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Old 01-08-2017, 08:35 AM
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I've been shooting for 30 years and after reading the 30-30 story thread I realized that I've not only never owned a lever action, I've only shot one ( a blr takedown in 7-08) once. I think I should remedy that and look for a lever in 30-30, 35 Rem, or 44 Mag.

That all said, what's your favourite lever action and why? Win 94 and Marlin 336 are certainly popular. Not sure how the Rossi, Henry, and Uberti line up? Would be shooting it with irons or peep sights.

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Old 01-08-2017, 08:41 AM
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Marlins are my favourite lever guns. But I currently have these:

Marlin .444
Savage 1899 in 30-30
Henry .22LR
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:50 AM
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I like my stainless Marlin 1894 in 44mag. Super smooth action now. Skinner peep sights. Just an all around fun gun to carry and plink with.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:53 AM
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I have shot a lot of repeating levers over the years and the only one that I can really like is the 1895 .
The '94 has tied to make a home on a coner of my trap line cabin several times however , I used and sold three or four of them .
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I omitted mentioning that the reason that I prefer Marlin is because of the design simplicity which makes them easily serviceable and more reliable in my opinion.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:06 AM
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I've had several 94's over the years but I never really liked any of them, not sure why but they just don't do it for me.
I've had Marlins too and they are ok but the 1895 isn't long enough in the receiver for a long 350 or 400 grain bullet in the 45-70. That's something better left to the Chiappa 1886 which is a stronger action anyway.
Presently I'm having lots of fun with Rossi's and Chiappa's. The Rossi's can be a bit rough out of the box but you can dismantle it and deburr the action or just shoot it a bunch and smooth it out that way. I refinish the stocks and remove the gawd awful safety so they are more like the original 92's. The Chiappa 86 and 92's are pretty good right out of the box.
Pedesoli builds a real nice M86/71 but they are a bit pricey.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:14 AM
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My two '95's were in 30/40 and . 303 Brit, two cartridges that I really have a preference for.

A friend has used an older'95 in 30'06 for many years and will not get anything else - it has the original Lyman peep sight on it .
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:17 AM
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I love my Henry 44.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:22 AM
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I've had a few 94's over the years, and never kept them long. Always seemed just a step up from a .22 and I like a bit more lead down the pipe!
I've owned a couple of .71's over the years (348 win) and they are fantastic bush medicine that put a couple of elk down for me.
I still have my grandfather's 250 savage takedown in a savage 99. Easy to pack, flatter shooting than the proverbial "thutty-thutty". It will be handed off to his great grandson shortly.
My next lever when I find it, will be a '95 in .405. If it was good enough for Teddy Roosevelt, I'll give'r a spin too!
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Owned a few 94's none could be levered at the shoulder like my 1866 Yellow boy Uberti 44-40, slick smooth action that can used operated without taking your eyes off the target.
For hunting I once used a friends Marlin 45-70 it was a good rifle as well knocked a deer down at 60 yds. with no problem.
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The 99's I shot were all very accurate rifles , I just never got too crazy about them.
I have a few favourite levers , but they are all single shots!
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'52 vintage Marlin 336 RC, in 30/30.

**Bottom rifle**
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Marlin 336

Browning blr
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'52 vintage Marlin 336 RC, in 30/30.



**Bottom rifle**


I like that one!


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You call yourself Sam Steele and all you've ever shot in a lever is a Browning Ladies Rifle, something is not quite right with this picture
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:57 PM
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I'm a Winchester lever action fan. Three of my favorites are my model 71, model 1892 and model 1885 (single shot, but still technically a lever action).
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You call yourself Sam Steele and all you've ever shot in a lever is a Browning Ladies Rifle, something is not quite right with this picture


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Old 01-08-2017, 02:11 PM
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Winchester 1886 in 45-70 and Winchester 1885 in 405 and 375 H&H, My 70's Marlin 444 and 45-70 for the big guys. Savage 99G 308 for middle. My Browning 44 mag and Winchester 1873 in 357 mag for the small. But top dog just because it was Grand dads is the Winchester 1892 in 32-20 made in 1921. For smaller guys my old style Marlin 22 cal and my Winchester 9422. Guess I have a few favorites.
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:11 PM
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Marlin for me 336 30-30,1895 45-70, and golden A 22lr
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Winchester Model 71 in .348
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Old 01-08-2017, 04:28 PM
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Winchester model 94 carbine. Pre 64'. Why. Classis just feels good. I would like to shoot a 32-40 someday. I think that was the original cartridge.

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Old 01-08-2017, 05:18 PM
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I like my miroku 73 i didnt know a lever gun was supposed to be like this till i got one. Not really practical for hunting compered to a 30 30 of course but i never used my 30 30 for hunting anyway.
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:32 PM
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I own the marlin 1895 stainless guide gun. It's the only one I've ever owned. So I guess that makes it my favourite. Lol.
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Marlin beat Winchester to the design of the lever system and that is why Winchester has the goofy toggle system .
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Mine is the Winchester Model 88, because it's in .308 and has a removable clip!
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Marlin beat Winchester to the design of the lever system and that is why Winchester has the goofy toggle system .
Not sure the details what your talking about but i think your history is faulty. Use the winchester toggle system and see what you think i bet you havent
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JM (1985) 1895 45-70, barrel cut down (prefer pistol grip over straight) winchesters are nice, there is something I really like about Marlin big bores though sure would like to get an STP. Find the remlins handles are fatter than the JMs not a huge fan.
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My favorite is the 94 ... just fit's ... marlin's are kinda ugly with the thick stock's ... but are fine rifle's ... alway's had a soft spot for the blr in 308 ... savage 99's are cool but to long and heavy .
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My favorite is the 94 ... just fit's ... marlin's are kinda ugly with the thick stock's ... but are fine rifle's ... alway's had a soft spot for the blr in 308 ... savage 99's are cool but to long and heavy .
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My 94 feels and looks right, marlin in my opinion are a better smoother action. But the 94 just feels right with the smaller wood forearm, just me

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Old 01-08-2017, 09:15 PM
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I have had Marlin and Win 30-30's. Recently got a Henry Golden Boy.44 mag which is a beauty and fun to shoot. But my stainless BLR 300 Win Mag with Leupold 2-7 is by far the best. Big, heavy, hits hard and follows up fast.
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