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Boring answer.... But the marlin 336 is boringly reliable. Kills deers dead. Carries nice.

My current one has a big loop and a skinner peep on it.

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Originally Posted by Bocajnala
Boring answer.... But the marlin 336 is boringly reliable. Kills deers dead. Carries nice.

My current one has a big loop and a skinner peep on it.

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That actually sounds like a phenomenal rifle!


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My first 30-30 is the one I like best. Somehow or another a 1893 Marlin with a 26 inch octagon barrel came into our family's life when I was about 14 or 15. I used that sucker to kill owls, coyotes, black bear and even a wolf that was making for our pooch. It is smooth and shoots like those full size rifles do offhand. It is lithe and quick- kind of like a small caliber flintlocke muzzleloader. It is very accurate and fast. I have other 30-30s. I have a Model 55 Winchester from 1926. I have a JM Marlin 336 carbine in 30-30. I have a Pre-64 Winchester 94 made in 1949. I like the old Marlin 1893 the most.

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Winchester 94 featuring angle-eject so a good scope can be mounted. 30-30 is a keeper! Sherwood


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My vote would be a Winchester model 64 Deluxe Carbine.

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Originally Posted by Sherwood
Winchester 94 featuring angle-eject so a good scope can be mounted. 30-30 is a keeper! Sherwood

I’ve got the same set up Winchester 94 in .30-30 and it’s one of the most reliable and accurate lever guns I own. Reloading and tuning the loads to the gun is key.


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That 64 is cool !


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Originally Posted by Lslite
That 64 is cool !

Absolutely beautiful!

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I’d like a 1899 B. Octagon barrel model, have one in 32-40

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I have a Savage 1899 in 303 savage and its a nice rifle but I really like the 1893 and I think that they are diamonds. I own a 1893 25-36 SRC special order and a 93 in 32 Special as well. I just like that model.

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The Marlin 336 is my personal favorite when it comes to 30-30 lever. However, I'm a guy who scopes his rifles (bad eyes) and I generally don't carry a 30-30 anymore when I'm deer hunting. I like the side eject.

For just general carry I have a .357 Mag Marlin 1894 with a peep sight. It is great on feral cats, coyotes, and the assorted vermin I find when I'm out running around the farm. It also shoots like an all-day sucker.


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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.
That's like trying to decide between my children! I've got 3 beloved 30-30's, and I do love em all! A 336 Marlin, Mod 94 Win and Mod 64 Win. If I had to choose only one? The Mod 64 but the Mod 94 Carbine is pushing right at its heals. I've had the Marlin all along and it's great. But after going the distance with a 94 & 64, there's really no comparison IMO as to total handling, shooting & hunting.
Now I'm a deer hunter and have a very fine 30-06 & 270 both scoped. And I prefer my Win 30-30 's easily over them for my hunting, reloading, shooting, all around fun! The 30-30 is a great cartridge!

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Mine's a Savage 99. A 1923 vintage featherweight takedown, Redfield receiver sight, a century old this year, still gets field time.

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Mine's a Savage 99. A 1923 vintage featherweight takedown, Redfield receiver sight, a century old this year, still gets field time.

Get one with the optional 410 barrel and you got yourself an expedition rifle combo

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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.

Marlin 336 JM or Ruger made, 20 inch barrel.


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I got an old sears Ted Williams 30 30 that I think I will keep


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I don't think Marlin ever did what I would consider perfect for how I'd use a 30-30. I have a 336W that I took in trade and it's fine for what it is but I'd say a trapper length 336 stainless but coated as to not glare with a pistol grip stock, big loop, and Skinner sights.

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Marlin SS 336.


I would have got him too but a Dad Blam snow flake hit me in da eye....
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