This is a discussion on Your Preferred Lever Action Model within the Defensive Rifles & Shotgun Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Originally Posted by sigs Model 92, mine is the Rossi Puma in .357. Love it. Agreed....
Winchester Model 94
Winchester Model 71
Winchester Model 88
Marlin Model 336/1895
Savage Model 99
Other - Share your choice in the thread
Marlin 1894 .45LC
"If you make something idiot proof, someone will make a better idiot."
Marlin 336 in .30-30 - love it. Whole "package" was less than $500 NIB - rifle, scope, and sling.
I heartily recommend a scope for any rifle intended for self defense. Even at close range, in certain lighting conditions, it can be difficult to distinguish a weapon from some other innocuous object. A scope can help you verify the threat/target before the point of no return. My scope is a 3-9 X variable - I keep it on 3X for close in work, which is the most likely scenario.
I love the lever gun...hopefully it will be the last to get banned.....
Partial to the Winchesters, but the Marlin is pretty good as well. The new Winchesters don't impress me, they are way to overpriced & don't seem to run as well as the old ones.
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"If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. If I have a gun, what do I have to be paranoid about?" -Clint Smith
"An unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." -Jeff Cooper
Marlin 336. Lever it or leave it.
Marlin 1894 .44
I always aim for the right eye...and I never miss - Goldeneye
I love my Marlin 336SS in 30-30...
"That I cannot do."
"Give this to, uh, Clemenza. I want reliable people, people who aren't going to be carried away. After all we're not murderers in spite of what this undertaker thinks."
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Winchester Models 1886, 1892, 1894.
"The pistol, learn it well, carry it always ..." ~ Jeff Cooper
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Marlin 336 with 35 Rem...
RSO, WA. XDMc 9mm, S&W 642CT & 442 38 sp, 1947 Savage 99 300,
1972 Marlin 336 RC .35, 1922 Walther Model 4, 1933 Walther DSM 34, High Standard 1954 22LR
I prefer to be judged by 12 then carried by 6
I only have one lever gun, a 1951 Marlin 39a.
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I prefer the Winchester M94, and like the 1894 Marlin series. I also like the 1895 Guide guns.
I detest the Marlin " micro groove" barrels. I prefer the straight stock models.
Ignorance is a long way from stupid, but left unchecked, can get there real fast.
Kinda like the NYPD officers who shot down the guy who matched the description of a wanted criminal when he pulled his...wallet...on them? What do you say? "Oops. Sorry about that."
Unless you only plan on using the rifle at point-blank range, there are going to be situations where it might be difficult to see exactly what is going on. There was an on-line article in a LE magazine (can't find it at the moment) that went into this very issue. Very eye opening - no pun intended. At even only ten yards, it can be difficult to distinguish a handgun from a cell phone, especially in shadow, dim light, etc. When the officers ran through the test with a scope, they did much better, both in terms of shooting accuracy, and in terms of shoot/no-shoot decision making.
Your statement smacks of the often-heard "If my sidearm clears leather I'm going to shoot" nonsense that we read on these forums...an attitude that ignores the fact that the vast majority of the time a defender pulls a gun, the assailant runs away without needing a shot fired. The decision to bring a weapon to bear is one decision; the decision to actually fire it had better be a separate decision.
I have a slight preference for the closed receiver of the Marlins, but I also prefer the straight stock. There's a 336 in .30-30 in the safe, and with open sights a man-sized target (or at least an 18" square gong) is in trouble at 200 yards.
I'm really fond of the Savage 99 for its rotary magazine (allowing the use of spitzer bullets) and its ability to handle some pretty powerful cartridges. Certainly the BLR is capable of the same, but for me it lacks the history, style and balance of the 99.
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Has to be the only one I owned before I turned them all in
A Marlin 336 Had it so long I am not sure where it came from it took a few deer and my second son dropped his first deer with it 150 yards.