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Posted: 3/26/2008 4:39:51 PM EST
For a couple of months I've had a hankering for a short levergun, Ive kicked around the idea
of a .357, .44, 30-30, .35, or 45-70. I let fate take its course and I happened upon a used Glenfield Marlin 30A in 30-30win and decided to make a nice "all around" rifle capable of dealing with any sub 250lb, sub 200 yard problem which should arise. Light enough to be carried all day, and handy enough to want to be carried.
I had the barrel and mag tube chopped to 16.5" and recrowned. Added XS sight systems ghostrings and rail. I plan to add an Aimpoint Micro H1. I added a recoil pad and Bondo stippled the grip and forearm. Finally i Duracoated the metal in Matte Black and the stocks in Woodland Tan.
I'm happy with the results, Here's a few pics.



Comparison of other "Handy" firearms in overall length and weight
Levergun: 35" to the muzzle
14" Mossberg: 34" not counting the light
Carbine: 35 1/2"
AK74: 36 1/2"
10" Ar15: 31" with stock extended


Weight comparisons
30-30 levergun: 7 1/2 lbs with a full tube (5 rounds)

AK74 with full mag: 8 1/2 lbs with full 30 rounder

M1 carbine with 2 loaded 15 rounders in stock pouch: 7 1/2 lbs

Mossberg SBS with 5 in the tube: 8 lbs

AR15 SBR with full 30 rounder: 9 lbs


The 30-30 outclasses the rest in power except maybe the 12ga slug up close, effective range is very similar. Capacity and reload and shot splits are lacking, short of a full on zombie invasion I'll take the trade-offs.

Udog
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:44:27 PM EST
That gun screams "YEEEEE HAWWWWW!!!!"
I love it!
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:45:50 PM EST
Nice job.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:47:39 PM EST
very cool. i'd like to do the same with a 336 i have in 35 rem.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:48:35 PM EST
Very interesting. You could have drilled holes in the stock to remove 4 to 6 ozs. Not that 4 to 6 ozs matters much.

How long is the LOP? 13"? 13.5"?

Thanks for posting. Looking forward to more stories/pics.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:49:34 PM EST
What sling is that?
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:53:37 PM EST

Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:
What sling is that?


Looks like a VTAC.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:55:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By RedFalconBill:
Very interesting. You could have drilled holes in the stock to remove 4 to 6 ozs. Not that 4 to 6 ozs matters much.

How long is the LOP? 13"? 13.5"?

Thanks for posting. Looking forward to more stories/pics.


LOP is right about 13.5"
Ramline makes a synthetic stockset for the 336's. Some reports say they feel "cheap" and hollow. I initially planned to use these as the factory 336's forearms are really wide. This Glenfield was made in 72' and came with thinner stocks which I liked, Plus they were free.
The ramlines would be lighter and a winny 94 would save some weight over the Marlins chunky action. Overall I like the feel of the wood and the balance is perfect.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:55:40 PM EST
Thats what I thought, but no quick release?
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 4:56:06 PM EST

Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:
What sling is that?

Vickers
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:02:57 PM EST
Nice !

I would have left the wood natural, but that is just my personal preference. Good looking gun you got there !
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:05:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/26/2008 5:06:25 PM EST by underdog75]

Originally Posted By weptek911:
Nice !

I would have left the wood natural, but that is just my personal preference. Good looking gun you got there !


The stocks has some serious flaws, were beech and had stamped in deer scenes, had been drilled and cracked in the forearm and drilled 3 times crookedly in the rear for swivels.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:09:54 PM EST
How much for the scale?

One heck of a rifle!
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:10:45 PM EST
very nice
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:12:16 PM EST
isnt there a yost custom 30-30?

either way i love the "tactical" (damn i hate that word) levers.

A large hole lever would be my only addition
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:13:07 PM EST
That is one bad ass fudd gun!
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:13:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By avenger44:
How much for the scale?

One heck of a rifle!


My lovely, Hormonal pregnant wife says No on the scale, she can shoot too... so I think that means No.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:14:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By Got_Guns:
isnt there a yost custom 30-30?

either way i love the "tactical" (damn i hate that word) levers.

A large hole lever would be my only addition


Yes, around 1500 usd, ive got $275 in it as you see it.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:18:02 PM EST

Very cool.

Ya know, a couple of years ago I picked up a 336 .30-30 with something like that in mind.


Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:25:06 PM EST
I like it.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:25:12 PM EST
tag
I like it.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:25:32 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/13/2008 12:43:07 PM EST by JohnRippert]
When I was in my early 20s I had a Winchester .44 mag carbine and a S&W 4in Model 29. Like an idiot I sold them when I thought I was in need of money. They were a great combo.



Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:31:30 PM EST
I like it.

