style guns will inevitably be banned by vague-worded gun legislation in VA too.

But better idea: Don't give up your semis. Supplement your weaponry with a lever or slide-action, don't replace. 'Cause when they ban leverguns, are you gonna come 'round asking for suggestions for a single-shot breechloader? Then caplock muzzleloader? Flintlock? Wheellock? Matchlock? Handgonne? If they have their way, sooner or later that's what it'll come to.
 
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Uberti/Cimarron/Dixe Gun Works sell a variety of lever-actions, copies of the 1860 Henry, 1866 Winchester, and 1873 Winchester among others. Come in a variety of pistol-sized calibres including .45LC, .44WCF, and .357 Magnum. There are also larger-bore models including the .45-70 Winchester 1886 (Pedersoli makes those too). On the other hand, I have a Pedersoli slide-action .44WCF rifle. It's a sight more expensive than the lever guns (I got mine during a sale or I wouldn't have one) but ain't bad, pumps pretty smooth and fast, and you don't have to change your grip to operate the lever. No slam-fire but that's alright. But it can hold 10+ rounds in the magazine, so it and most other decent cowboy-style guns will inevitably be banned by vague-worded gun legislation in VA too.

But better idea: Don't give up your semis. Supplement your weaponry with a lever or slide-action, don't replace. 'Cause when they ban leverguns, are you gonna come 'round asking for suggestions for a single-shot breechloader? Then caplock muzzleloader? Flintlock? Wheellock? Matchlock? Handgonne? If they have their way, sooner or later that's what it'll come to.
good advice, but i was assuming the OP wasn't considering giving up his weapons freely, but merely augmenting his options in case the unthinkable happens...and he loses his ARs in a tragic boating accident.
pistol caliber levers are sweet, but i don't own one. i want the one from jurassic world :p
my dad's old 1962 Winchester Model 88 (.308 22") is pretty accurate, but kicks like a mule with the stock buttplate.
 

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from my cold dead hands worst case i die and no longer need my guns best case they die and I keep my guns either way is acceptable
 

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good advice, but i was assuming the OP wasn't considering giving up his weapons freely, but merely augmenting his options in case the unthinkable happens...and he loses his ARs in a tragic boating accident.
pistol caliber levers are sweet, but i don't own one. i want the one from jurassic world :p
my dad's old 1962 Winchester Model 88 (.308 22") is pretty accurate, but kicks like a mule with the stock buttplate.
That'd be a Marlin .45-70. Which on the Marlin website does in fact list "T-rex" under the animals it's capable of handling.
https://www.marlinfirearms.com/lever-action/model-1895-big-bore/model-1895sbl See?
 
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If your not gonna fight, from what I just read a sks or m1garand is semi auto but not on “the list” since it doesn’t have a “detachable” magazine. Heck I’ll trade my Russian numbers matching sks for the right “assault rifle”. That way your assault rifle can be in the fight even though your not.. kinda like those rich kids that would pay someone to take their spot..
 

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hell, i didn't even own a semi-auto centerfire rifle until i felt like i was in danger of not being able to buy one.
fuck the california nazi government.

i had my dad's old lever action, if i ever needed to hunt for food. no "practical" need, except the need to exercise my rights.
when i told my wife i was going to buy a gun that costs almost a buck a round to shoot, she gave me a funny look.
i am typically "thrifty" and don't buy stuff for myself.
i promised i would only buy one.
Scar 20S :ROFLMAO:

moron labia!
 

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The most accurate current production LAs in the calibers you listed are the Henry Long Rangers.

I’d buy one because they’re good, fun guns, and not just to replace semis (they aren’t banned yet and there’s a LOT of room between where VA is currently and, say, CA or much of the northeast). That said I think your line of thought is generally correct: pumps and levers will be legal longer in more locations. Just how it is.
 

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George Washington and our nation‘s forefathers would be ashamed of you even thinking about asking this question.

Buy ARs and buy ammo. repeat. And don’t let one single tyrant tell or force you to do otherwise.
 

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First, after seeing what happened to the poor folks in VA, I'll never be guilty of not voting again (regardless of how safe I feel in TN).

Second, I'm not real sure how the "Assault Weapon" ban is written, nor does it really matter, as I'm sure "King Ralph" will be back around for whatever isn't banned pretty quick.

