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mattbatson 12-09-2008 09:08 PM

Lever action scout
Okay, I'm planning on building my own scout rifle since the savage scout is on indefinite backorder.
I am going to build a lever action with forward mount pistol scope (have to get a gunsmith to mount this for me)/ghost ring and front post as backup. I love levers for their speed and light weight.
I'm thinking this will make a great hunting, truck, defense, etc. gun.

As I live in florida, most shots will be within 100 yards.

So, there are a few items to iron out before going out and picking one up.
1. What caliber: I was thinking 30-30 as it is a nice do anything round. But, I'm also thinking 44 mag. Why 44? Well, from what I understand I could shoot the same ammo in a 44 revolver, thus combining my weapons systems somewhat. A 44 revolver would be fine for hunting or home defense also.
I plan to reload, so pretty much everything would be the same except for overall length.

2. Brand of rifle. Obviously if I choose to go with a 44, this is limits the number of makes chambered in this round.

3. Buy it from a big box store? I understand the stocks can be cheaper with the big box stores, but with a lever action I'm not sure if this matters?
I've seen 30-30's at Gander for 300 bucks.


CA357 12-10-2008 02:57 AM

A .44 Marlin will get the job done. Ammo compatibility with a handgun is a natural and the .44 mag will give you decent punch at 100yds..

I believe that a scout scope mount is available and simple to install. I think it's called something like a Leverscout or something similar. I'm sure a google search would turn it up.

ranger_sxt 12-10-2008 03:00 PM

The only Scout Mount I've been able to find for a Lever-Gun.

CA357 12-10-2008 03:30 PM

That's the one I was thinking of. It's the second one, the XS Lever Scout mount.

What do you think?

mattbatson 12-10-2008 04:00 PM

I like that xs system.
AO also makes one.
Have you tried the xs did you like it?

CA357 12-10-2008 04:09 PM

I haven't used it. I no longer have any lever guns, but I really enjoyed them. I had two Marlins, an 1895 Ltd 45-70 and an 1894 .357. The .357 had an outstanding Williams peepsight on it.

I've pared down to the basics and a lever didn't fit into what I was trying to do.

robocop10mm 12-10-2008 05:08 PM

AO (Ashley Outdoors) changed their name to XS. Some sort of a legal hassle with someone who also claimed the former name.

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