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#5736378 - 05/09/15 05:35 PM Lever-action 30-30 opinions
TurkeyWhisperer Offline
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I am looking to get my son a lever-action 30-30 (new) for his birthday. Have a max of $750 to spend.

What do you think is the best lever-action 30-30 under $750?

Thanks!

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#5736385 - 05/09/15 05:39 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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A pre-64 Winchester. If you're dead set on new, get a Marlin, but even then I'd buy one that it's a few years old and is JM stamped. The Remington-made rifles that I've handled are crap.
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#5736388 - 05/09/15 05:41 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: Tactical Cowboy]
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Originally Posted By: Tactical Cowboy
A pre-64 Winchester.


My vote for that kind of money.
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#5736397 - 05/09/15 05:50 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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In a lever action, I might think about a Browning in mebbe 7-08 or 308 with your budget. Young son doesn't need any drama in the reliability of his 1st Rifle, and the Browning is a NAME product he can ID with and be proud of ....and get Low Recoil ammo for until he grows into it... for a very accurate lifetime shooter. One of the few things I like a lot in Brownings.

Jury's still out on the re do of Marlin's production line's QC after the move to Remmy's Illion NY plant. I'm hearing that the bugs have been worked out but I'd want to confirm by serial # what date the gun in my hands I was looking at was made with Marlin Cust Svc. 2015 production s'posed to be OK. Ummm??? Really???
JMHO & YMMV
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#5736401 - 05/09/15 05:59 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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How old is your son? I shot my first buck at 11 with Dad's 30-30 and, in hindsight, with full strength ammo it stomps too much for a youngster. Took me years to confidently avoid a flinch. I have the rifle now (early 60's era Marlin 336) and I can shoot it with confidence, but I'm 217lbs. Go lighter if he's young.
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#5736408 - 05/09/15 06:06 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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I would buy him a Pre-64 Winchester also. Their feel cannot be duplicated.
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#5736416 - 05/09/15 06:15 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: Creekrunner]
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Originally Posted By: Creekrunner
How old is your son? I shot my first buck at 11 with Dad's 30-30 and, in hindsight, with full strength ammo it stomps too much for a youngster. Took me years to confidently avoid a flinch. I have the rifle now (early 60's era Marlin 336) and I can shoot it with confidence, but I'm 217lbs. Go lighter if he's young.


He's 13. He's pretty big for his age though.

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#5736439 - 05/09/15 06:34 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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After looking a Gun Broker just now, new Browning BLR prices have gone thru the roof with lots of jillyfrasse add on's IMO not necessary.

However I did see several of the older Japanese made all steel Model 81's that could be bought in your budget in 308 & 243's in outstanding to just average condition & these were the guns I remembered respecting back in the day and was suggesting to you.

I could see owning one these all steel M81's my own self, in a 308 or a 358 for sure, even though BLR's now come in calibers from 223 to 7Rmg & another old school favorite of mine, in 358's.
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#5736446 - 05/09/15 06:39 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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New I'd try to find a deal on a blr, if it can be used I really like the older Marlins since putting a scope on them is much easier than the Winchester. I can stack bullets with my Marlin so accuracy is not a factor

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#5736479 - 05/09/15 06:57 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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At that price range you're awful close to a new Henry .30-30, which is a wonderful rifle and one any kid (or adult) would be proud to own. The Henry's are already drilled and tapped for a scope. Not a fan in particular of scoped lever guns myself, but I have no complaints against those who choose to. I know unwrapping a present to find "Henry Repeating Rifle" on the box would have just about made my decade at that age. Happy early Birthday to your son, and good luck in your rifle quest!
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#5736653 - 05/09/15 08:17 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Forgot about the Henry but that would also be a good option

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#5736836 - 05/09/15 09:42 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Pre-safety Winchester 94 trapper.
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#5736867 - 05/09/15 09:53 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TexFlip]
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As others have said, pre-1964 Winchester 94. Most probably this will be a rifle cherished for a life time. Not only will it be a great keepsake, it will be a a valuable rifle. Despite the advantages of the side eject Marlins I never much cared for them as being a bastardization of the original '94. As he gets older he'll graduate to another rifle but he'll keep the ol' '94 in reverence & perhaps hand it down to his son.

JIMHO...

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#5736902 - 05/09/15 10:12 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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I like Marlins. Savage 99 is another vintage choice not mentioned here.

Is your son a lefty or righty? Cross-eye dominance? If you want a rifle to be a lifetime companion, you might want to make sure it fits him.

A new Browning BLR 81 lightweight in .308 for $775 listed at Buds Gun Shop. Free shipping.

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#5736905 - 05/09/15 10:14 PM Re: Lever-action 30-30 opinions [Re: TurkeyWhisperer]
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Pre-64 winchester 94 would get my vote. I've got one that I inherited from my granddad. Great rifle.

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