I have only owned 1 previously, and it was an 1894c pre-safety model in .357mag. I should have kept it, because it was an amazing rifle (in my opinion, anyway.) I'm looking to pick up another rifle now, and I'm undecided on what I want. I DO know I want it in .357mag/38spl, but other than that, no real requirements. I LIKE stainless, but not a requirement, same goes for the laminate stocks. They're cool, but I can deal with plain wood. I don't know if I care about barrel length, as it will just be a back yard shooter anyway, never more than 100 yards. I remember reading somewhere about one of the manufacturers losing some serious quality, but I don't know who it was, but on the same note, I'm not looking to buy a $1,000 rifle. (Sorry Henry) I'm looking for recommendations on a new (or used) lever gun in the $400-$600 range and want some opinions! What should I be looking for, what should I avoid, and why?