Lever guns and revolvers: Perfect Pairs

Gun owners chose their firearms depending on many differing criteria. Size, looks, caliber and so on can all be the deciding reasons why someone selects one model over another. Today I wanted to go over a subject that will help narrow some of the selections and make it easier to pick out your next firearm, or pair of firearms; Lever guns and revolvers.

my Marlin 1894 chambered in 357 magnum and Ruger LCR also chambered in 357 magnum
A handsome pair the Marlin 1894 and Ruger LCR


I have several firearms chambered in the same cartridge, if you are reading this you probably are in the same boat. Having multiple firearms chambered in the same cartridge simplifies a few things for gun owners.

The most obvious way that occurs is through uniformity. Instead of buying ammunition for each individual firearm, you can buy for two or more guns. If you have an AR-type rifle for defense training, and a bolt action varmint gun both chambered in 223 Remington its easy to feed them both from the same box.
Today I want to specifically take that thesis out of your gun room, and into the wide open spaces where your guns are likely to be used.

Paired Up

Identically chambered guns can simplify things when in the field. If you are a cowboy, or perhaps just a modern rancher you might find yourself frequently armed with both a pistol for short work, and a rifle for more significant things.

Having a pistol on your hip is a valuable tool for many of us, but it’s often not enough in big open country. Having a rifle or carbine on your horse or ATV in case a pesky coyote should give you an opportunity can be a lifesaver.

If both of these firearms are chambered in the same cartridge it will simplify and speed up your daily loadout. A .357 Magnum chambered revolver is more than enough for pistol range shots. As well a handy little lever-action rifle chambered in .357 as well is certainly enough for dispatching the occasional errant coyote.

Ammo was courtesy of GunMag Warehouse

A handy little pistol like the Ruger LCR .357 magnum is easily carried and less intrusive for someone with work on their mind. And to go with it, a short and quickly fired lever gun like the Marlin 1894 gives more range and power for things that are beyond pistol distances.

The two of them together make a great pair, giving you options without complicating things with multiple cartridges, magazines and such. Both firearms could also easily shoot .38 Special ammo, to further lighten the load for someone with a job to do.

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A Bigger Set

ruger super redhawk alaskan .44 Magnum
Shooting the Super Redhawk Alaskan in 44 Magnum

Perhaps you don’t live in flat Texas ranch country though. And maybe you have bigger worries than two and four legged coyotes. Suppose you live in the cold north, where bears and wolves roam as freely as you and I. For such an outpost, I think I’d be a little more comfortable with something a bit more stout than a .357.

Keeping the theme of our first pair, I would feel much better with something like a .44 Magnum. The heavy hitting magnum loads carry more energy should you need to defend yourself. Or if you happen to get the opportunity to take a game animal unexpectedly.

I love the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan for this role, its short, robust and carries enough power to kill just about anything. It’s also comfortable as far as big revolvers go, which is a must if its a firearm you intend on having on you at all times.

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winchester 1894 .44 magnum saddle carbine
The Saddle Carbine 1894 in .44 magnum is a blast to shoot

As a companion for the Redhawk, I chose the Winchester 1894 Saddle carbine chambered in the same 44 Magnum. The short and quickly pointed rifle is easily brought along on most any activity where you’d want a rifle. Its easily kept in a vehicle or stashed on an ATV. Whether you are guiding a river fishing trip or cutting firewood the little rifle can provide an extra measure of security. As with the .357, the .44 magnum can be downloaded, or even shot with .44 Special loads for increased economy. Continue Reading Here…


These perfect pairs don’t have to be all wheels and levers, there are other cartridges and firearms that can make a good match as well. It just depends on your specific application for your firearms.

These are just the ones that I thought of, and their convenience as it applies to things. I can see myself doing. As if you didn’t need one, it could always serve the purpose of adding another gun to your collection. With the added benefit of running on the same ammunition as guns you already have in inventory.


If economic and convenient shooting is something you find yourself thinking about, pairing up your firearms may be an easy way to reduce costs and streamline your daily shooting logistics.

Buying fewer differing cartridges in bigger numbers is something we can all appreciate in today’s ammunition market. I suggest you put together your own perfect pair. Or perhaps even a trio of firearms to see if it improves your shooting bottom line.


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