30/30 lever action

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    30/30 lever action

    Now that the NYS bill has erased much of my "wish list", i think i will focus on something that i can still buy legally, that i have wanted to purchase for some time now. I want a 30/30 lever action rifle, but am unsure what manufacturers i should avoid, and which ones i should look at. The Mossberg tactical lever action 30/30 looks neat, but i am leaning towards a good old fashioned wood stock 1895. Any suggestions? thanks. bunker
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    I would think about the Winchester trapper models in a handgun caliber like 357 Mag so you can load 38 special that way over penetration is not an issue. I would also get a big loop lever easy to use and even in stressful situation you can manipulate a reload. The other consideration would be after market rail or fore grip so you can mount a light or even laser.

    By the way Marlin make few short barreled pistol caliber lever actions too.

    If you go 30-30 go with the 125 grain HP.

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    I'd stick to Marlins and Winchesters - plenty of them around. The Rossi/Taurus and Mossberg lines haven't been out long enough to get a good reading on their quality or durability.
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    Those are nice guns! My brother has a Winchester 30/30 that he is going to trade me for my mossberg 500 shotgun, all it needs is a new firing pin, and the Winchester model is a great brand. He's had it for 5 years, my uncle had it for 15 and its never needed anything except this firing pin.
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    just checked buds guns and they dont have any in stock... surprise surprise. bunker
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    I'd go .357 in Marlin or Winchester. I've seen some Rossi model 92's in .357 that I thought were very good as well. I own aWinchester 94 in .357 with a big loop lever. I don't think any legislature is ever going to rule against this kind of "cowboy" gun. They are also damn fun to shoot.

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    ...Henry is like a Swiss watch...out of the box...awesome company....30-.30, .44, or .357/38...check 'em out...you get what you pay for...

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    I agree I have Big Boy 45 LC I also have Puma 480 Ruger with scout scope. The Mossberg is out collapsable stock is not legal in NY is it? If it is legal I would not worry about owning one they are good company. I like accessory rails. Henry is a good choice as well. I would look used they are all over the place.

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    If your looking for a piece of history to add to a collection, its hard not to own a Winchester Model 94 ... It is the gun that won the west 'ya know. If your looking for a shooter, my preference would be the Henry. Good luck in your selection.
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    What about Kittery Trading Post? Have you tried them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunker View Post
    just checked buds guns and they dont have any in stock... surprise surprise. bunker
    Well, panic buying, you know. I hit a big-box store and two local gun stores looking for a measly pound of Unique powder today - came up short (big surprise), but the stores were still packed.

    I suggest looking at the "secondary market" - pawn shops, Craig's List, bulletin boards at your local range, etc. Be patient and "your" gun will turn up.
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    marlin and winchester are both good guns. you can not go wrong with either.
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    I saw a Marlin 336 at Cabela's the other day. I was a little interested then, but now there are all these lever gun threads popping up. I think it's a sign to buy one.

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    30/30 lever action

    I love my 94 Winchester. I also love my dad's Marlins. I read Marlin was purchased recently by another firm and quality had declined a bit so do some research. if I had the funds, an 1894CSS 357/38, a 336 in both 30/30 and 35Rem, and a big loop 1895 45-70 would be in my safe.

    I haven't read the NY laws closely yet. Are the handgun caliber Marlins kosher with their high magazine capacities because they're not semi-auto or are they on the no-fly list also? you could do a lot worse than an 1894 or 336 for a defensive rifle.

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    A Marlin 336SS owner here...a great rifle that has proven itself down through the decades.
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