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Old 04-20-2012, 05:02 PM   #21
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I would take my 94 over a marlin anyday.
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Old 04-20-2012, 05:49 PM   #22
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I bought a Marlin 336 .30-30 for my son this past Christmas. His mother told him if he earned half the money he could get it.

(I stupidly asked if I could get the same deal, she said, sure you are paying the other half...)

He shot 4 rounds out of it before I declared it unsafe. Big disappointment.

Marlin took it back, had it for 10 weeks.

Now it is a smooth as glass, I am amazed at how well that 13 year old kid can shoot with the iron sights. He can hit the 8" gong 2 out of 3 times at 150 yards. Hell I can't even see it, but I can hear it!

So from a sample size of 1, Marlin has some QC issues, but in the end, its a fine firearm.
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Old 04-20-2012, 06:30 PM   #23
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The most accurate .30-30 rifle i have ever fired is my sons Remington model 788.
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Old 04-20-2012, 11:37 PM   #24
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my uncle had an extremely old savage 340 when I was a kid. its the only bolt action 30-30 ive ever seen and god it was ugly and beat but it was a tack driver at 150 yards. (never got the chance to take it any further than that)
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What was unsafe about it ???????????
If you didn't firmly hold the lever up and locked it wouldn't fire the round. The hammer would drop, click, no boom. So the it appeared the bolt was not fully forward. Not a situation I wanted to have around anyone whom I cared about.

But Marlin made it good. Now I need to learn to reload, I can't get that kid to stop shooting it! He will choose it over the AR15 or the AK47.
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The model 94 is an absolute classic. I have never experienced any problems with the one I bought new in 1973 and still have. It is a lot of fun to shoot. I would never put a scope on one because I like their iron sights. I have never heard anyone say they don't like shooting a Model 94.
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The model 94 is an absolute classic. I have never experienced any problems with the one I bought new in 1973 and still have. It is a lot of fun to shoot. I would never put a scope on one because I like their iron sights. I have never heard anyone say they don't like shooting a Model 94.
Agreed those guns are to good looking to put scopes on
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The most accurate .30-30 rifle i have ever fired is my sons Remington model 788.
I am a big fan of the Remington 788 and was not aware they were ever chambered in 30-30, but sure enough they were. I would be willing to bet not very many 788s were chambered for 30-30 and your son's rifle is somewhat of a collector's item now. The Rem 788 was indeed a very accurate rifle. I have one chambered for .243.

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Marlin rules the roost as far as precision goes...take a look at any SASS/Cowboy shoot and you'll see the top ten using Marlins.
Their barrels have always been what made them more precise...button-rifled...
and the Marlins are built like WW2 Tiger Tanks...tougher than most folks who carry 'em

And Marlin has sold far more lever-actions than Winchester...the numbers are there for anyone to look at.
You want the leader, get a Marlin.
You want a safe queen, get a Winnie.

But that being said, get an older one...pre-2005 for certain,as there were a LOT of disgruntled workers after the initial sale announcement in 2005.
And if you don't like crossbolt safeties, go pre-1992...although there is a nifty conversion which turns the safety into a Saddle Ring holder

I've got a 1952 Marlin 336RC in .30-30
With regular irons its a solid 150-yd shooter, and with Creedmore tang peep up to 500+, no problem.
it is the Perfect deer & hog rifle, it'll take any game in North America, as long as the shooter does their part.
Except the Waffle-top versions, they can all be scoped with ease...since mine is a waffle-top...no scope...
I ain't gonna mess up the value for a scope...especially when my eyes are still good and a peep will do
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Agreed, blue turf.. I love my baby.. It has a bit of a hangup loading where the loading door hangs on the lip of the bullet, not allowing the door to close without really pushing it in there.. but it is easing over time... Keep 'em used and cleaned and they'll treat you well.. ( mine is a 1941 mocked after the 94)
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