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I've hunted on and off for the last 19 years with a Winchester M88 in .308 WIN, but last year I was given an older M81 BLR Browning in .308 WIN - I love that Browning - plenty of power in a very light package.


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Finnwolfs are great...

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Originally Posted by Fireball2
Can't decide which kind I like best.


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cant beat the 99s, light weight, accurate, powerful and just a really neat gun. I have had marlins, 94s, 88s and a Finnwolf but they are just not a 99..

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Is it heresy to say the Ruger 96/44??? Had one, lost it to a pawn loan years ago and regretted loosing and never replacing it. Once I decided to get a new one a couple years later, I found they had been discontinued. I paid less than $400 out the door new in 2002, and prices on used have skyrocketed with owners thinking they're made of gold apparently. And therefore rarely come up for sale at a decent price. Kind of funny, when you think they were constantly laughed at by the purists, nobody seemed to want them and had weak sales the entire time before they were axed. Always reminded me of a lever action M1 Carbine meets Savage 99.

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I like my 96/44. It's hard to beat a lever you can work without shifting your grip. The throw is short enough that I can flick my fingers and load another one. Accurate. I like the removable magazine. It's handy when you go in and out of vehicles during the hunting day, or have to make road crossings.

And a scope looks right at home. I don't like to scope my traditional levers. I think it spoils the look.

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I have a Ruger 96 in 17 HMR that I really like for hunting jackrabbits. Very light and extremely accurate. It's very refreshing to jack empties out into the snow and have no need to chase brass! I've had a 22 mag as well, was also very accurate.


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Well.. hmm.. I do tend to favor the 99 just a tad bit.

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Though it would unwise to bash my dad's 1954 Marlin. Probably the very last lever action I'd let go.

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Although I've never owned one. I still admire the Winchester 94 carbines from the 40's and 50's. The ones with the barrel bands, ramp front sights, checkered steel butt plates and open sights. In 30-30 caliber of course. By the time I planned on buying one 1964 rolled around. Used ones from pre-64 were at, and still are at a premium, Oh well. I've had to settle for the following:
All Marlins

Model 1895 SS in 45/70
336 SC .35 Remington
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Of those my favorite is the 336 SC. I purchased it new in the early 50's with money earned working after school in a small slaughterhouse/meat packing outfit. Shot both deer and elk with it.


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Mostly Old West guns, not so much Winchester 1895's or Savage 99's...

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A Savage 250-3000 is still my favourite but I'd sure like to find a 25-35 Winnie 94. wink


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I own and cherish quite a few lever guns but these rank near the top:

Savage 99 Brush Gun in .375 Win that took me 20 years to find
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Originally Posted by shrapnel


Winchester 1873 in 22 long...

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That 73 is sweet. So is the Finwolf. I'll have to get over there one of these days and check out some of those toys. What do you actually use for hunting?


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I'm going to narrow it down to 3.

Henry 22LR youth model. I chased a red squirrel across the back yard with a couple shots from it just yesterday. Smooth and quick to operate, the 2 shots couldn't have been any closer together if I'd been carrying one of my semi-auto 22s.

Marlin 1894P 44 magnum. Just a really handy rifle that packs a pretty good punch when loaded with 270 gr Speer Gold Dot soft points or my home cast 310 gr WFN bullet, both running in the upper 1,500 fps range.

Winchester 1894 in .32 Winchester Special. Made in '54, this was my Dad's only hunting rifle from the time he bought it from his older brother in the late 50's until last summer when he handed it over to me.


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Originally Posted by Cariboujack

That 73 is sweet. So is the Finwolf. I'll have to get over there one of these days and check out some of those toys. What do you actually use for hunting?


I try to use all of them at one time or another. I have killed just about everything in Montana from varmints to the biggest game with lever actions...

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I won't bore anyone with my choices, just wanted to say, some fine rifles, gents...

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I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.
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You want to see an animal drop right now? Shoot him in the ear hole.

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Well i like all the older lever guns !! this is my newest favorite,a large frame Bullard in 45-70 caliber.It has some nice wood on it! grin

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Neat old rifle loggah...


Originally Posted by raybass
I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.
Originally Posted by Pharmseller
You want to see an animal drop right now? Shoot him in the ear hole.

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