30-30 Lever Action

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by tomkat, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. tomkat

    tomkat New Member

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    I am looking to buy a used 30-30 lever action (truck gun) but probably not a Winchester. What would be the recommendation of Forum members? Don't want to spend a lot of money.
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    You can find a used Winchester 94 for around $400 and a new Marlin 336 for around $300. I've fired both and handled both, but more so with the Winchester and I have to say I like the Winchester better, because it was the first lever gun I have ever fired. Marlin makes an excellent rifle and I recommend either one of them.
     

  3. colmustard

    colmustard New Member

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    I have a marlin. Love it. Fantastic brush gun.
     
  4. Trez

    Trez Well-Known Member

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    Marlin 336... I think the action is a bit smoother than the Winchesters
     
  5. HOSSFLY

    HOSSFLY New Member

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    MARLIN-
    Try to find one at least 61 1/2 years old :D

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  6. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    The Lovely Mrs and I are happy with our Marlins.
     
  7. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    I like the Marlin because of the side eject. No I don't see a real distinct advantage for it, except that my stepdad is able to mount a scope on the receiver (he's getting older, some of y'all know how that is) but the side eject just LOOKS like a sturdier design to me. But my understanding is that all levers are pretty sturdy, and 30-30 seems to be a great round for brush hunting. I've heard that round has taken more deer than any other caliber in America.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Most popular deer rifle in the US is the Winchester 94 in 30-30, but the second most popular is the Marlin 336- also in 30-30- and that one is my favorite "thutty-thutty". You will find a lot of the carbine length 336's around- the full length rifle does a bit better IMHO, but any of them are a good 200 yard or less deer gun.

    If pickings are slim at your local gun shop, check gunbroker.com, auctionarms.com. Remember that you need to include the cost of shipping, and the fees you will pay to a local ffl to receive the gun for you when you are figuring how much you want to bid. BOTH of those sites have a "find a FFL" feature to let you locate a dealer that will handle transfers.
     
  9. oldman45

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    I would go with an older used Marlin due to the micro groove barrel, the side ejection and better action.

    I would go with the Winchester if you like being hit in the head with hot ejected brass.

    JMHO
     
  10. tomkat

    tomkat New Member

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    Lever Action 30-30

    Many thanks to those of you who posted a reply to my request for information. I really appreciate your responses.
     
  11. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i like the looks of the winchester 94 better, but i like the stronger and smoother action on the marlin 336 better. both are good guns and which ever one you get will serve you well.
     
  12. Snakedriver

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    I've got an old 30-30 Model '94 I inherited from my uncle who was a cowboy up in Colorado back in the 1920's and even though that old rifle is 100 years old now, it still shoots great despite showing signs of its age. The more you use them, the smoother the action gets. :cool:
     
  13. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I'm going with the Marlin but I'm a well known Marlin fan.
     
  14. tomkat

    tomkat New Member

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    Again, I want to thank everyone who offered information to me. I got a really good offer on a Winchester 94 and I bought it. It's just a little rough but it will make a very nice "truck gun". Thanks again.
     
  15. Snakedriver

    Snakedriver New Member

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    As I said earlier, my old '94 is 100 y.o. now and shows a lot of wear and tear from being carried on horseback in a saddle scabbard for years, but despite that it still functions and shoots perfectly. I'm not sure how old they have to get before they are too old. :cool:

    Good luck with your new rifle, post some pictures when you get a chance.
     

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  16. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    snakedriver, i don't think they can ever get too old if taken care of! nice looking gun for it beings as old as it is.
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    tomkat, glad yo found one that you like. i have always liked the looks of the M94. if it is decent shape, it will serve you well. enjoy it.
     
  18. boatme98

    boatme98 New Member

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    Just a word of advice on lever actions. When working the lever, do it like you mean it. Don't baby it or do it too easily. :cool:
     
  19. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    this is where i believe the marlin is better. the action IMO seems smoother than the winchester. and i like the winchester!
     
  20. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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    There's no such thing as too old :) in my opinion, age is character when it comes to guns, furniture, cars and such like that.