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Old 08-28-2010, 07:27 PM   #1
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I am looking into getting a lever rifle and there are so many choices out there that I cant make up my mind, what do you guys think?

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1) Will be shot for fun only, not used for hunting.
2) It will not be scoped, I usually prefer irons.
3) I would like something that has ammo easily availible at resonable price.
4) I used to have a Marlin 30-30 that I got for under $200 at wallmart, I liked it, what do you all think of this rifle?
5) I dont want another .22 or .17
6) Would like to keep price at $600 or less, less is good.
7) My 90lb woman will be shooting this also, so nothing that will blow her shoulder off.
8) I like the looks of wood stocks, so would prefer wood.
9) The longest ranges that it will be shot at are ~250 yards.


Thanks,
Paul

Edit: Forgot to mention but I am also into old/antique guns so something that is old but still affordable would be nice.

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Old 08-28-2010, 07:48 PM   #2
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If your into old .32-20 would be and excellant choice. If you can find one it will probly be a 94 Win. Another good choie would be a Marlin in .256 Win. mag. For eather of those rounds you would want to load your own as the ammo is hard to find and pricy when you do.
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I do not have the tools or knowhow to load my own rounds, I would prefer something that has either new or surplus ammo readily availible.

Thank you for the response.
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The Marlin 30-30 is a heck of a gun as it offers a cross-block safety. I'd buy the little lady a Marlin 39A if she's sensitive to recoil. This is also a great lever gun.

Another great choice IMHO would be a Henry or similar cowboy action lever rifle in 45LC. This one is becoming very popular with the ladies.
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Thanks for the link cane, I think I have decided on the Marlin. One last question, for sport shooting would I be better off going with the 30-30 or the 45-70? I am guessing the 30-30 will be the cheaper ammo (which is kinda important when you shoot a few hundred rounds at a time) but how do the two rounds compare preformance wise?
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Recoil sensitive, stay away from the 45-70. If you want to see the trajectory of a 45-70, walk out in the yard after a rainstorm, look up. 30-30 can be used with Leverlution ammo, and extend your usable range quite a bit. Ammo for either will be pricy, 45-70 more so (I'm a fine one to talk- have an inherited Winchester 71 in .348 Winchester, ammo is about $75/20!!!)

You may want to look for a .45 Colt, or one of the Marlins in .357 Mag, but they can be pricy.
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90 pound lady? I think if it were me I'd stick to something closer to a .243 or .260

Unless you will opt for a variant.... say, 22-250 or 22 Mag?
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I am looking into getting a lever rifle and there are so many choices out there that I cant make up my mind, what do you guys think?

Points to consider-

1) Will be shot for fun only, not used for hunting.
2) It will not be scoped, I usually prefer irons.
3) I would like something that has ammo easily available at reasonable price.
4) I used to have a Marlin 30-30 that I got for under $200 at wallmart, I liked it, what do you all think of this rifle?
5) I dont want another .22 or .17
6) Would like to keep price at $600 or less, less is good.
7) My 90lb woman will be shooting this also, so nothing that will blow her shoulder off.
8) I like the looks of wood stocks, so would prefer wood.
9) The longest ranges that it will be shot at are ~250 yards.


Thanks,
Paul

Edit: Forgot to mention but I am also into old/antique guns so something that is old but still affordable would be nice.
In all but #s 8 & 9, may I suggest a Red Ryder?

Seriously, I had some horrid experiences with a Marlin 336 once, somehow got an absolute lemon, and never went back to them. Go Winchester, or one of the new clones. Go .357 or .45. Easy for the wife to learn to shoot with, and the ammo is cheaper than the bigger stuff. Consider throwing away the buckhorn sight and having it fitted with a good peep sight at the rear and a fiber optic front sight. Add a sling.
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Marlin 336 is far the best place to start. Ammo is cheap for centerfire rifle stuff. Recoil is not bad (though more than you would think for those little rounds). Accuracy is much better than most Winchesters. A .357 would be sweet, but they cost a lot more than your basic .30-30.
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