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tomkat 10-01-2011 03:24 PM

30-30 Lever Action
I am looking to buy a used 30-30 lever action (truck gun) but probably not a Winchester. What would be the recommendation of Forum members? Don't want to spend a lot of money.

Firearms4ever 10-01-2011 03:34 PM

You can find a used Winchester 94 for around $400 and a new Marlin 336 for around $300. I've fired both and handled both, but more so with the Winchester and I have to say I like the Winchester better, because it was the first lever gun I have ever fired. Marlin makes an excellent rifle and I recommend either one of them.

colmustard 10-01-2011 03:42 PM

I have a marlin. Love it. Fantastic brush gun.

Trez 10-01-2011 04:03 PM

Marlin 336... I think the action is a bit smoother than the Winchesters

HOSSFLY 10-01-2011 04:50 PM

Try to find one at least 61 1/2 years old :D

freefall 10-01-2011 05:21 PM

The Lovely Mrs and I are happy with our Marlins.

trip286 10-01-2011 05:28 PM

I like the Marlin because of the side eject. No I don't see a real distinct advantage for it, except that my stepdad is able to mount a scope on the receiver (he's getting older, some of y'all know how that is) but the side eject just LOOKS like a sturdier design to me. But my understanding is that all levers are pretty sturdy, and 30-30 seems to be a great round for brush hunting. I've heard that round has taken more deer than any other caliber in America.

c3shooter 10-01-2011 05:34 PM

Most popular deer rifle in the US is the Winchester 94 in 30-30, but the second most popular is the Marlin 336- also in 30-30- and that one is my favorite "thutty-thutty". You will find a lot of the carbine length 336's around- the full length rifle does a bit better IMHO, but any of them are a good 200 yard or less deer gun.

If pickings are slim at your local gun shop, check, Remember that you need to include the cost of shipping, and the fees you will pay to a local ffl to receive the gun for you when you are figuring how much you want to bid. BOTH of those sites have a "find a FFL" feature to let you locate a dealer that will handle transfers.

oldman45 10-01-2011 08:20 PM

I would go with an older used Marlin due to the micro groove barrel, the side ejection and better action.

I would go with the Winchester if you like being hit in the head with hot ejected brass.


tomkat 10-01-2011 10:52 PM

Lever Action 30-30
Many thanks to those of you who posted a reply to my request for information. I really appreciate your responses.

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