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Old 05-25-2012, 03:54 PM   #1
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I am thinking I would like to own a lever action, but I am concerned about cleaning and maintenance.

I have heard that you do not want to break some of them down, as they are a problem to get back together.

Are there lever action rifles that are easy to service?

I am mostly looking for an older one, '60's or earlier.

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Old 05-25-2012, 04:09 PM   #2
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Kind of a tough question. Lever actions are generally pretty simple.

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If you are looking at 1960 or earlier it cuts your choices down to only a very few guns. The only real choice is a Marlin 39. Others would be Ithaca 49R, Marlin 56 or 57, Mossberg 400, Noble 275, or the Remington Nylon 76.

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Oops I forgot the Winchester model 1873 in 22 caliber.

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As the folks up there ^^^ said. From the 60s, the most common will likely be the Marlin 39A. The Golden 39A is later production, still good rifle. They have been making them forever, it seems (my grandkids are still shooting the one Mom bought Dad for their first anniversary, back in the days of dinosaurs)

They had black walnut stocks, machined steel, surprisingly accurate. To take one down for cleaning, you unscrew one big thumbscrew (might need to cheat and use a quarter in the slot) and it comes apart.

They are NOT cheap ($500-675, depending on condition) but it will outlast you.

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As the folks up there ^^^ said. From the 60s, the most common will likely be the Marlin 39A. The Golden 39A is later production, still good rifle. They have been making them forever, it seems (my grandkids are still shooting the one Mom bought Dad for their first anniversary, back in the days of dinosaurs)

They had black walnut stocks, machined steel, surprisingly accurate. To take one down for cleaning, you unscrew one big thumbscrew (might need to cheat and use a quarter in the slot) and it comes apart.

They are NOT cheap ($500-675, depending on condition) but it will outlast you.
Hmmm... they don't look very pretty either. But if it works, I don't see what's wrong with buying one. But personally I'd look for a prettier gun if I was to pay that price.
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How about this Win 1873 in .22 short. Its pretty and in this shape maybe only around $5000 or so.

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Hmmm... they don't look very pretty either. But if it works, I don't see what's wrong with buying one. But personally I'd look for a prettier gun if I was to pay that price.

BITE YOUR TONGUE! What could be prettier than these in a rifle?






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Ours is finicky. As far as take down. You may need to keep a few small screwdrivers to momentarily push on a spring during take down. Some pieces can be small, making it easy to mar the finish as you finagle them back into place. But my experience is that the .22 rifle is fairly easy to maintain.

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