What lever rifle is right for me?

Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by 2290, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. 2290

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    I am looking into getting a lever rifle and there are so many choices out there that I cant make up my mind, what do you guys think?

    Points to consider-

    1) Will be shot for fun only, not used for hunting.
    2) It will not be scoped, I usually prefer irons.
    3) I would like something that has ammo easily availible at resonable price.
    4) I used to have a Marlin 30-30 that I got for under $200 at wallmart, I liked it, what do you all think of this rifle?
    5) I dont want another .22 or .17
    6) Would like to keep price at $600 or less, less is good.
    7) My 90lb woman will be shooting this also, so nothing that will blow her shoulder off.
    8) I like the looks of wood stocks, so would prefer wood.
    9) The longest ranges that it will be shot at are ~250 yards.


    Thanks,
    Paul

    Edit: Forgot to mention but I am also into old/antique guns so something that is old but still affordable would be nice.
     
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  2. Catfish

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    If your into old .32-20 would be and excellant choice. If you can find one it will probly be a 94 Win. Another good choie would be a Marlin in .256 Win. mag. For eather of those rounds you would want to load your own as the ammo is hard to find and pricy when you do.
     

  3. 2290

    2290 New Member

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    I do not have the tools or knowhow to load my own rounds, I would prefer something that has either new or surplus ammo readily availible.

    Thank you for the response.
     
  4. hunter Joe

    hunter Joe New Member

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    The Marlin 30-30 is a heck of a gun as it offers a cross-block safety. I'd buy the little lady a Marlin 39A if she's sensitive to recoil. This is also a great lever gun.

    Another great choice IMHO would be a Henry or similar cowboy action lever rifle in 45LC. This one is becoming very popular with the ladies.
     
  5. 2290

    2290 New Member

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    Thanks for the link cane, I think I have decided on the Marlin. One last question, for sport shooting would I be better off going with the 30-30 or the 45-70? I am guessing the 30-30 will be the cheaper ammo (which is kinda important when you shoot a few hundred rounds at a time) but how do the two rounds compare preformance wise?
     
  6. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Recoil sensitive, stay away from the 45-70. If you want to see the trajectory of a 45-70, walk out in the yard after a rainstorm, look up. 30-30 can be used with Leverlution ammo, and extend your usable range quite a bit. Ammo for either will be pricy, 45-70 more so (I'm a fine one to talk- have an inherited Winchester 71 in .348 Winchester, ammo is about $75/20!!!)

    You may want to look for a .45 Colt, or one of the Marlins in .357 Mag, but they can be pricy.
     
  7. Eastex_Guns

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    90 pound lady? I think if it were me I'd stick to something closer to a .243 or .260

    Unless you will opt for a variant.... say, 22-250 or 22 Mag?
     
  8. superc

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    In all but #s 8 & 9, may I suggest a Red Ryder? :)

    Seriously, I had some horrid experiences with a Marlin 336 once, somehow got an absolute lemon, and never went back to them. Go Winchester, or one of the new clones. Go .357 or .45. Easy for the wife to learn to shoot with, and the ammo is cheaper than the bigger stuff. Consider throwing away the buckhorn sight and having it fitted with a good peep sight at the rear and a fiber optic front sight. Add a sling.
     
  9. freefall

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    Marlin 336 is far the best place to start. Ammo is cheap for centerfire rifle stuff. Recoil is not bad (though more than you would think for those little rounds). Accuracy is much better than most Winchesters. A .357 would be sweet, but they cost a lot more than your basic .30-30.
     
  10. 2290

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    I am still liking the marlin 30-30 just because I have actually had one before so I already know its a decent rifle, but everyone is suggesting a .45 colt due to the low recoil so what do you guys think of this rifle?

    Henry Big Boy .45 Colt Rifle
     
  11. DrumJunkie

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    The Marlin 30-30 is a heck of a rifle. I used to have one but it got gone in a trade. I have a Winchester now and love it. I have heard bad things about the post 64 model Winchesters but mine (made around 1973) does great. I'd say the Marlin would be easier to find and is a plenty good shooter. My other lever rifle is a Marlin 1894SS in 44 mag. It's a blast to shoot too. It's hard to go wrong with a marlin lever rifle.
     
  12. superc

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    Clearly, even though it is inferior as a Bambi caliber to many other calibers, the 30-30 has fans. I am not one of them. Looking on my hands and knees for little specks of blood on leaves as the sun goes down and the cold and sleet moves in is not my idea of a good time, but the 30-30 produced exactly that, time after time in my experience before I removed that caliber from my inventories. Assuming an adjustable rear peep sight as previously described, factory .45 Colt ammo will give you and your spouse as much plinking fun as you could want. When things get more serious, either think Corbon, or do some reloading. Use Elmer Keith's .45 loads from "Sixguns" as your guide. You should drop the lead SWC bullet as it causes feeding problems in many leverguns. Instead I think you will find the Hornady XTPs to be the cat's meow with 2400 in a Win 94A. Recoil is very mild but the load drops Bambi with no fuss out to 150 or so easily.
    From 150 to 300 it is still way higher on the Taylor cartridge efficiency scale than the old thuddy-thuddy. Do what is desired. Good luck.
     
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