I suppose I should say I'm just looking for advice/experience with what is currently available in todays market.
This is a discussion on Quality Lever Action 30/30 and .357? within the General Firearm Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; 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 ...
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
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.
An older Marlin 336 will serve you well.
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.
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.
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.
Marlin, no question.
Btw, don't dismiss a gun made in Japan. Mant Browning OU shotguns are made in Japan and they are excellent.