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Old 11-29-2010, 12:05 AM   #11
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Try a savage m99,excellent white tail slayer.plus it has that cool/nastalgia(sp?)factor
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Tastes great, less filling. Some like chocolate, some like strawberry, some like Glocks. Non gustibus disputandum (Gus missed the bus, dummy)

However, the most popular deer rifles in the US- #1. Winchester 94 in 30-30 #2. Marlin 336 in 30-30.

Would they be my first choice for a 400 yd shot on a Dall sheep? Nope. Hunting in pine woods with honeysuckle thickets? Yep.

And while I would not take it to any matches, my Marlin 39A does a number on squirrels. As far as power, I inherited my uncle's Winchester 71 in .348 Winchester. It will drop anything on this half of the earth.
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the lever action came first into the world. Then, as is usual with mechanical design, the concept of the repeater was greatly simplified and parts were integrated, resulting in the bolt action. (there-- decades of history in two sentances)

there are several good reasons to own a lever gun: 1. They're cool. 2. They're handy and fun. 3. You want one. 4. Someone gave you one. And mostly, 5. They're really cool. Then there's 6. They look great on the wall, and 7. You look great carying one, and 8. They look really sharp in the gun rack in the back window of your old rusty pickup.

(now i wonder why i have only one lever gun)
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Don't overlook the Browning lever action guns if you're shopping around. I sold a lot of them and had no dissatified customers.
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The main draw back for a lever from a military standpoint was in prone shooting. Also at the time of the shift to bolt, the levers were not up to the high pressures of the bolt loads. Soldiers trained on the bolt made it popular just as the returning soldiers of today made the AR platform popular. The Savage 99, Browning BLR and Marlin are capable of high power loads. All 3 are accurate enough for general hunting. Check out the 338 Marlin Express for one.
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cant say ......never owned a bolt rifle . ive got 2 levers a marlin 336 texan 30-30 with a k-4 weaver .will touch same hole at 100yrds ...shoots into 3.5 inches at 200yrds. browning blr long action 30-06 with a simmons pro hunter 3x9 shoots 2 inch groups at 300yrds all day . my new rifle is a remington 7600 tactical pump .308 with a nikon prostaff 3x9 with a trigger job 3.5 lb , shoots 1.5 inches at 200yrds ...''.bolt ''idont need no stinkin'' bolt ''
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The main draw back for a lever from a military standpoint was in prone shooting. Also at the time of the shift to bolt, the levers were not up to the high pressures of the bolt loads. Soldiers trained on the bolt made it popular just as the returning soldiers of today made the AR platform popular. The Savage 99, Browning BLR and Marlin are capable of high power loads. All 3 are accurate enough for general hunting. Check out the 338 Marlin Express for one.

The Russians liked them!
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So did Teddy Roosevelt.
I had to sell off almost all my guns one time thanks to political maneuvering taking away my job and any chance of getting one in the area I lived. Among them were several levers. I was at least able to sell my house at 1/3 of what it was worth before the interferance. My wife and I built that house and owned it free and clear or we would have lost it to the bank. I had to carry the note to sell it to a postal worker. 27% unemployment(official rate real was close 50%) and whole shopping centers were shutting down. Divorce rate through the roof and people were just walking away from their houses. Not a fun time and I had to start all over again. A lot of people did. Ask me why I dont trust the goverment.
Sorry for the rant but every time I think about it I get mad and it was 30 years ago.
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Bolt advantage-longer range calibers,lever advantage-fast shooting for defense like against a bear,and I prefer a lever's external hammer and half cock setup,seems safer to me to see your hammer.
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One other quick thought regarding the lever rifles. Is ammunition restriction regarding they load from a magazine tube. Unless you have ammunition like the new Hornady Soft Point that was made with the lever rifle in mind you can not have pointed projectiles they must be round nose for the biggest part. As was stated for heavy woods and brush guns they are the best due to closer shots and they are compact. I like the lever guns also since I have a Marlin as well as a 94 Winchester and one of my favorites a Marlin 39-A 22 cal. rifle. Just a consideration when it comes to ammunition and improved ballistics the boat tailed bullets and various others afford. I think the new Hornady rounds are great when it comes to the levers.
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