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I'm in the market for a 3030 rifle. I saw a marlin 336 (may or may not have said 336 that is just the numbers that came to mind) I think at Walmart for $356 and thought of getting it. I don't know anything about the 3030 round or rifles that shoot them and figured I would ask those of you who have them.

Will be buying for general purpose, just to have and shoot. May hunt with it one day who knows. I've heard good things about the marlin 3030 though and am leaning towards it.
 

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30/30 is a good rifle caliber. While its not the long range whitetail getter some calibers are its an excellant 100 to 200 yard deer rifle. The rifle that won the west. Very versatile. Good brush gun. Lever action can be fast once your good with it. Reload is slow. Marlin is a good rifle and Henry. For an all around shooter, hunter, varmint getter, SD rifle you could do much much worse than a good 30/30
 

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While the Winchester is the classic, myself I chose the Marlin 336 due to ease of scope mounting. The Marlin ejects from the side allowing for mounting of a scope directly atop the receiver. The Winchester is a top ejector necessitating an offset and higher scope mount. If just using open sights both are fine weapons and will serve you well.
 

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One of the most overlooked and under-rated guns around today. About the only ammo available in most LGS that I have visited in the last few weeks.
I love the lever action, not as fast as a semi-auto but about the same as a pump and better than a bolt. The tube feed magazine does not hold 30 rounds but can't get lost either. Can't be reloaded as fast as a removable magazine but there is no extra cost either.
They are as cool, or more so than an "assault" rifle but don't have a negative image yet. Who can dis John Wayne?

BTW, mine is a Winchester 1894, 30-30. ;)
 

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I have a Winchester 94 with the older top eject (newer ones have angle eject that is more scope friendly). The downside for my rifle is a good scope mount. I had a side mount that I never liked much and removed this year for deer hunting. My dad has a Marlin 336C and likes it better than the Winchester. He feels the action is sturdier (I find it slower). Both are great rifles that shoot well and will last a long time.

I have been reading more and more about the Mossberg 464 series lever action rifles. They definitely have a lot of configurations. Reviews have been good. I would personally like to see and shoot one before buying, but have the feeling it is just as good as the Winchester or Marlin (possibly better if you want to Tac it out). Mossberg & Sons | .30-30 WIN

The best thing is that the ammo is still readily available and hasn't taken a huge price hit (yet). So, it is easy to stock up and practice. They're small rifles that are pretty light and easy to handle. Not bad at all for many possible scenarios.
 

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The Marlin is also pre drilled on the reciever to accept the Lyman reciever sights which are very good sights. Then you will have two different sight systems, for a back up. Cant go wrong with the Marlin, although I still like the Winchester.
 

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The Winchester is my sentimental favorite but I have to say that the Marlin is easier for me to shoot well. I've only owned Winchesters though. Shot others Marlins, both scoped and unscoped and found that they generally are more accurate off of the bench rest than the average Winchester 94 carbine. The Marlin Model 336 also handles recoil better than the Winchester Model 94 in my view.

I look at the .30-30 as a fully high-powered rifle cartridge. So do deer-sized animals apparently. I've take 5 deer with a .30-30 rifle over the years and they drop just as readily as they do with more powerful cartridges. Don't much think that a person could examine a series of rifle-shot deer carcasses that included one taken with the .30-30 and tell which among them it was.

It's not so bad as a longer range cartridge either if one is willing to learn his rifle and load. While the longest shot I have made on a deer was 120 yards or so I have used the cartridge on targets out to 350 yards. Repeated hits on the upper portions of man-sized rocks are easy with the .30-30. I've only ever used .30-30s with open sights but a scoped .30-30 would be a fearsome thing.

I like the cartridge best with 170 gain bullets.

That Mossberg tactical lever-action may be useful but it is an offense to the eye, whew!
 

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im thinkin about getting one also. i like the mossberg tactical model
As the owner of a pre 64 model 94 this should be heresy, but it's kind of a neat gun in a gimmicky way. That thing is crazy light too. Which may be good or bad. I've never shot one. But a buddy brought one by a week or so ago. It was a little nicer than I expected. I couldn't help but laugh at the stupid looking thing though. Man it's ugly.
 

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Funny you should ask...I have the Marlin 336SS in 30-30 and it's a fine rifle. Not much beats a 30-30 for brush hunting or perimeter protection.
I put a Leopold scope on mine. This is my 3rd or 4th lever action 30-30...having bought and sold several down thru the years. This last purchase is going to be handed down to my 'next of kin'.:yup:
 

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The 30-30 is roughly ballistically equivalent to a 7.62x39. The lever action is a great platform and can be worked very quickly. Everyone should treat themselves to a lever action.
 
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I just recently purchased a Marlin 336 manufactured in 1982, it has the straight stock, (I like the look). I am very happy with this rifle and am presently looking for a 3x9x40 scope for it. My eyes are to old for iron sights I guess. All in all a very nice gun..

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Well cared for marlin 336 will last a life time and more. They are affordable and as good as it gets.
When My second son left home one of the rifles that left here with him was a 336, and he was allowed to take what ever he wanted.
 

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Have had at least one .30-30 around here for many years and having added an SKS back in the mid 1990s. I'm going to say that, after shooting both over the chronograph and using both cartridges, that the .30-30 handily whips the 7.62X39. One may gain a couple hundred fps velocity over 7.62X39 load when using the light 125 grain bullets in the .30-30 and have the added bonus of using heavier 150 grain and 170 grain bullets, weights that would make the 7.62X39 choke up.
 

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I Love my 30/30 lever action which i received as a birthday gift when i was 10. Holds 5, and is very fast. 200 yards is about as far as I would shoot it for accuracy. Deer is about as large of game that I would suggest with it. However you can get accurate encough to use it for small and medium game too.

I agree that it will last many lifetimes. It is old reliable.
 

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Don't much think that a person could examine a series of rifle-shot deer carcasses that included one taken with the .30-30 and tell which among them it was.
You're not the only one Bryan. At Tom Horn's trial for the killing of Willie Nickell, the two physicians that inspected Willie's body (both with military/battlefield experience) testified about the wounds. One said they were from soft-nosed 30/30s, the other said they were inflicted by a 45/90.


(I only have four .30WCFs, does that make me a fan, Bryan? :wink: )
 

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Cool tidbit of information I'd not heard, OD*. Such stuff makes forums fun.
 

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Cool tidbit of information I'd not heard, OD*. Such stuff makes forums fun.
I've been fascinated with Tom Horn's story since I first saw Steve McQueen play him in the 1980 movie "Tom Horn" (naturally :wink:). Over the years I was lucky enough to come to know Mr. Don Patterson, Don is a retired LEO, and owner of Chiefly Books in Cheyenne, Wyoming. He was also one of the forensic crime scene investigators when Amnesty International “staged” a retrial (1993) in which real attorneys, jurors, and judge were used. FWIW, Horn was found not guilty - just less than a century too late to actually do him any good. :wink:
 

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I had Marlin 336 3030 years ago that I traded for a TC Contender 44 Mag when they allowed handguns for deer hunting in Ga. I have wanted it back ever since. Was a great hunting weapon for deer, nice sights and easy carry. Was just nothing bad about it except I wanted that pistol badly. The old designs that have endured time are something everyone should shoot to find out why they are still around. Never wanted a scope on it because the sights were so good.
 
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