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Old 12-22-2012, 02:00 PM   #11
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Hard to believe but a 357 Marlin SS used just sold for $2,225 on Gun Broker!!! The 44 Mags are not quite as expensive, but they are up there.
The blued ones for $700 to $900!
If you want a good John Wayne Assault Rifle get a Marlin 336 in 30-30! Both the rifle and the ammo are 'affordable'!
That's one of the reasons I'm open to other manufacturers. A few years ago the only logical answer was marlin, but recent quality issues and some other companies stepping up their game have me looking elsewhere. But I don't want to spend more than $500-600 on a good solid gun that might get used hard and carried through some nasty stuff.
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Well sounds like you have it covered from what you need in a lever already.But just want another gun. Nothing wrong with that. The 45-70 pretty much speaks for itself having been around many years and in recent years rifles built a little beefier can handle some more powerful loads.
I would go with a 45-70 personaly since it leaves behind a 35 remington or a 44 magnum in performance. Should you decide to go hunt elk in large bear territory etc you have a caliber that will put a serious hurting on any thing on most of the planet but dont tear meat up for hunting smaller game.
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That BLR in .308 is a fairly sweet (albeit expensive) all-around rifle, especially with take-down capability, a removeable box magazine (5 rounds in .308 I believe), and the Scout Scope Mount they have for it. Cheap and universal cartridge in North America.

Otherwise, the .30-30 in some other gun I'd say.
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Old 12-22-2012, 03:47 PM   #14
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I've been drooling on a Henry Big Boy in .44 mag for a while now. Its purpose is the same as you describe. Deer hunting thickets. I live in a PCR state so the dirty tirdy and 308 are not options...altho i have .35 rems in pump action and 30-06 in semi.

It may come home to roost this spring....but with all the hoopla right now...i may end up with a couple lowers, some threaded barrels and 30 rd mags....
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Winchester or marlin in .30-30.
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Well if you already have a .30-06 for hunting and there is a 336 available to you in .35 Rem and you admit you are really just looking for justification. Don't worry about what we think a d pick up what you want. A .44 would make a mice companion for the handgun you already have.

For thick swampy woods hunting I like the handiness of the 336 but I opted for .30-30 because its enough gun, ammo is affordable, easy to find and not punishing to shoot.

Like I said though, sometimes it's just about what you want.
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Yeah, I guess its more about something I really want. Not sure if I should look for the Marlin, or if the new Rossi would be just as good at a slightly less expensive price point. I'm leaning towards finding an older Marlin since my family has always been a Marlin family.
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Yeah, I guess its more about something I really want. Not sure if I should look for the Marlin, or if the new Rossi would be just as good at a slightly less expensive price point. I'm leaning towards finding an older Marlin since my family has always been a Marlin family.
No No No!!!! Gert the Marlin.
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I've got a line on a marlin 45-70 that I may jump on if the price is right.
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I've got a line on a marlin 45-70 that I may jump on if the price is right.
IMHO regardless of Cal.....go AMERICAN or GO HOME!

A.k.a. Henry, marlin...NO rossi!
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