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Old 11-18-2011, 04:21 AM   #1
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Recently fell in love with my grandpas old Winchester 3030 model 94 and am looking to pick up something similar for myself. I don't neccesarily care if it's the same caliber/gun, but what I loved about it is what I'm looking for, and that's simple... Lever action.

What I'm most interested in is a better understanding of the differences between alike rifles.

- 308 (seems most popular, but least likely to have lever action)
- 3030 (makers I've found being Winchester, Marlin, and Mossberg)
- 243 (lower cal but just as much bang with more range)

Does this sum it up? Any others you guys can think of and recommend. The more the explanation the better, as I want to know not just what to look for, but also why.

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Old 11-18-2011, 04:31 AM   #2
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If it were me I lean toward the .243 chambering or the .270... I have had seen 30-30 shots that seemed to leave a lot to be desired... I am not saying one is better than another or that the 30-30 is inadequate but my experiences with this caliber have left me cold to it... I took my first deer this year (hunting since 98, shooting well only a few months...)... It was an 8 point buck that weighed in around 165 pounds field dressed... The 80 grain soft point bullet from my Winchester .243 dropped in where it stood... I was concerned about the animal suffering but it was almost over before it began! I too am somewhat interested in a lever action rifle but I found a .44mag I think I like...

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Depends on what you want to do with the rifle. Deer hunt at 150 yards? Target shoot at 500?

The Winchester 94 in 30-30 is the most popular deer rifle in the US. I would prefer a marlin 336 in 30-30 (side eject, and, IMHO, better built) Henry also makes a nice lever action.

.243 is a necked down .308. Less recoil, great accuracy, lot of bolt action and semi-autos out there. .308, more power, greater range.

Tastes great, less filling. You pays your money, and takes your pick.

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The Savage Mdl 99 is a handy lever action rifle. I have purchased used ones chambered for the 300 Savage and 308 Winchester rounds. I now am looking for 243 Win and 284 Win chambered 99 rifles.

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As in lever action with iron sights, or scoped?

My Marlin .44 is punchier, for close range(max~~150 yards). But with

the side ejection I mounted a 1X(no magnification) holographic sight, which is quick on target.

If you go with a higher powered round, you'll probably want

a scope with magnification to enhance your calibers ability to reach out, which limits you to

Marlins, and few others.

IF you're shooting close-150 yards or less, you might want to consider the

benefits of a magnum pistol round, (.357 or .44 ) and perhaps iron or a holographic

sight. After ~ 175 yards you're wanting a rifle round, anyway.

.308 levers are, IIRC "308 Winchester", a similar but not exact .308(762x51) round.

Costlier, harder to find special ammo, rather than the more convenient .308 standard.

IMO, any rifle round, such as 30-30, . 243, 30-06,etc. deserves to be scoped to

get the range made possible by the much more powerful caliber.

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Since you already have access to a 30-30 I'd go for a Marlin in 44mag, 45LC, 444 or even 357 mag
Exspect to pay more for the Marlin but trust me, its worth it - The Winchesters really dont like the pistol calibers

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Since you already have access to a 30-30 I'd go for a Marlin in 44mag, 45LC, 444 or even 357 mag
Exspect to pay more for the Marlin but trust me, its worth it - The Winchesters really dont like the pistol calibers
Yeah, what he said, plus the Black Walnut stocks on the

Marlins are second to none.

It's the reason I bought my Marlin in the first place.

I'd already decided on a caliber, then I saw the wood grain in

the stock.
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Like Hossfly said, you might want to take a look at a Marlin chambered in .44 Magnum, .357 Magnum, .45 Long Colt, 30-30, or even a Marlin in 45-70 Government. If you want to go with a Winchester in a pistol caliber then I recommend taking a look at Uberti's replicas of the Winchester 1873 and the Winchester 1892 in all the previous pistol cartridges mentioned and also to add the 44-40 WCF.

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I would also suggest looking into one chambered for one of the pistol rounds (.44 mag - .357 mag) and if you do not have a pistol of the same caliber look into that next. I personally would never put a scope on a lever gun. Just does not look "right" in my opinion. Get a bolt action if you want a scope. Most deer shot in my neck of the woods is under 50 yards, so a scope is not necessary. The pistol rounds are less expensive to practice with (new or re-load) so if you shoot a lot keep that in mind. I have a .357 in both and shoot about 300-400 rounds a week, so it adds up.

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I would also suggest looking into one chambered for one of the pistol rounds (.44 mag - .357 mag) and if you do not have a pistol of the same caliber look into that next. I personally would never put a scope on a lever gun. Just does not look "right" in my opinion. Get a bolt action if you want a scope. Most deer shot in my neck of the woods is under 50 yards, so a scope is not necessary. The pistol rounds are less expensive to practice with (new or re-load) so if you shoot a lot keep that in mind. I have a .357 in both and shoot about 300-400 rounds a week, so it adds up.
I think if you'd try a holographic reflex sight on a .44 or .357 lever,

you'd change your mind real quick. It turned my Marlin .44 from

"middle of the pack" accuracy to the most accurate carbine

I've got. They're easy to zero, fast on target, and a quantum leap

in accuracy over iron sights.
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