Best Caliber to use with a Lever action

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  1. APSurvival

    APSurvival New Member

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    Hello

    I am looking to purchase my first Lever action but I'm stuck trying to figure out what caliber to get it in. I'm looking to spend under 500.00 and I have been looking at a few Marlins because I've heard good things about them.

    Can anyone help?

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  2. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    I have Brownings, Savage 99, Marlins and Winchesters. For a rough use lever gun I would take the Mdl. 94 30-30 Winchester. They are flatter lighter and with a good quality rear peep they are very reliable. The rimmed weak 30 WCF case can and does jam in any lever gun. The Winchesters open top action allows the use of a hunting knife to remove stuborn ammo. Try to clear the closed Marlin from the side is much more difficult. The Mdl. 94 can be flushed clean of snow mud or sand than the round bolt closed Marlin. There is a reason the Winchester is the choice of Rocky Mtn. back country folks.:)
     

  3. DrumJunkie

    DrumJunkie New Member

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    I love my Winchester 94 and the 30 30 round in general.I've had Marlins and other than the ease of scope mounting I see no real plus. But where I would use a lever rifle is in places where shots over 150 yds is pretty uncommon here in the hills of Ky. So really glass does not mean much to me at those distances. Plus that's just something else to hang in the brush. With the Hornady lever Evolution ammo my old Winchester works even better. Truth be told I've had no issue with any Marlin lever rifle though feeding or otherwise. I just prefer the way the Winchester feels. They seem a little thinner on the forearm and that feels better to me. I do think the Winchesters action is more smooth. Either the Winchester or the Marlin come in under the 500.00 mark. The pre 64 94's are a little higher than the post 64 models.

    Had a 44 mag Marlin 1894 that I really liked for a while. It's a pretty good round for a lever rifle too.
     
  4. WhelanLad

    WhelanLad New Member

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    The thutty thutty is the most common an reliable lever cart'dge .... its been killin stuff for generations.

    other popular ones here in Aus are 45-70, 357 and 44mag .
    if you reload the options are a bit broader as ammo availability isnt such a restrictor.
    i love my 94 .375win an a 444marlin would of been cool also.
     
  5. hiwall

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    Or get a lever .22. In a centerfire rifle my vote would also be for the Winchester. In 30-30 naturally.
     
  6. SSGN_Doc

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    I prefer the Marlin. I've never had feed or extraction issues. Accuracy has been better than I've gotten out of '94 Winchesters. Stripping for maintenance is easier with the Marlin.
     
  7. thdrduck

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    The one plus with Marlin is they offer models with a cross bolt safety in addition to the half cock. I have a 336 and really like the safety for still hunting.
     
  8. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Since you don't need the gun/have no particular use for it as evidenced by your not answering the first gun-related question to answer first, get a Browning .22 lever. Better yet -- a .22 Mag. Maybe a Marlin. Maybe a Henry!? Winchester went out of business for a reason. Just stay away from the Ruger .22/96 lever.
     
  9. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    Winchester out of Biz? They have been making Winchesters for a 150 years and they are still being made. Many products have changed ownership and location over time. The Winchester Mdl. 94 30-30 is still being made.

    As for changes I can not imagine needing a safety on a Lever Action rifle. But we have new shooters today who are not well trained in gun handling. They must be protected against themselves.:rolleyes:
     
  10. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    my preference is a marlin in 45-70. i may get one in 45colt at some point

    i love the cross bolt safety on my marlin. i can activate it and lower the hammer safely then deactivate so all it needs at that point is a good thumb cocking. if you really cant stand the thought of it its easily removable and there are blanks that can pug the holes.

    i vastly prefer the side eject over the top eject. ive got a xs sight rail i put on mine. it greatly increased the sight radius which is a great thing and lets me use a qd scope mount and still have readily accessed iron sights.

    ignore the acog

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    you cant really do that with a top eject. you pretty much stuck with factory leaf and blade sights.
     
  11. redscho

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    I love my Marlin 1894 chambered for 357 Magnum. You can use inexpensive 38 Special for plinking. It might not be heavy enough for larger game if that is what you are planning on hunting. I agree with the others that you can't go wrong with the 30-30. Gave my Winchester 94 30-30 to my grandson when he returned from his last Iraq tour.
     

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  12. hiwall

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    On the Win model 94 you can put on a tang peep sight. Or replace the rear sight with a peep style. Or install a side mount peep sight. Or just use the original style sights, though I often replace the front sight with a fiber-optic one.
     
  13. The_Kid

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    Get it in 30-30; you will not regret it.
     
  14. nitestalker

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    In 45-70 I prefer the Mdl. 86 Winchester or Browning. I my case the need is for a short range slammer. A rifle that comes quick off the saddle during dismount. No scopes or slings good wide open iron sights. A bull moose or a grizz may not wait while I choose a sight to use. ;)


    The Mdl.86 SRC 45-90 in this rifle.
     

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  15. I won't claim any sort of expertise, I haven't even taken my Win'94AE hunting yet....
    But it is chambered in 30-30 and wears a red dot mounted scout-scope style.
     
  16. thdrduck

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    Damn safeties... should be taken off all guns! Just the word "safe" makes my hair stand up. I was wondering why it was there, now I know, to protect me from myself.:p Still like a Marlin in 30-30. When age creeps up it sure is nice to be able to use a scope without all kinds of mucking around.
     
  17. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The Marlins are fine rifles, no doubt.

    But I'll take the Winchester every time. The "feel" and balance of the Winchester, and the light, fast handling make it the winner in my book.
     
  18. jpattersonnh

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    I don't care for the 1894 at all, it feels like a toy. I like the 1892 much better. The .44-40 was taking whitetail before the .30-30 was a thought. Since the ballistics of the .30-30 make it a 150 yard cartridge/ rifle combo in the '94, just get a '92 in .44-40 or .45lc. You'll have a great 100 yard rifle w/ the recoil of a .22lr. JMHO
     
  19. The_Kid

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    Ridiculous. Even with an outdated bullet design, the 30-30 has 67% more distance before the energy drops to the widely accepted 800ft-lbs for deer.

    Using the "ballistics" of the FTX bullet, your distance doubles.
     
  20. willfully armed

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    I use my lever guns for close work. 65 yards is the longest shot I've taken with a levergun.

    Marlin 336's in 30-30 with a Weaver 4x32 and 35 Remington with a Bushnell 3-9x40.

    And a 1978 Marlin 39A. The 39 will never get a scope, its the greatest 22 on the market... needs no glass.
     
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