If you are a hunting enthusiast, one firearm that you should have in your collection is a lever-action rifle. These classic American arms have been protecting and providing for families for well over a century. Together with the right rifle accessories, they are still excellent tools for today’s hunters and protectors. Whether you are outfitting for a hunt or planning defensive preparedness, the right gear can help your mission succeed.
Some of these Marlin, Henry, or Rossi 92 lever-action rifle “must have” options include:
- Cartridge Quiver
- Tool-less Lever and Butt Stock Takedown Screws
- Peep Sights or Optics
- Light, Crisp Trigger
- Muzzle Brake or Suppressor
Read ahead to learn more about the rifle accessories for hunting.
Must Have Lever-Action Hunting Rifle Accessories:
Hunting ammunition is intended to deliver accurate, humane kill shots at typical hunting distances. Shooters should first choose a cartridge appropriate to their intended game. The .30-30 Winchester is one of the most common deer cartridges. For larger or more dangerous game, the .444 Marlin and .45-70 Government are excellent choices. The .35 Remington covers a lot of middle ground, while the .357 magnum, .44 magnum, and .45 colt make good choices for both hunting and self defense. The ever popular .22 Long Rifle is great for small game hunting and practice shooting.
Since 1922, Winchester Super-X ammunition “has provided exceptional quality and outstanding performance for all types of hunters and shooters who rely on its time-proven dependability backed by legendary excellence.”
Hornady LeveRevolution ammunition was purpose built in collaboration with Marlin Firearms for lever action rifles. The key to their ammunition innovation and performance is “the patented elastomer Flex Tip® technology of the FTX® and MonoFlex® bullets. Safe to use in tubular magazines, these bullets feature higher ballistic coefficients and deliver dramatically flatter trajectory for increased down range performance.”
Federal’s HammerDown ammunition is also specifically optimized for lever-action rifles and was built in collaboration with Henry Repeating Arms. “The full line of ammunition features molecularly bonded hunting bullets designed with velocities for optimal cycling and overall ballistic performance in lever-action rifles.”
Similar to a leather butt cuff, a cartridge quiver puts additional rounds at your fingertips for re-loading in the field. These cartridge quivers attach to any handguard or tactical butt stock that features the industry standard Magpul M-LOK slots. Fans of Ranger Point's innovative lever gun parts will recognize the same thoughtful approach to product design in their elegantly simple, robust, and practical cartridge quivers. From its proven, proprietary O-ring retention system to its smartly sculpted, protective bullet tip cups, these quivers were designed for lever gunners, by the people who love lever guns best. These six and eight round quivers come in the following calibers:.38 Special/.357 Magnum, .44 Special/.44 Magnum, .444 Marlin, .45-70 government, .45 Colt, .30-30 Winchester, and .35 Remington.
A bipod is very useful for shooting in the field. Most attach easily to a sling stud or M-LOK slot and provide a portable, quickly deployed steady rest. This minimizes barrel movement and helps ensure greater accuracy. While some lever action rifle hunters like to stalk in the woods and shoot off the shoulder, many use a bipod when setting up in a stationary position.
A rangefinder is considered one of the most important hunting rifle accessories. This instrument helps you quickly and accurately determine your distance to target, allowing you to adjust your aim precisely for bullet drop. Rangefinders are typically very compact, and easily field portable.
Quick Takedown Screws, Cleaning Kit
It is advisable to purchase a cleaning kit and clean your rifle after every use. This minimizes the risk of mechanical malfunctions or poor accuracy. A good quality cleaning kit will include all essentials such as solvent, cloth patches, jag tips, and wire brushes needed for cleaning your hunting rifle. Oversized, tool-less lever takedown screws ease these maintenance tasks while providing a means of clearing malfunctions in the field or sighting in at the range. Takedown screws are also handy for swapping out levers to suit conditions as you move through seasons or into and out of competition. Ranger Point’s large diameter, six point screws provide a non-slip grasp during installation and removal. Replaces the original, factory lever screw without alteration.
Similarly, a tool-less, quick takedown butt stock screw helps you break down your rifle quickly for compact storage and transport. A good takedown rifle may perhaps be one of the greatest tools in your arsenal of survival gear: It provides personal defense, the ability to hunt and take meat, it’s compact and typically lightweight, and it conceals when not in use.
