I'm getting the itch

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by jimogden1984, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

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    I'm getting an itch for a lever gun, never had one and have one shot a couple but that was a long time ago. definitely thinking used is the way to go for me. I can't put my finger on it but the newer lever guns just don't have the same appeal. thinking probably 3030 but also one in 38/357 would be an option. 4570 would top the list if it wasn't for ammo prices. The main reason 38/357 is a consideration is I'm also thinking it's getting close to time for a new wheel gun, I've had a 357 before and that's what I'll likely get again. I don't know a lot about them but always wanted one and its getting about time I have one. Will be used mostly for range fun but also deer hunting maybe (I know it's a sin but I've never been deer hunting and that needs to change). What would you guys recommend I look at? How is 357 on deer and in brush? advantage on 3030 over 357? and what guns would cycle 357 and 38 reliably? Or are there any other calibers I should look into? I know it's a lot of questions but I'm trying to get my research done so when I'm ready to buy I know what I'm looking for.
     
  2. eatmydust

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    I did a little looking around on-line, to check ammo pricing.

    At sportsmansguide.com, low end .30-30 ammo is about $.85/rounds & .357 mag. is about $.76/round.

    This seems like a non-factor for your decision. It comes down to superior ballistic profile (.30-30) vs ammo commonality (.357 mag.).
     

  3. DrumJunkie

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    I like having a lever gun in a caliber I own a revo in. It's this that has me looking for one in 38/357. I had one in 44 mag but sold it and really regret it now. So I might look replace that too. I have a Winchester 94 in 30 30 that is a total blast to shoot. A lot of people lean to the marlins because of the ease of mounting a scope. Being the range of the average lever gun I personally don't see a need to scope it. Most the hunting around here is 100 yds or less and that fits a lever guns use pretty easily. A 30 30 probably has taken more deer than any other two calibers...At least in my area so it's kind of a must have. With the Lever Evolution ammo form Hornady they are really accurate and will put a deer down pretty easy. I've heard of people doing ti with a 357 but I've not done it. I love a 44 for things like that though as long as the shot is under 150 yds. a 44 or 357 will work pretty well for coyotes too. Any would do just fine on targets. I don't reload rifle rounds though so anything I would get that is going to do a good bit of paper hunting I would want to reload for it. The press I use (Dillon Square Deal) only does pistol cartridges. I really need to get something that will do both rifle and pistol.:eek:

    If I was getting one that would mostly do targets though I might lean to a 22. Cheap to shoot and a lot of fun.
     
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  4. hq357

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    If i can have a lever action id like to have the alaskan co pilot

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    Breaks down in a neat little package :)
     

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  5. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

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    $2000+ might be a Lil more than I can afford haha, would be cool to have though
     
  6. MisterMcCool

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  7. steadyshot

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    Depends on how much you want to spend. If you go with the .357 you should look at the Henry Big Boy, if you have that kind of cash, $800-$850

    Or, Marlin makes a really nice one. Model 1894C at around $550-$600

    The Rossie/ Taurus model 92 is nice as well at $350-$400
     
  8. DrumJunkie

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    Henry makes a real nice lever gun. I've been a fan of the marlins as well but there's mixed reviews on the newer ones. It would pay to look any gun over close before buying. Most of the issues I have heard where cosmetic and I can't see how someone takes it out of the store like that. I put that kind of deal on the purchaser.
     
  9. Cheeseman

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    Here's my 1894C. love it
     

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  10. jimogden1984

    jimogden1984 New Member

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    so far I'm thinking 3030, and possibly an older marlin for a few reasons. Price, and ease to mount a scope are the main ones along with reputation. I would like to stick to iron sights if possible but it's nice to have the option without much hassle
     
  11. eatmydust

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    If you choose to buy a Marlin lever gun, look for the JM stamped on the left side of the barrel, next to the receiver. That signifies a pre-Remington "John Marlin" gun.
     
  12. jimogden1984

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    Thanks, I was actually gonna ask about that. I heard quality went down hill when Remington took over but until now didn't know how to tell the difference by looking.
     
  13. steadyshot

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    I have a Marlin 336 chambered in 30-30. I bought it used about 10 years ago. I paid $175 for it.

    They are very solid rifles.

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  14. DrumJunkie

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    You can have your cake and eat ti too wit ha set of rings that let ya see under them.
     
  15. donthav1

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    i have a Mossberg 464 in 30-30 that shoots really good. it has the classic lines similar to a Winchester 94 but with the added bonus of being a side eject & it is already drilled & tapped for scope mounts. they run around $400 new here, I bought mine used for $250
     
  16. jimogden1984

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    I don't think I've seen any 3030s that cheap here, might be something I'll have to keep an eye out for though
     
  17. Crazycastor

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    I would like to get the Marlin 336 chambered in 35 cal. I love that gun but lever action in 44 magnum would be fun too. That would be the perfect truck gun.
     
  18. jimogden1984

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    what are the differences between the 35 abs 3030?
     
  19. Cheeseman

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    Here's my 336 in .35 Rem. I was lucky to find it, an unfired trade in at Midwest Shooters, got it for $325
     

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