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Old 02-12-2017, 10:46 PM
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I have a 357/38spl Revolver and have wanted to buy a Henry 357 steel rifle ever since it came out, but with my retirement income, its out of my price range, as is the Henry 357 mares leg. But I could possibly swing a Rossi. Any comments by those who may have had or have a Rossi mares leg? Also I have seen mares legs call rifles and pistols, which are they?

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Old 02-12-2017, 10:58 PM
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I've seen a couple of them at the Range and they all have had problems. The biggest seems to be ejecting but they also seem to be somewhat hard to open. Just difficult to work the lever because of the size - shortest - of the forearm. Haven't seen any Henrys yet.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:27 AM
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the henry has tubular (pull out tube)magazine BUT the rossi has side receiver (gate loading) like the Winchester
also they have to be registered as a pistol....12" barrol

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Old 02-13-2017, 07:14 AM
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I cannot see the point in Mares Legs. They are very difficult to operate, and they are not cheap for what they are.

They are definitely a novelty item for Steve McQueen/Josh Randall wannabee's.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:02 PM
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I have to agree. I watched some mares leg videos on YouTube and they seem to be troublesome and not very practical, unless you have a lot of snakes crawling around on your yard. So no mares leg.
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Old 02-13-2017, 12:09 PM
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So no mares leg.
I keep a Ruger Vaquero in .45Colt handy when in Snake Country. I load it with homegrown shot cartridges made from .444Marlin brass.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:18 PM
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We live on the edge of town and have a lot of critters coming around looking for food. But haven't seen a snake for years and years. I have a couple guns that would take good care of a snake
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The true mare's legs are lever actions.

I like the idea, but I wanted a semi-auto so I made Charger Shank out of a Ruger Charger.

Here is a thread:
https://www.rimfirecentral.com/forums...light=checksix
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Old 02-14-2017, 08:16 PM
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I have both and they both work great.
Fun to shoot, no jams, no Failures-to-Anything.
NOT hard to operate.
I have not had anyone whom I let try shooting these that didn't smile afterwards.
To each their own.
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Old 02-15-2017, 03:37 PM
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I view the mares leg like a dual purpose motorcycle(not good at any one thing)but makes you smile when you use it.
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Old 02-15-2017, 10:14 PM
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Good luck. I have been looking for a Rossi Ranch Hand (Mares Leg) in 38/357 for two years.

So far...no luck....................44's and 45's are available but no 38/357..

I'm still looking!!!
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Old 02-27-2017, 11:44 PM
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We live on the edge of town and have a lot of critters coming around looking for food. But haven't seen a snake for years and years. I have a couple guns that would take good care of a snake
You'd see a lot less "critters" if you stopped killing all the danged snakes!
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:16 AM
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You'd see a lot less "critters" if you stopped killing all the danged snakes!
Absolutely, but a lot of people have a phobia about snakes. One bullsnake can put a whole herd of cats to shame in the varmint control business.

I've always thought a mare's leg would be fun but not enough fun to spend that much money for one. I wish I knew someone that owned one. Maybe they would let me shoot it to see just what I'm missing.
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Mare's leg

I've been tempted several times to order a Henry mare's leg in .22mag. The lack of a stock probably isn't as big an issue with no recoil to deal with. Operating one is a little different from a regular lever rifle but I've seen several different methods from bringing it back to your chest or leg while cocking to pointing it straight up with the lever sticking out to the side.

You'd also be surprised how well you can shoot from the hip out to 10 yards with a little practice. Which I think is where this setup is the most fun.

Fun fact: The original mare's leg made for the TV series 'Wanted: Dead or Alive' had no iron sights.
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