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Posted: 8/30/2003 7:58:48 AM EDT
I have wanted a 357/38spl lever gun for years to go with my revolvers. I had a marlin 30-30 for awhile and really like it.....I know winchester, marlin, navy arms (rossi) have lever actions, are there any others and what are peoples opinions.....
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 2:44:14 PM EDT
I have the Marlin 1894CL .38 spec/ .357 Mag. Shoots great and feels better than my two Winchester 94's. MIKE.
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 2:48:14 PM EDT
I stick to Winchester and Marlin. Of the two, I prefer the Winchester in brush, the Marlin in open, scope country.
Link Posted: 8/30/2003 8:58:07 PM EDT
Link Posted: 8/31/2003 9:52:29 PM EDT
Not to sound arrogant but Marlin all the way.
Link Posted: 9/1/2003 5:18:34 AM EDT
I agree with Mr. Cole 100% on this one.
A Marlin in .38/.357 is overbuilt and will most likely outlive most of their owners.
I'm just amazed at how well built the marlins are. They have maintained a high degree of quality where as I feel the Winchesters are not as impressive.
A friend has a Marlin 45/70 and it is an excellent leveraction.
I was looking at getting a lever in .45 Colt and was very disapointed in what Winchester offered.

Link Posted: 9/1/2003 11:14:16 AM EDT
As far as the Marlins being stronger, that may be the case but the Winchester is strong enough. My dad has a couple Winchesters that are 70+ years old and have seen heavy use, and they still work.

As I see it, the differnce between the Winchester and the Mossberg is the difference between a carbine and a rifle. The Winchester is light and handy, a joy to carry. The Marlins are bigger and in my experience more comfortable to shoot.

In my opinion and experience the Winchesters are better looking guns.

I would not buy either gun, but I'm prejudiced against lever rifles.
Link Posted: 9/3/2003 4:38:58 PM EDT
Marlins don't require a side mounted scope.

rk
Link Posted: 9/3/2003 5:57:44 PM EDT
One of the dumbest things I ever did (and man, as I get older is that list gettin' outta control!), was sell my Marlin 1894. That was the sweetest little rifle I've ever shot. It'd kill a bowling pin at 125 yards with every pull of the trigger. Didn't need no scope. It's like that gun pointed itself.

Go for it...you won't be disappointed.
Link Posted: 9/3/2003 5:59:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2003 6:01:38 PM EDT by Javelin]
Oops, sorry.....double posted.............

Did I mention I really liked that Marlin???
Link Posted: 9/4/2003 6:00:01 AM EDT
With a Marlin you get more than you pay for. They're tough as nails. Can't comment on Winchester since I've never had one.
Link Posted: 9/4/2003 6:15:35 AM EDT
20 years ago, I purchased a Marlin 336 and have been hunting with that gun ever since, It's gone with me every time, all kinds of weather, been rained on, snowed on, dropped a few times and still looks great, works perfectly, never any problems.

Marlins are great rifles!!!!!!
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 8:23:49 AM EDT
I have a Marlin 1984CP with an Ashley Outdoors ghost ring sight...it shoots great and I like the way it handles. I also have an older 30-30 336. It shoots great too. I shoot the shit of of both of them.

The only weak link with the marlins are the ejectors..they break. However they still work 'cause I bought my 336 with a broken ejector and it still worked. I discovered that the ejector was broke when I broke the gun down to clean it. Just replace it with a better aftermarket model or get a spare and you will have no worries.

Ghost rings really make the difference on lever guns in my opinion.
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 12:02:19 PM EDT

Originally Posted By MHPDblue:
I have a Marlin 1984CP with an Ashley Outdoors ghost ring sight...


This is the way to go. I need to get a sight like this for my 1894CS that I have in .357.
Even with the stock sights it shoots great. If I ever get around to building the strong box for my truck, this is the gun that will go in it.
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 1:22:28 PM EDT
Have a Winchester 94 in 45 Colt. Wanted it in 357 but they are hard to find in that caliber and this one was on sale.


