I've wanted a 30-30 for some time. I have other rifles and sole my .243 last summer. The last time I had one in my hands was about 20 years ago or so. My father-in-law loaned me his 30-30 Winchester that he had bought new in 1941 and had never gotten a deer with. My first time out, I drilled one. I was using the old style lead rounds. It knocked that deer down quick and I enjoyed some great venison. He took the rifle back and gave it to his son when he died. Now I'm back in the 30-30 business and I feel good.
My first experience with a Marlin lever action was back in about 1958 or 57 when my to-be-brother-in-law bought his father a Marlin in .35 Remington for Christmas. That was when you could buy one on lay-away at the hardware store. Good times and a good rifle. I never did get to shoot it, but held it and liked it.
I can't wait to try some of the lever revolution rounds in it.