Help buying a Leverguns

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by fatmidgets, Nov 9, 2011.

  1. fatmidgets

    fatmidgets New Member

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    Are leverguns good for target practice? And any recommendations for a first time buyer looking to purchase one?
     
  2. Firearms4ever

    Firearms4ever New Member

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    Lever action rifles can be for mostly anything hunting, plinking, and so on. Do you have a particular caliber in mind?
     

  3. fatmidgets

    fatmidgets New Member

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    Probably a 30-30.
     
  4. Firearms4ever

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    In that case I recommend the Winchester model 1894 or the Marlin 336.
     
  5. Muliemaster

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    Yes try the winchester model 94 or the marlin 336 the marlin comes in several calibers from a 22 to a 45/70
     
  6. RevDerb

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    I have lever guns in .22 (Henry), .30-30, 35 Rem, & 444 Marlin (Marlins) and they are all great fun to shoot/hunt with. I own only lever guns now although I've had a number of bolt actions in the past. Marlins are much less complicated to work on than the Winchesters. My first lever gun was a Winchester and will undoubtedly own another.
     
  7. Jeepergeo

    Jeepergeo New Member

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    The Browning 22LR lever action is a sweet gun, both looks and shooting.
     
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    If you are looking for a 30-30 you won't find a better weapon than a Marlin 336.
     
  9. Muliemaster

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    Fully agree the 336 is the killer of the 94
     
  10. tomingreeneco

    tomingreeneco New Member

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    If you do not want a .22 I would recommend one in the pistol calibers. The ammo is less expensive both new and to reload. The .357 mag and .44 mag can match most 30-30 loads if you reload. A plus is if you own a pistol in the same caliber one size fits all.
     
  11. DrumJunkie

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    I have a 94 Winchester in 30-30 and a Marlin 1894 in 44 mag. Both are fantastic. I had a couple marlin 336's but got the Winchester and didn't see a need for more than one 30 30. Very good rifles though. It's easier to get optics on a Marlin being Winchesters penchant for top eject. I don't use glass on a lever rifle so it's never been an issue for me.
     
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  12. Muliemaster

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    In no way shape or form does either 357 nor 44mag match that of a 30-30 a44 mag at 50 yards velocity is 1365 with a 180 grain an the energy is only745 ft lbs while the 30-30 at 100 yards velocity for a 160 grain is at 2156 fps an has 1643 foot lbs so not even close by any means the 357 is less than the 44 not the match u were talkin about
     
  13. fatmidgets

    fatmidgets New Member

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    My only problem with the 336 is it has a short barrel. I would like something around the 22-24" area.
     
  14. Firearms4ever

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    You can get the Marlin 336 XLR which has a 24 inch barrel. The other 336's either have a 20 inch barrel or 18 inch barrel.
     
  15. Firearms4ever

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    Actually you can get an AE Winchester 1894, which means it has an Angle Ejecting system, so instead of the cartridges being ejected straight up and out they're ejected at an angle to allow clearance for a scope.
     
  16. Muliemaster

    Muliemaster New Member

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    Well the marlin 336xlr has a 24 inch barrel
     
  17. therewolf

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    WallyMart sells a .22(short,long & LR combo) Henry for 300$. It's great fun

    for the whole family, and accurate.

    I have a Marlin 1894 in .44 Rem Mag, it's got a drop-dead gorgeous Black

    Walnut stock. The longer barrel increases the

    muzzle velocity @35% over the same round in a pistol.

    What I'd do- find really nice furniture, pick your favorite caliber and

    barrel length, and stay with good name brands. There are a lot of great

    lever actions out there.

    And consider a Holographic Reflex sight for any pistol round lever gun.

    They're fast on target, easy to zero, and very accurate to 100 yards...
     
  18. HOSSFLY

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    Mine has a 24" barrel :)
    Course it was made in 1950 :D

    [​IMG]
     
  19. gutz47

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    I say winchester 94. But that's because I have one and love it. Never even held the marlin counterpart, but I hear great things.
     
  20. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    To me, those are one of the goofiest looking levers out there.....yet somehow I still want one. :D