I've been thinking of that same project.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:40:30 PM EST
I been looking at a Marlin in 444 Marlin with a ported barrel...... sweet looking lever. Lever is a good back up or truck gun...
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 5:50:35 PM EST
What did it cost you to have the barrel and tube chopped? Could you give us the name of the guy who did that part of the work?

There is a lot of these old gems kicking around,some with a buggered or badly cleaned crown so the chop job should bring it back to life.

I like,guess I need to keep an eye out for another Marlin.



Everybody likes to piss on the 30/30 cartridge but it has lots going for it. About as cheep as any rifle cartridge,available anywhere , nice compromise on power,heavy enough for most anything in the lower 48 if you don't try any "hail mary" shots but light enough that even kids and lightweight folks don't get pounded .
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 6:02:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 3/26/2008 6:03:20 PM EST by underdog75]

Originally Posted By nhsport:
What did it cost you to have the barrel and tube chopped? Could you give us the name of the guy who did that part of the work?

There is a lot of these old gems kicking around,some with a buggered or badly cleaned crown so the chop job should bring it back to life.

I like,guess I need to keep an eye out for another Marlin.



Everybody likes to piss on the 30/30 cartridge but it has lots going for it. About as cheep as any rifle cartridge,available anywhere , nice compromise on power,heavy enough for most anything in the lower 48 if you don't try any "hail mary" shots but light enough that even kids and lightweight folks don't get pounded .


Sure, the smiths name is Bill Myers, he's in Luray, Virginia. Do a Google and he'll pop up, He does a lot of Bent rest, .22 50/50, and 1000 yard guns. He's an ex coworker of mine so I'd rather not quote the price as I may have gotten a discount.
45-70, 450 marlin, and 444 trumps the Turdy turdy in power, but unless the Zombies are riding Grizzlies the 30-30 is plenty for me. 35rem is nice but a little less common. 357mag
requires greater than revolver pressures to compete with the 30-30 thus negating the .357's biggest advantage, rifle/handgun commonalty. The 44mag is more than comparable, actually, stronger up close and can use .44sp for plinking. But alas I dont not have a .44 handgun so 30-30 is for me.
Link Posted: 3/26/2008 6:15:44 PM EST

Originally Posted By underdog75:

Originally Posted By weptek911:
Nice !

I would have left the wood natural, but that is just my personal preference. Good looking gun you got there !


The stocks has some serious flaws, were beech and had stamped in deer scenes, had been drilled and cracked in the forearm and drilled 3 times crookedly in the rear for swivels.


It looks great. I did not mean that to sound critical. I know some wood stocks are not restorable.
Link Posted: 3/27/2008 10:44:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/27/2008 10:45:34 AM EST by racezilla500]

Originally Posted By underdog75:

Originally Posted By Got_Guns:
isnt there a yost custom 30-30?

either way i love the "tactical" (damn i hate that word) levers.

A large hole lever would be my only addition


Yes, around 1500 usd, ive got $275 in it as you see it.


Care to break down that figure?
With the sights, rail, gunsmith labor, sling, duracoat, bondo, and not to mention the initial price of the rifle....that seems to be a staggering low price.

edit: forgot to add sling!
Link Posted: 3/27/2008 12:00:52 PM EST

Originally Posted By racezilla500:

Originally Posted By underdog75:

Originally Posted By Got_Guns:
isnt there a yost custom 30-30?

either way i love the "tactical" (damn i hate that word) levers.

A large hole lever would be my only addition


Yes, around 1500 usd, ive got $275 in it as you see it.


Care to break down that figure?
With the sights, rail, gunsmith labor, sling, duracoat, bondo, and not to mention the initial price of the rifle....that seems to be a staggering low price.

edit: forgot to add sling!


Rifle used:75$
Cut and chop:75$
Duracoat:Free
Sights and Misc missing rifle parts:125$
Sling and butt pad From my junk pile
Total 275$
Link Posted: 3/27/2008 3:34:39 PM EST
thats frickin' awesome

guess i'm going to the gun show this weekend after all
Link Posted: 3/27/2008 4:19:57 PM EST
Do you know yet if you will be able to co-witness the sights with the micro Aimpoint on there? I also have a Marlin 336 and was thinking of doing something similar to yours.

p.s. my pug approves of your levergun
Link Posted: 3/27/2008 7:08:19 PM EST
No the micro will not cowitness.
Link Posted: 3/27/2008 10:09:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By underdog75:

Originally Posted By racezilla500:

Originally Posted By underdog75:

Originally Posted By Got_Guns:
isnt there a yost custom 30-30?

either way i love the "tactical" (damn i hate that word) levers.

A large hole lever would be my only addition


Yes, around 1500 usd, ive got $275 in it as you see it.


Care to break down that figure?
With the sights, rail, gunsmith labor, sling, duracoat, bondo, and not to mention the initial price of the rifle....that seems to be a staggering low price.

edit: forgot to add sling!


