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 Any idea about value Mrlin 30-30 made in 1966, deer carving in stock
Bob3  [Member]
9/10/2012 6:55:52 AM
Guy I know is selling a Marlin 30-30. Says was made in 1966 and has a deer carved into buttstock.

I was looking into getting a lever action rifle. But Im kind of hesitant about getting one from 1966 that who knows how it was abused.
Just wondering if anybody knew anything about them, or ever heard of the model.


nhsport  [Team Member]
9/10/2012 8:07:40 AM
A gun like that likely just sat in the corner. Many of them were bought as a hunting guns and used a couple of days a year. Most hunters either hunt actively for a handfull of years or get so into it they buy 8 different guns and the lever gets pushed into the back of the closet.

The guns that are actually abused by being put away wet or dirty,banged around in the trunk or behind the seat of a truck will look bad with a quick inspection.
Look for rust and scratches
Rack the action for smoothness
dry fire to check trigger
look down bore
inspect the crown for nicks,dents,or abuseive overcleaning
Check sights for bent or missing parts
check wood for dents and cracks

The Marlins and Winchesters made back in the 1960s were better fitted and finished and generally built with way more pride than anything we have seen in the last 30 years. Unless somebody has missused them over the years they are to be sought out and treasured

If you can accept the price and the cosmetic appearance there is no reason to shy away from a older lever gun. You really don't ever see a centerfire lever gun that has been worn out by shooting

Check bluebook value and look hard at the deer carveing. I don't recall any factory carveing. If it was done by a owner it likely would take 40 % to 60% away from the blue book value so if you can live with the looks it could be a great value. If it was some special factory model the rarity of it could push the value into the insane area.

Lever guns used to be fairly cheap.back 8 or 10 years ago every gun shop had a bunch in their racks, you could buy new ones for $380 and regular used ones were $285 and there were always the slightly beat up but useable guns for $150 on up. Winchester died (was killed) and Marlin was bought out and put out nothing for a time and then crap for a time. Reports are getting better but the Marlins are a poor copy of previous guns . Mossberg makes a lever gun but they are pretty rough. Henry and a couple of the other european reproductions seem nice but they are pretty expensive . I guess nice guns always were expensive

At any rate any of the decent or useable older Marlins and Winchesters that are slowly makeing their way out of grandpa's closet get grabbed up and marked up pretty quik. Get them while you can!
Bob3  [Member]
9/10/2012 8:36:21 PM
THanks. I will have to take a look at it.

Hes asking $400, probly get him down some.

Work with the guy, but took a mental health day so will try to get him to email me some pics.

I did little googling and I think they were made for Spiegel Company stores
jp_72  [Member]
9/10/2012 8:55:15 PM
Quoting $400 for the rifle is not too high but he can come down some and not lose his a$$. Does it come with a scope or just iron sights? I bought my son a Marlin 30-30 with a 4 power scope that was manufactured in 1968 for just under $300 three years ago. Not a mark on it, shoots straight as a string and he's already bagged 3 bucks with it. Points nicely and knocks down what it is supposed to knock down. He uses it to hunt white tails and the 30-30 is deadly accurate out to 200yds. Depending on where you hunt it can be a good game getter.
Bob3  [Member]
9/11/2012 12:36:32 AM
He said it has a scope.
Not sure of what, supposed to email me pics and details.

Ammo seems a bit pricey. CLose to a buck a round.

What would you say is fair price to offer if its in pretty good shape?