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Old 12-22-2013, 05:16 PM   #41
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That's a nice lookin' Marlin^^^
thank you...as said, its my fave rifle. like just about everything about it.
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Is that Marlin Stainless, or plated?

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Is that Marlin Stainless, or plated?
100% stainless steel and solid as a rock. the craftsmanship was way beyond the price i paid imo.

but mine (by my guess) is one of the last few to crank out of the REAL marlin factory. to find one like mine, you will have to seek it in the "previously enjoyed market"...

good news....there should be thousands out there in 30-30 at reasonable prices!

357 is out there too....but you will pay way too much.
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Son bought a Rossi 30/30 a few years ago and for the price it's been a real surprise,a smooth action and not as rattly as a '94 and he's christened it with a few pigs.

I have a Winchester Commemorative 30/30 Buffalo Bill Cody with the octagonal barrel which gets shot occasionally but is more of a safe queen than anything.
If I could find the money and the rifle I'd snap up a 45/70 in a flash or even a 38/55 for pigs.

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now having added a 357 Mag. back into the collection and having rethought lever actions in pistol cartridges, i may be looking for TWO pistol cartridged lever actions now!

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Hmmm, 38 to 10 cents a round is a pretty big drop. I've been interested in reloading, but I'm not sure I shoot enough to justify start-up costs. Seriously JP, we have to go shooting this summer. Sounds like you have a lot of interesting stuff. Whatever happened to that armor you were going to test?
initial costs of the 45colt brass is a bit steep for brass but the pressures are so low i doubt your ever going to wear them out to any real extent. the load cost for 45 colt ESPECIALLY if you cast your own bullets is very close tot he pre-craziness price of 22lr.
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A check at Brownells shows 45 Colt brass at $23 per 100. Doesn't sound too bad to me. That's 23 cents a round in brass, but if you load them 5 times, that drops to 4 1/2 cents a round in brass.

Just out of curiosity; is there a chart or something anywhere that has reloading costs, including equipment purchase costs, and that shows the number of rounds needed to be shot to pay it back and start saving money?

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