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Who makes the best Lever?

Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by Liebestraum, Jul 16, 2012.

  1. Liebestraum

    Liebestraum

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    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.
     
  2. Three-Five-Seven

    Three-Five-Seven Señor Mombo Millennium Member

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    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.
     
  4. Bob Hafler

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    Don't know if it's the best but I do love my 1981 336 30/30.
     
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    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.
     
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    Marlin.

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  10. countrygun

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    Well that or the Winchester 88:supergrin:
     
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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Marlin, pre Remington purchase
     
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    -An older Marlin, unless you can find a good Savage 99 at a reasonable price.
     
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    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...
     
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    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.
     
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    I have one - not "older" - and it's a great gun.
     
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    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...
     
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    This^
     
  20. countrygun

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    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.....