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Old 09-17-2019, 08:28 AM
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I was asking mostly because im coming up on retirement here in a few months(Jan 2020) and will have more spare time(even working part time 3-4 days a week) than ive had in ages and ive started to get invited back into the hunting group I didnt have the time for(because its 3 hour drive away in New York state and I live in PA..just didnt have the spare time to spend driving back and forth and hunting).

Now that NY is rifle(last time i hunted in NY it was shotgun only its been that long) I realized that I really didnt have a single rifle capable(outside the M1 Garand) of deer hunting..and the only thing ive got for Coyote is a old single shot nef .223....

So I will keep looking for a nice lever action..hopefully locally..I appreciate the replies/\.
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:58 AM
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My vote goes for the Marlin 336 in 30-30. I have taken yotes and deer out to ~200 yards with my peep-sighted 20" carbine and 150 grain bullets. I have also loaded 100 grain bullets for smaller critters, and they've also performed well, but are a bit light for deer IMO. Pure blue murder on groundhogs and other varmints though! If you handload, you can do just about anything with the 30-30. Factory ammo choices are limited to either 150 or 170 with very few exceptions. On the plus side, $400 should buy you a pretty darn nice rifle to shoot said ammo. Good luck on your search!

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Old 09-17-2019, 10:32 AM
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The 30-30 has, by all accounts, taken more deer, bear, and even elk than any other cartridge. Outdoor writers have said this for years, because it is true.

I got my first center fire rifle when I was a junior in high school. My mother bought it for me... it was a Marlin 336. We were living in Missouri at the time near Lake of the Ozarks. I carried it quite often when I was out just hiking around. I shot cottontail rabbits with it on the run. Granted, I usually only ended up carrying the hind quarters home. Unfortunately, that rifle and my other firearms were stolen from our house when I was away at college.

I have a variety of firearms now some 60 years later, but I still have a brace of post-64 Winchester Canadian Centennial 94s in 30-30. I also have a Henry H001 .22. If I were to look for another lever action, I would give the .35 Remington a close look. Especially if black bear were a viable target. Just a bit more oomph to the cartridge. I never had to shoot a deer twice.

My recently passed BiL had a Savage 99 in .300 Savage. He was a dead eye shot with that rifle. I saw him nail a fox in a snow bank one time at good 150 yards. I have always wanted a Savage 99, but I doubt that that is in the cards. To old now to look for one. They are a fine rifle. Just as Dave Petzel with "Outdoor Life." He made that statement in a recent column.

Either the 94 or the 336 are super fast rifles to the shoulder. Carry easily all day, and ready at a moments notice. For hunting in the eastern half of the US, I wouldn't bother with a scope.

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I've been carrying my old Marlin 336 in 30-30 since the 60s
Great shooting rifle.
I put a Lyman peep sight on it years ago.
Very accurate.
Shot a pickup truck load of deer with it.
Can't go wrong with a 30-30..👌
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Old 09-17-2019, 01:52 PM
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Marlin 336 30-30 or 35. Fine rifles and deadly!
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Old 09-17-2019, 02:26 PM
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I had a Marlin 336c in .30-30 too and it was a great gun. Also had a scope mounted. Probably more in your price range.
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I have a 1955 Winchester 94 chambered in 30-30. It has an old (also probably 1955) Lyman peep-sight on it. If I really need to reach out, I'll use my old Remington M700 BDL chambered in 30.06.
I've decided this is all the high powered fire power that I need.
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I am VERY fond of the 32 Winchester Special, particularly in a Winchester 94 Carbine. Such a handy combination for the northern woods. It's also excellent for reloaders. Use jacketed or cast lead (my favorite) bullets, smokeless OR holy black powder. You can even download them to hunt rabbits with powders like Trail Boss if you want.

If you don't reload you would be hard pressed to beat the 30-30. Specifically, a Marlin 336 pre-Remlin, but post waffle-top to maximize options in case you decide to scope it some day. They already are D&T for peeps so the rifle would be good to go right from the beginning. At most you would have to buy a sling if you use them. Post a pic of whatever you get please.
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I started my deer hunting in Pa in 1966 with a Marlin 30.30 lever action. I used it for about 5 years and it did what was required but I wanted to up my power and get away from the steel receiver which was not very hand friendly in cold weather. I scratched the Savage 99 off my list because of the steel receiver and settled for a model 88 Win in .308. I saddled it with a Leupold 2X7 and have never regretted it.
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Just so you know, the 30-30 is reloader friendly, too. As a side note, I have been tempted to get a 30-30 barrel for my Contender, but never have yet got around to it.
I hear the 35 Remington in a lever action rifle is a good match-up. That might be another caliber to consider.
I sold off my Marlin 336 rifles in 30-30 and only kept the Winchester that I spoke about above. The Rem M700 is the one I bought way back when I was 13 years old. That was 1970 so the rifle is "old-school" but since I have a history with it I have kept it.

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I've had Winchesters and Marlins, if I were to go back to a lever it would be a 336 in 30-30. Finding ammo will never be a problem as it could be with 35 or 32.
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If I were to buy a new lever centerfire, though, pretty sure it would be a Browning or Henry in .308.

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The new Hornady soft tipped bullets for lever actions are a great improvement in the 30-30 and other ammunition designed for leveractions/
Lever-revolution, I think it is.
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[QUOTE=OldWolf;11611953]Just so you know, the 30-30 is reloader friendly, too. As a side note, I have been tempted to get a 30-30 barrel for my Contender, but never have yet got around to it.
I have a 30-30 barrel for my Contender. Loaded with a spritzer style bullet it is very accurate and has a bit more range. It is the wrong caliber for this discussion but I do have a Henry Long Ranger 223. It is a bit more expensive than the OP mentioned but a great shooter. A Long Ranger in 243 would be a great compromise for a handloader, light varmint bullets, heavier for deer. The plus to me is that it feeds from a magazine.
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I use the Marlin 1894 in .44 magnum for deer and it drops them right where they stand.
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