Fun gun. The heavy Ruger Blackhawk loads thump pretty hard, but the cowboy loads are nothing.

Marlins are nicer but way more money than I wanted to spend for a fun gun.

Link Posted: 9/5/2003 3:25:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By BobCole:
Not to sound arrogant but Marlin all the way.

I was totally inpressed with the 38\357 carbine.....it was so beautiful when we opened the box...I HAD to buy it....with 357 high velocity loads....that gun will drop a whitetail..(reasonable distance) with no problem......you will not regret it....and it will shoot 38 reloads all day for target and fun....just keep it clean......
Link Posted: 9/5/2003 3:29:52 PM EDT
No real opinion here, but I did end up with my grandfathers deer rifle, a Winchester 94 in 30-30.
Link Posted: 9/7/2003 2:50:20 AM EDT
All my rifles, in my hands my 336 feels better than any. I have more high $ ones but the Marlin was my first love and it never has left.
Link Posted: 9/7/2003 4:54:57 AM EDT

Marlins don't require a side mounted scope.

Winchesters dont either, unless you have an older gun. Personally, I dont see the point of scoping a lever gun, I think it takes all the handiness out of them. The AO type ghost ring is probably the best of both worlds. Its a do-it yourself five minute mount on the newer guns using existing scope mount holes. Its fast to use and, gives good accuracy, wont snag on things and is rock solid. The old Williams type reciever sights lack in all of that except the accuracy part.
All in all, I think the Winchesters are lighter, and smoother than the Marlins. The Trapper models are very handy and also available in 30-30 giving a little more oompf and range than the pistol rounds.
Link Posted: 9/7/2003 5:10:00 PM EDT
With my eyes I don't do open sights very good. I had a 1.5-4.5 weaver on mine for a long time. The 1.5 low end worked great back when we were running deer with dogs(approx 25 yr. ago)
Link Posted: 9/8/2003 6:01:37 AM EDT
How about this.... I got a buddy that threaded the barrel on a .30-30 he had... Puts his .30 cal supressor on it and loads subsonic ammo.

TACTICAL LEVER GUN!! HA!!
Link Posted: 9/9/2003 4:08:50 PM EDT
Don't ever think that if they ever are able to confiscate all of our AR's that next they won't be after the "rapid firing" lever action. They will show the opening scene of "The Rifleman" series from the 1960's over and over.

Just something to think about.

Be that as it may... I like Marlin 336 .30-30, and bought my Dad one for his birthday a few years ago. A smooth piece of machinery.
Link Posted: 9/11/2003 7:54:37 AM EDT
I had a Marlin 336c and a 39m. They stood up to my very severe abuse. Never had a problem. BobK
Link Posted: 9/12/2003 5:28:52 AM EDT
I have a 1970 Winchester '94 Trapper in 30-30 and a Marlin 336 (24" barrel) made in 1943.

The 1943 Marlin still shoots like it's brand new.

I don't think you'd be wrong buying either brand.
Link Posted: 9/13/2003 4:02:42 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/13/2003 5:08:56 PM EDT by Dodgeram]
Just got the 1894SS a few weeks ago(.44mag), love it, I bought that one first cause I can use the same rounds in my pistol. But I want to get the .45-70 real soo too, since I found a revolver that has that caliber also :-)
Link Posted: 9/16/2003 12:22:40 AM EDT
ok so whats the deal with the new pish button safety on the marlin rifles now? i havent heard anything about it excpet for a few people mentioning it on the boards.
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 8:07:11 AM EDT
I want a Win 94 or Marlin in 500 S&W Mag!
Link Posted: 9/17/2003 10:41:14 AM EDT
What's the muzzle blast like on the 16 inch 30-30's. I was thinking of picking one up next weekend at one of the upcoming funshows.

I would imagine it would be fierce but nothing that could not be dealt with. Furthermore how does losing 4 inches or so of barrel affect the ballistics?

thanks
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