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#11985919 - 04/20/17 Time to scratch an itch.
gophergunner Offline
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It's time to try something different for deer hunting. I haven't carried a lever action that didn't say Savage on it for over 40 years now. I want to pick up a Marlin 30-30 and kill a deer with it. Not looking for anything rare or fancy, just a hunter grade shooter. It will have a scope on it, as my eyes just don't tolerate open sights any more.
What should I look for? I don't really want a gray rat, but it certainly doesn't have to be pristine. Any suggestions on where to start, and what to stay away from? I am a Savage guy, so I really don't know a whole lot about the design changes over the years, so any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks guys.

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#11985955 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: gophergunner]
Cariboujack Offline
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Hit some pawn shops, or look on the classifieds. They come up. I'd look for one made before 1982 when they put the safety button on. They have been d&t the receiver for a long time but you definitely want that done already. Make sure it's smooth and reasonably tight, and has all the parts. Hopefully no one has put a sling swivel in the bullseye on the bottom part of the stock. Check for cracks around the grip. Be open to 30-30 OR 35 Remington. I have both because I can't decide. smile
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#11985980 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: Cariboujack]
gophergunner Offline
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Thanks Jack. I will want a sling on it. Any suggestions in that area? What's the deal with that bullseye thing anyway?

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#11986035 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: gophergunner]
tikkanut Offline
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Registered: 01/30/01
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Loc: Podunk Utah....

The Marlin bullseye is shown in pic...Marlin put it on their

stocks so they could easily be seen on display in gun shops...

Some guys....think its a target for the rear swivel stud...NOT

The swivel or stud is about 2" closer to butt plate...if you're

set on a 30-30...they are very common...like CJ said....pawnshops

or even GunBroker...or post an ad here 'WTB Marlin 30-30'

Also in agreement the pre safety/pre 1983 models are most desirable

The 'Gold Trigger' stands out too...along with the 'JM' stamp..

FWIW too....I will be listing a 1980 336 35 Rem next week...




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#11986043 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: tikkanut]
gophergunner Offline
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I'm thinking I'll go with a 30-30 mainly because the ammo's readily available just about anywhere.

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#11986069 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: gophergunner]
tikkanut Offline
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Loc: Podunk Utah....

here ya go......

pre safety......gold trigger..swivel studs (after market)

price is fair at $399

http://www.gunbroker.com/item/639552281

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#11986073 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: tikkanut]
tikkanut Offline
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again another.....these guys are super G O O D to deal with

woops....x/bolt safety...built for Walmart (W)

http://www.mcclellandgun.com/PreOwnedGuns/PreOwnedGuns/preownedrifles.html


Edited by tikkanut (04/20/17)

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#11986079 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: gophergunner]
Cariboujack Offline
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Another thing I like, that you can barely see on Tikkanut's picture, I really like the thinner fore end like his rifle has. Some have a real thick fore end. In my eyes at least The more slender fore arm is more appealing. Everyone has their own taste.

Uncle Mikes has sling swivels available, the front connects to the tube, the back like is shown on the picture. Some already have those attached so don't run out and buy a set till you have your rifle and know what you need. Let me know when you get one and I'll send you a picatinny type base for a scope. The way the mounts are set up with their D*T you don't have much adjustment for a scope. They tend to set too far back for me.
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#11986088 - 04/20/17 Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: Cariboujack]
tikkanut Offline
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never liked the mag tube swivel adapter....

some Marlins are shipped with these from factory...

others not......

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/895209...remington-1894c

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#11987058 - Yesterday at 09:24 AM Re: Time to scratch an itch. [Re: tikkanut]
Cariboujack Offline
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Loc: Alaska/Idaho
Originally Posted By tikkanut

never liked the mag tube swivel adapter....

some Marlins are shipped with these from factory...

others not......

https://www.midwayusa.com/product/895209...remington-1894c


Also a good alternative.
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