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Old 11-25-2012, 10:25 PM   #11
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I love my Marlin 1894 chambered for 357 Magnum. You can use inexpensive 38 Special for plinking. It might not be heavy enough for larger game if that is what you are planning on hunting. I agree with the others that you can't go wrong with the 30-30. Gave my Winchester 94 30-30 to my grandson when he returned from his last Iraq tour.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:54 PM   #12
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On the Win model 94 you can put on a tang peep sight. Or replace the rear sight with a peep style. Or install a side mount peep sight. Or just use the original style sights, though I often replace the front sight with a fiber-optic one.
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Get it in 30-30; you will not regret it.
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In 45-70 I prefer the Mdl. 86 Winchester or Browning. I my case the need is for a short range slammer. A rifle that comes quick off the saddle during dismount. No scopes or slings good wide open iron sights. A bull moose or a grizz may not wait while I choose a sight to use.

The Mdl.86 SRC 45-90 in this rifle.
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I won't claim any sort of expertise, I haven't even taken my Win'94AE hunting yet....
But it is chambered in 30-30 and wears a red dot mounted scout-scope style.
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Damn safeties... should be taken off all guns! Just the word "safe" makes my hair stand up. I was wondering why it was there, now I know, to protect me from myself. Still like a Marlin in 30-30. When age creeps up it sure is nice to be able to use a scope without all kinds of mucking around.
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The Marlins are fine rifles, no doubt.

But I'll take the Winchester every time. The "feel" and balance of the Winchester, and the light, fast handling make it the winner in my book.
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I don't care for the 1894 at all, it feels like a toy. I like the 1892 much better. The .44-40 was taking whitetail before the .30-30 was a thought. Since the ballistics of the .30-30 make it a 150 yard cartridge/ rifle combo in the '94, just get a '92 in .44-40 or .45lc. You'll have a great 100 yard rifle w/ the recoil of a .22lr. JMHO
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Originally Posted by jpattersonnh View Post
Since the ballistics of the .30-30 make it a 150 yard cartridge/ rifle combo
Ridiculous. Even with an outdated bullet design, the 30-30 has 67% more distance before the energy drops to the widely accepted 800ft-lbs for deer.

Using the "ballistics" of the FTX bullet, your distance doubles.
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I use my lever guns for close work. 65 yards is the longest shot I've taken with a levergun.

Marlin 336's in 30-30 with a Weaver 4x32 and 35 Remington with a Bushnell 3-9x40.

And a 1978 Marlin 39A. The 39 will never get a scope, its the greatest 22 on the market... needs no glass.
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