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Already have the one
My dad's old JC Higgins/Sears/Marlin my
mother bought for him back in the 50's as
an employee of Sears. IIRC she gave like $60
for it. I don't know how many animals he shot
with it, and never kept track of the ones I've
shot besides my first deer. I used to have the
receipt and the paper "owners manual " for it.
It's never been inadequate.

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I have a couple Winchester 94s and a Marlin 336. The 94s are safe queens because I shoot the 336 better because of the pistol grip and easier to clean.


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Marlin 336.

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It is not really a question between Winchester, Marlin or Henry, or any other brand.
Your first question should be: What do I intend to do with it?
There is a Large performance difference between a Trapper and a 26" barrel rifle. A 26" rifle will open your eyes to a new world with the .30-30.
Pick a rifle with easy to replace sights because eventually you will want to.
If you shoot primarily offhand you will find there is a good reason for a handfilling forend.
If you are a one load hunter the Skinner, XS and Williams sights are fine. Set and forget. They are all rugged.
If you experiment and change your sight setting often you need a sight you are able to adjust without a pocket full of tools.

If you are just going to plink with it pick a pretty one.


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I have 20" Win 94s in other chamberings of the 30-30 family and a 24" Win 64A in 30-30. The 64A has a pistol grip and more slender forearm and for me it points and shoots much more naturally. Both models are accurate, with a slight edge to the 64A, probably because I've spent more time with it. If I had to pick one, it would be the 64A.

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I have 2 Model 94s and an older parts type Savage 99 in 30-30.

Have used the 94 for critters around the farm and turkeys.

I need to get the savage out some more and get it bloody.

I guess the 94 for now.

Nice 99s Roy.

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Love the 99's in 30-30


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i own a winchester model 94 30/30 & a marlin 336 in 35 rem. i like them both, the 94 is more accurate than the 336. the 94 is 3/4lb lighter than the 336. both handle equally as well for me. i just prefer the marlin over the winchester.

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A proper 1899 shall have a proper caliber designation


303 savage



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As mentioned above, it depends on "What do I intend to do with it?". If you intend to mount modern optics, the Marlin 336 hands down. If just having a representative iron sighted .30-30 levergun, a pre-64 Winchester 94 in the configuration of your choice..... my own preference being the Model 64 in carbine form. I have a few Marlins and several Winchesters and prefer the lighter and more svelte Winchester 94 action over the Marlin.


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I've seen several worn out Winchester 94s, just run till they're so worn inside they don't work
I've never seen that in a Marlin.
I suppose that speaks of how much the 94 was used.
I suspect the Marlins get just as used, they just keep working.
Having said that, a Winchester with a peep is a light, handy joy to carry.
A Marlin with thin wood might weigh another pound.
If your looking for a rifle to pack way back in, every ounce matters, for shots in thick stuff, the 94.
I choose a scoped 336. Indestructible. Nothing dainty about a 336.


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Rossi Rio Grande for the win. In reality, Marlin 30AS or 336SC are at the top of the heap. I'm still hoping to bump into a '73-'80 336A. One of these days maybe.


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1930's or older Winchester 94 , I have two in 30-30 and one .32 Special. Really prefer the .32 and am planning on getting one in 38-55 . I prefer carbines with the 20" barrel and carbine butt or shotgun butt, no crescent butts for me.

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I looked at a couple Uberti/Cimarron replica 73 and 94 levers today. They were damn nice rifle.


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Originally Posted by EddieSouthgate
1930's or older Winchester 94 , I have two in 30-30 and one .32 Special. Really prefer the .32 and am planning on getting one in 38-55 . I prefer carbines with the 20" barrel and carbine butt or shotgun butt, no crescent butts for me.

I love the crescent butts and would love to find one.


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Model 64 for a repeater.

Lever single shot- 1885 low wall.


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Marlin 336Y, the short barreled version


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Originally Posted by RickyBobby
If you only had room for 1 lever gun in 30-30 what would you choose? I got an itch and I just might scratch it.


The one I currently have. JM-stamped Marlin, saddle-ring.


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