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Liebestraum
07-16-2012, 08:35
Thinking my next long gun purchase will be a Lever Action and I'm curious who makes the best quality for the dollars right now. Chiappa makes some nice looking rifles, as does Henry, though I would prefer the side loading opposed to Henry's tube loading method. I have heard both Marlin and Winchester are on the downhill slope when it comes to fit and finish. Is there any company I'm missing as well? What say you?

P.S. Primary purpose would be medium to large game hunting and target shooting.

Three-Five-Seven
07-16-2012, 08:44
Browning.

1gewehr
07-16-2012, 08:50
Older Marlins (pre-2000) are uniformly excellent. If it doesn't have a push-button safety, that's the easiest indicator to see.
The Savage 99 is probably the best full-power lever rifle ever made.

Bob Hafler
07-16-2012, 09:16
Older Marlins (pre-2000) are uniformly excellent. If it doesn't have a push-button safety, that's the easiest indicator to see.
The Savage 99 is probably the best full-power lever rifle ever made.
Don't know if it's the best but I do love my 1981 336 30/30.

bwvan
07-16-2012, 09:36
Marlin1895G in .45-70

davsco
07-16-2012, 13:06
browning blr is my favorite. box magazine (not tube) and the trigger travels with the lever so no pinching your fingers when cocking the gun. assortment of medium to big-game calibers.

L Pete
07-16-2012, 13:43
Marlin......

vafish
07-16-2012, 14:40
Marlin.

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sglock45
07-16-2012, 14:56
pre 64 Winchester

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countrygun
07-16-2012, 15:03
The Savage 99 is probably the best full-power lever rifle ever made.

Well that or the Winchester 88:supergrin:

DGreno
07-16-2012, 15:48
I would look for a 70's or 80's Marlin. I have a 1974 336 that is excellent. Added a set of Skinner sights and it will do what I need it to at 150+ yds all day long.

awpk03s
07-16-2012, 16:25
A Rossi '92 is a great rifle. Mine is an absolutely champ.

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45 Long Colt. 12 round magazine, stainless action and 24" octagon barrel.

stopatrain
07-16-2012, 16:49
Marlin, pre Remington purchase

nvsmith
10-31-2012, 12:28
-An older Marlin, unless you can find a good Savage 99 at a reasonable price.

K.Kiser
10-31-2012, 15:16
I've got a 1972 Marlin 336 that is a very fine deer rifle, had another Marlin 30AS that got stolen, and have hunted with a family model 94 Winchester... All are very nice, but they come in behind a Browning BLR...

countrygun
10-31-2012, 17:44
I've got a 1972 Marlin 336 that is a very fine deer rifle, had another Marlin 30AS that got stolen, and have hunted with a family model 94 Winchester... All are very nice, but they come in behind a Browning BLR...

Well, considering they are in the rimmed, over 100 year old round, and the BLR is designed around more modern rimless rounds, and the BLR is generally much more expensive, that preference is understandable.

Bren
10-31-2012, 18:08
Marlin1895G in .45-70

I have one - not "older" - and it's a great gun.

K.Kiser
10-31-2012, 19:49
Well, considering they are in the rimmed, over 100 year old round, and the BLR is designed around more modern rimless rounds, and the BLR is generally much more expensive, that preference is understandable.

My comment wasn't pertaining to the cartridge itself, as I was commenting on the actual rifle... It is more expensive, but given other inquiries that the original poster commented on the BLR is within his price range...

ronin.45
10-31-2012, 19:51
Marlin, pre Remington purchase

This^

countrygun
10-31-2012, 19:52
My comment wasn't pertaining to the cartridge itself, as I was commenting on the actual rifle... It is more expensive, but given other inquiries that the original poster commented on the BLR is within his price range...

Oh, i agree but the Savage 99, Win 88 and BLR are pretty much in their own special category. The only lever I don't have an example of that's been discussed is the BLR. If I find a TD model.....

K.Kiser
10-31-2012, 20:30
^^ On that note, I need to admit no experience with the 99 or 88... Don't recall ever hearing anything bad about them, just lots of praises so surely they stack up highly with the other top notch and trusted levers..

countrygun
10-31-2012, 20:56
^^ On that note, I need to admit no experience with the 99 or 88... Don't recall ever hearing anything bad about them, just lots of praises so surely they stack up highly with the other top notch and trusted levers..

The 88s are/were hit or miss on accuracy, probably related to bedding of the stock. I'm lucky, my Dad's is a tack driver, but they all have gritty triggers without much recourse-it's the design. they Beat me bore than any other .308 I own, stock design I think. A much lighter Rem 600 bolt is easy for me to shoot until I run out of ammo.

I have 5 99s and they are simply great. They can be accurate and most of them are GTG for hunting.

Odd to think that the 99 Savage design isn't that much newer than the 94 Winchester or the Marlin 336's ancestor.

Kentucky Shooter
10-31-2012, 21:03
Best option is a JM stamped Marlin

ChuteTheMall
10-31-2012, 21:27
Depends on what caliber you want; if you want something more powerful than .38spl/.357magnum, or .45 colt, then a Marlin in .45-70 or .30-30 might be it.

Uberti totally dominates cowboy action shooting, with Marlins a distant second, with Winchester and Rossi very far behind. Henrys rarely show up more than once.

Ubertis carry many brands, including Cimarron, EMF, Taylor's, Beretta, etc. And .38s are much cheaper to feed than .45s. especially when you shoot ten rounds as fast as possible, and repeat on about 5 stages per day.

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A Rossi M92 costs about $400, a Uberti '73 can be two or three times that price and well worth it for competition. Rolex > Timex.

byf43
11-01-2012, 08:40
Marlin1895G in .45-70

Marlin......

Marlin.

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Marlin, pre Remington purchase

Best option is a JM stamped Marlin

^^^Quoted for truth!!!!^^^


Marlin 1895G!!

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