Politics aside, I do love leverguns, but I'd not buy one to replace my AR.

First, I'd look at the aforementioned pump and straight pull AR variants, or, after pondering "what would Potsy do?" I'd roll a light, handy, awesome, bolt gun. Think light 16"-20" barrel .223-.308-6.5 (Origin with switchaloo bolt heads and barrels if you wanna), in a handy MDT Chassis (probably with a folder) and bask in the warmth of 10 round magazines, fast reloads, extended C.O.A.L. for high B.C. projectiles, and easy accuracy and gunsmithing, AR'ish ergo's, and easy accessory attachment (bipod, light, scope etc.). In other words, try to make the "semi-auto replacement rifle" evolve beyond what the semi-auto will do, besides shoot real fast.

Truth told, I'd rather give up my AR than my Suppressor, but given any choice, I'd move!
 

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1. Not giving up your shit.
2. Move to a red state.

Even Better than this is standing up and voicing your opinion against the State goverments blatant attack against the 2A.

"looks like we are losing semi autos and I should get a lever gun" Is going exactly what they want you to do is lay down and quit. Voice your opinion and make it heard. Dont let the government which does not have your best interest in mind speak for you.

Scott
 

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Im being serious, which is unusual:

Slide out rear pin from side of your AR, bend rifle while making a cocking sound, replace rear pin. Liberals will be convinced its a lever action assault rifle. These guys don't know the first thing about how we chose to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
 

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Remove your gas tube.


But f them. Keep your stuff. Buy more. Don’t register a damn thing.

If you register anything plan on them taking it in a few years.
 

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i ran winchester rimfire 22 mag and it was sub moa gun with remington ammo. i am enjoying some of the replies. Been interested in a pistol caliber that could be suppressed. that always sounded fun. just wasnt sure of the functionality.
 

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i ran winchester rimfire 22 mag and it was sub moa gun with remington ammo. i am enjoying some of the replies. Been interested in a pistol caliber that could be suppressed. that always sounded fun. just wasnt sure of the functionality.
.45-70. Big old bullet. Even subsonic a 500gr lump of lead has so much hate to share.
 

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Seeing aside politics for a moment - it may be foolish to think of a lever lever as replacing a modern semi-auto, but they can be a fine compliment in a scenario where the social situation dictates something less "offensive" than a MSR but the tactical situation calls for a modest number of hard-hitting rounds that can be quickly deployed.

And for all the tough talkers who call for resisting a ban - are you really going to openly defy the law by carrying your nicest AR into the woods, or use it as a truck gun where every traffic stop now turns into a potential felony conviction? Probably not; you're going to haul around something less offensive. Something with some walnut, blued steel, and classic lines.

Something like a Savage 99 in .308 with a LPVO ticks quite a few boxes. It's not going to be my first choice for making a road block in a full grid-down SHTF scenario. It does fit behind the seat of a regular-cab truck, it balances well and doesn't have many snag points, and it accommodates proper centerfire cartridges ("proper meaning different things to different people depending upon AO). And shockingly enough, bringing one into a collection doesn't automatically mean giving up every MSR or becoming a cuck to the Powers That Be. It's simply another tool in the kit.

Shit, this has got to be the first time in history where I've seen a majority of forum participants so actively discourage the acquisition of a new gun :LOL:
 

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I've got family in VA, and undoubtedly none of them will comply, and they have my support.

That being said, why immediately drop to a lever action when a Garand is easily accessible, reliable, and can pack a huge punch? Unless the VA law is more draconic than CA, it should qualify.
 

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I've got family in VA, and undoubtedly none of them will comply, and they have my support.

That being said, why immediately drop to a lever action when a Garand is easily accessible, reliable, and can pack a huge punch? Unless the VA law is more draconic than CA, it should qualify.
loong- 43.6 inches in length
heavvvy- 10 lbs
high recoil- 30-06
$$$
hard to mount optics

Those are a few reasons, from a garand owner...
 

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I have a stainless BLR takedown in 308 with a Aimpoint T2 and I love it.

Breaks down easy for travel. Light, maneuverable, accurate and fast follow up shots.

I have killed more pigs here in TX in the last 3 years than I can count with that BLR.

If I road trip, I take it as it meet the criteria for any state's gun laws...even California.

JR
 
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