Quality Lever Action 30/30 and .357?

Quality Lever Action 30/30 and .357?

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    Quality Lever Action 30/30 and .357?

    I've always been interested in lever actions since my first .22 (browning BL-22). I'm curious now about a quality lever action in 30/30 and one in .357. (Not sure which I would purchase first, probably one in .357).

    So, it seems like the market has changed a lot in the last 10 years. Winchesters are now made in Japan correct (same company that made the BL-22 I think) and are pretty dang pricy (over $1000), Marlins QC seems to be a crapshoot since Remington got involved. Maybe a Henry?

    I'm not to knowledgeable in the field of lever actions and the current market

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    I suppose I should say I'm just looking for advice/experience with what is currently available in todays market.
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    My opinion as an owner of a Marlin 30/30 pre Remington, there is no better lever action than a marlin 30/30. Look for an older model marlin in either 357 or 30/30 and you cannot go wrong. The 30/30 will be more versatile for hunting, but the 357 would be better for defense and round capacity. In the end, the caliber is your choice. But a pre remington marlin will be hard to beat.
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    I've purchases several 1894's used. I just make sure they have the JM proof mark and were built in 2009 or earlier.

    I have one 1894SS (.44) and and 1894CSS (.357) and both are flawless. The 1894CSS I had to tune a bit by weakening the extractor spring, which is a common think with the Marlin 1894's. I had another 1894S that worked great but I sold it when I got the same gun in stainless.

    I would steer clear of the Remlins for now.

    Can't help you on the others, but I am happy with my Marlins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txron View Post
    My opinion as an owner of a Marlin 30/30 pre Remington, there is no better lever action than a marlin 30/30. Look for an older model marlin in either 357 or 30/30 and you cannot go wrong. The 30/30 will be more versatile for hunting, but the 357 would be better for defense and round capacity. In the end, the caliber is your choice. But a pre remington marlin will be hard to beat.
    Do you know how I would go about determining if a given marlin was pre remington?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    Do you know how I would go about determining if a given marlin was pre remington?
    Only by the year the rifle was made. Anything made before Remington closed down the marlin plant and moved everything to NY.

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    An older Marlin 336 will serve you well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    Do you know how I would go about determining if a given marlin was pre remington?
    Remington took over marlin in 2007 here is a list to date your firearm


    Model 336: June 1948 to present.
    219Zipper, 30-30, 307 Win?, 32 Special, 35 Remington, 356 Win, 38-55, 375 Win, & 44 Mag. Early serial numbers located on the lower tang under the lever. Later ones on upper tang. These serial codes also work for the 22lr leverguns as well.
    C-1946
    D-1947
    E-1948
    F-1949
    G-1950
    H-1951
    J-1952
    K-1953
    L-1954
    M-1955
    N-1956
    P-1957
    R-1958
    S-1959
    T-1960
    U-1961
    V-1962
    W-1963
    Y-1964
    Z-1964
    AA-1965
    AB-1966
    AC-1967
    AD-early 1968
    68-late 1968
    69-1969
    70-1970
    71-1971
    72-1972
    27-1973
    26-1974
    25-1975
    24-1976
    23-1977
    22-1978
    21-1979
    20=1980
    19-1981
    18-1982
    17-1983
    16-1984
    15-1985
    14-1986
    13-1987
    12-1988
    11-1989
    10-1990
    09-1991
    08-1992
    07-1993
    06-1994
    05-1995
    04-1996
    03-1997
    02-1998
    01-1999
    00-2000
    99-2001
    98-2002
    97-2003
    96-2004
    95-2005
    94-2006
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    You might try over here: SASS Wire Forum

    These guys are really into that sort of thing.

    Good luck with your search.

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    I really like my Marlin 336SS in 30-30...according to the chart, it was made in 2006 which is good to know.
    I bought it new, but only a couple of years ago, so one can still look around and get the older 'new' Marlins.
    It's a very smooth lever action. I've bought and sold several Marlins down through the years, but this one is staying around.
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    I think if you make a point to look in used gun racks you'll find a good supply of used Marlins.

    The WInchester 94s are solid guns as well, but the prices took a big jump when the New Haven plant shut down, and they are generally overpriced. When I got my used but like new 336 for $275, M94s in ratty condition were over $500.
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    I've seen two Marlin 336s lately and both were asking $399. Both were in .35 Rem also which I favor as it has more punch than the 30-30.

    Here is another blog comparing three of the most popular .357 mag lever actions. Based on this info I am inclined toward the Marlin 1994C.

    http://www.chuckhawks.com/compared_b...1894C_1873.htm

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    Rossi Puma. But here is a great lever forum, Paco Kelly's Leverguns.com ? View forum - General Discussion

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    I just bought a Rossi in 357. I shot it yesterday. The gun shoots very well, but loading the gun will wear out your thumb in a hurry. the loading gate is just too small and it scrapes my thumb with it's sharp edges as I try to push the rounds into the chamber. I am not likely to shoot it as much as I thought I would.

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    Marlin, no question.

    Btw, don't dismiss a gun made in Japan. Mant Browning OU shotguns are made in Japan and they are excellent.

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