Peep Sights or Optics
Our Cloverleaf Peep Sights are the lever-action rifle aiming system that is fast, rugged, accurate and reliable. Options abound on these sights; one can have the bases in brass bar stock or black or clear 7075 aluminum. The cloverleaf spring comes with fiber optic dots on the sides for a three dot setup, or one can even have a round aperture if the cloverleaf doesn’t suit. The aperture itself is protected on the sides by some substantial sight base wings. It is fully adjustable for windage and elevation. Set screws on the top and right-hand side facilitate these adjustments to the sight spring within the base.
While many like the peace of mind that comes with rugged iron sights, we’re seeing more and more lever action shooters choosing red dot optics and low power rifles scopes. This is especially the case when suppressors are employed, since they’re so tall as to make the front sight unusable. In typical woods hunting, or self defense scenarios, speed of target acquisition is more important than extended range, so red dots are perfect. For more open areas where one might take a shot beyond 100yds, a low power variable rifle scope is a great choice, and will help retain the light sleek design of your lever gun.
These are essential for carrying your hunting rifle around in the woods. Properly employed, a sling can also steady the rifle when shooting offhand. Most lever action rifles come with sling studs, but also rifle accessories like the Ranger Point M-LOK forend and modstock provide numerous sling attachment options that allow rapid reconfiguring of your sling for different scenarios, from passive carry to tactical deployment.
Crisp, Light Trigger
A crisp trigger is a hunting rifle “must have” that helps you shoot with greater accuracy. Marlin and Henry lever guns are great rifles, but like many factory firearms, they have rather heavy trigger pulls. Marlins also have a two piece trigger that is infamous for its “flop,” which doesn’t affect pull, but does bother many. An optimized trigger can improve your shooting by affording a light, crisp, and predictable trigger break that minimizes gun movement. Flatter and serrated faces and color options such as a Marlin 30-30 gold trigger or green or red can deliver fashion and function at the same time.
Muzzle Brake & Suppressors
A muzzle brake can dramatically reduce felt recoil. While not always employed in the field, they are great for making your rifle more comfortable in the field or during practice sessions. This is especially helpful with the big bore lever action rifles chambered in .444 Marlin, .45-70 Government, and .450 Marlin, which can deliver massive recoil to your shoulder. The stainless muzzle brake is designed to be a slim, flush fit, and aggressive rifle brake that works especially well to reduce felt recoil and muzzle flash.
Suppressors are also a terrific option, since they provide exceptional hearing protection. As more lever guns are coming threaded from the factory, suppressors have become more popular, and there are a number of great suppressor options from companies like SilencerCo, Dead Air, JK Armament, Rex Silentium, and Witt Machine, to name a few.
A Magpul AFG-2 vertical angled foregrip is a useful accessory that helps improve the stability of your lever action hunting rifle. It attaches to your M-LOK aluminum forearm and provides a better grip for shooting. “By positioning the shooter's hand high on the centerline of the bore, unlike conventional vertical fore grips, the AFG-2 helps mitigate recoil and control the weapon to facilitate faster, more accurate follow-up shots.”This is especially helpful when shooting in cold weather conditions or when you are targeting moving targets.
To ensure that your lever-action hunting rifle accessories are suitable for your firearm, it is best to purchase them from a reputed manufacturer. It is also advisable to go through customer reviews before finalizing your product choices. This ensures that you buy rifle accessories that are actually useful for your gun!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the back part of a rifle called?
The back part of a rifle is called the buttstock. This is the portion of the gun that rests against your shoulder when you're firing it. The buttstock provides stability and helps you control the recoil of the rifle.
Are lever action rifles good for deer hunting?
Yes, lever action rifles are definitely good for deer hunting. They're powerful and accurate, and they can be used in a variety of different situations.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is that lever action rifles are best suited for medium to large game. So if you're planning on hunting deer, you'll want to make sure that you choose a rifle caliber that's appropriate for the size of the animal you're targeting.
What is the best caliber for deer hunting?
A good caliber for deer hunting with a lever action rifle would be something like .30-30 Winchester or .35 Remington. These calibers are reasonably powerful while still being manageable and relatively easy to use.