Rifle used:75$
Cut and chop:75$
Duracoat:Free
Sights and Misc missing rifle parts:125$
Sling and butt pad From my junk pile
Total 275$


Now I understand. I've got to find the rifle on the cheap!
Thanks man.
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 4:17:20 AM EST
Holy cow man, that is an awesome rifle. I've been wanting to do a disturbingly identical build for at least a year or so now, just never had the money and motivation at the same time. I mean creepily like your setup; Marlin pistol caliber 1894 (or 95) with a scout rail, sling, ghost rings, hell, even a damn micro dot sight.

Seriously, sweet rifle, makes me want to make one.

Also every other gun you posted is f*ing awesome.
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 9:02:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/28/2008 9:06:32 AM EST by Yojimbo]
Hot damn, I like that a lot! Great job on the mods!

I'm going to have to get one like that for me. I wouuldn't mind .44 mag so it work as a duo with my 629.
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 9:10:22 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/28/2008 9:14:47 AM EST by chewbacca]
Very cool! Who did the barrel and mag work?

ETA: I see.
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 3:43:15 PM EST
That is so fucking cool!

I want it.
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 4:08:17 PM EST
I like it. I have always kicked the idea around of getting a guide gun in 45-70.....Yours makes me think of that again.....my wallet does not thank you
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 4:17:58 PM EST
I've always wanted to get a carbine lever in .44. I kinda tinkered with the idea of chopping a 30-30,I just didn't want to do it with my only one! If I can find one for as cheap as the one you got,well,hell,looks like my G/f's gonna have to explain another black eye to the neighbors!(J/K!)
I like everything but the stock. I'm more of a wood guy when it comes to hunting rifles. Although I understand that yours were FUBAR. Very nice piece!
Link Posted: 3/28/2008 7:31:09 PM EST
Outstanding!

Reminded me of the Wild West Guns Copilot. Unlike that weapon though, I might be able to afford this.

I really like this rifle. Heck of a nice job!
Link Posted: 3/30/2008 4:08:09 AM EST
I love it. I have a Marlin Guide gun 45-70 as my primary hunting gun (when I ever go out anymore) and love the way it handles in the woods. If I ever get a .30 can for my M1A and AR, I was really thinking if doing what you did, but hanging a quick mount FH off the front. How many rounds can you get stuffed in there now?
Link Posted: 3/30/2008 5:37:56 AM EST
magazine is 5+1
Link Posted: 5/18/2008 4:39:57 PM EST
Nice looking rifle, I as a lot others have toyed with the same idea. I want pretty much your setup just with wood stock. Lucky man getting it for $75, thats sweet.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 12:27:14 PM EST
I like it a lot.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 2:11:55 PM EST
Post more pics when you get the micro on it!

Link Posted: 7/13/2008 2:20:30 PM EST
Tell me about the AK
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 3:51:33 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/13/2008 3:56:02 PM EST by Gone_Shootin]

Originally Posted By underdog75:

Originally Posted By nhsport:
What did it cost you to have the barrel and tube chopped? Could you give us the name of the guy who did that part of the work?

There is a lot of these old gems kicking around,some with a buggered or badly cleaned crown so the chop job should bring it back to life.

I like,guess I need to keep an eye out for another Marlin.



Everybody likes to piss on the 30/30 cartridge but it has lots going for it. About as cheep as any rifle cartridge,available anywhere , nice compromise on power,heavy enough for most anything in the lower 48 if you don't try any "hail mary" shots but light enough that even kids and lightweight folks don't get pounded .


Sure, the smiths name is Bill Myers, he's in Luray, Virginia. Do a Google and he'll pop up, He does a lot of Bent rest, .22 50/50, and 1000 yard guns. He's an ex coworker of mine so I'd rather not quote the price as I may have gotten a discount.
45-70, 450 marlin, and 444 trumps the Turdy turdy in power, but unless the Zombies are riding Grizzlies the 30-30 is plenty for me. 35rem is nice but a little less common. 357mag
requires greater than revolver pressures to compete with the 30-30 thus negating the .357's biggest advantage, rifle/handgun commonalty. The 44mag is more than comparable, actually, stronger up close and can use .44sp for plinking. But alas I dont not have a .44 handgun so 30-30 is for me.


You can get a Magnum Research BFR in .30-30 to go with that carbine.

Then again they're expensive.
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 4:46:28 PM EST
Interesting...............Very Interesting...........
Link Posted: 7/13/2008 6:27:11 PM EST
That lever is awesome. Only thing I would change is the color.


- BG
Link Posted: 7/20/2008 9:49:59 AM EST

Originally Posted By cobra-ak:
Tell me about the AK


ORF Bulgi 74,
Thanks everyone, If everything goes as planned look for a Pugsli write-up in a major firearm publication.
Link Posted: 7/21/2008 3:36:45 PM EST
can we get a range report on how the accuracy looks? VERY tempting gun.

I LIKE short guns & black knives.
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