Talk me out of swapping my 94 Winchester 30-30 for a SA.

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    Talk me out of swapping my 94 Winchester 30-30 for a SA.

    My first gun was a 94 Win. My grandfather gave it to me when I was 11 or 12. He won it in a drawing or something and never fired it. Serial # shows it was made in 1972. It's in pristine condition. Less than 50 rounds through it. Shot my first deer with it.

    It's my only long gun and sometimes my head gets thinking I should get a .308 SA or something like that. I know - my brain sometimes tells me things that aren't the best idea.

    Talk me out of it before I do something stupid.

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    To begin, your grandfather gave it to you. Enough reason alone to keep it.
    Second reason, it's your first gun. Never forget your first gun and never give it up.
    Third and final, it's your only long gun. One in which you've killed your first deer with.

    KEEP IT.
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    It has a history with you and your family. What else could be more important?
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    Keep it for all the reasons stated above. Learn to shoot it well and it can do almost anything you can need it to do.
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    My first gun was a single shot Winchester .22 given me by my grandfather. I loaned it to my brother later and it was stolen in a breakin. I have bought and sold many guns since that time but I was never satisfied until I found another like my first. I won't sell or loan this one.Keep your 30-30!

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    That should be a no-brainer must-keep. Money will come and go, but there's only one rifle with that history. Besides, everybody needs a 30-30 in the stable.
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    keep it..............
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    KEEP IT.

    Gift from your grandfather? Give it to your child someday.

    You will regret selling it down the road, I guarantee it.
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    Keep it. Save up for your .308 SA.
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    In the end, it's only a gun. If it's standing between you and something far more useful and/or meaningful, then go ahead and sell/trade it.

    But, as others point out, it's got some history. Sentimental, largely, at this point, but history nonetheless. Worth it to you? Only you can decide. It's a 1970's vintage, so it's not as though it was in Wyatt Earp's own hands. Still, it's nearly mint, nearly unfired, well-cared for, and you know its history perfectly. At minimum, it's worth documenting and savoring. Might be worth selling, depending. You'll get a fair price for it, I'm sure, by anyone seeking that sort of rifle. There aren't many of them around in such condition. Given enough time, it could become fairly valuable ... at least, to your grandchildren.

    Whatever you decide, enjoy.
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    You'll regret it, if you sell it. You know that, so why do it? Do the right thing, and put it in your gun safe, and one day pass it down to your grandson.
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    I would keep it for the reasons others have stated but also for one other:

    The lever gun will be among the last long guns that get banned should the antis succeed with an 'assault weapons' ban.....
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    I have my great grandfathers shotguns and I would not trade them for the world, and I am glad that my father or grandfather didn't trade them for something more useful
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    Like others said keep it and find a way to buy the SA. This was your Grandfather's gun and he gave it to you, it is your first gun; that is all the reason you need to keep it. My first gun was an old H&R single barrel 410 with the release on the right hand side of the receiver. My uncle needed it for some pests at his horse stable so I gave it to him. I miss that gun. My second gun was my Grandpa's JC Higgins Model 20 I bought from him in 1977. I still have it and it will stay with me until I pass (or at least that is the plan). Family guns stay in the family. Keep the gun no matter what you need to do to raise the money for the SA.
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    Everyone needs a .30-30 Tactical Lever Action Battle Rifle.
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