Rem 7400 or Marlin 30-30


September 3, 2009, 08:35 PM
Need some opinions on which one of these rifles to get. The Marlin is new, the 7400 is a used late 80's model in 270 win thats in excellent shape. It has a blued finish with high gloss wood. Price is the same for each rifle. The main use will be deer and black bear hunting under 100 yds. I'm leaning towards the 7400 because I like the glossy finish, the checkering, and I am partial to the 270. Opinions please.


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September 3, 2009, 08:38 PM
It's up to you, but be aware that the 7400 will require MUCH more maintenance.

September 3, 2009, 08:39 PM
isnt 270 to small for bear? and id go with the marlin

September 3, 2009, 08:40 PM
Remington is not my favorite rifle manufacturer...and the 7400 is pretty poor even by Rem. standards IMO...Marlin 30-30 is a classic; it performs well, points well, and is very reliable. :)

September 3, 2009, 09:04 PM
I'm partial to the Remington's, and the 270 Win is sweet and will extend your range 100yds more than the 30-30.
I have a friend with 2 M7400's in 308 and 30-06 and they will both shoot 1" at 100yds with handloads, and do it reliably.


September 3, 2009, 09:16 PM
You didn't say how much, so I will throw classic beauty and modern detachable magazine with rotating bolt tech into the mix.

This in .308 would be my choice. Around $650 so if I jumped you on price I didn't know how much the two referenced above were.

Handling is extremely nice and works with open sights or a scope. 6.8 lbs. 40 inches LOA.

September 3, 2009, 11:19 PM
I'm not sure. I think if I was trying to decide between the two it would be a really tough choice. For what you want though I tend to say normally I'd go with the .270 over the 30-30 however I'm just not sure about the 7400. I've never personally shot a 7400 although I do have a friend that has one. I've heard they are about like the Browning BAR's accuracy wise and you can't expect super tight groups. However, others have said they are getting 1" groups or so at 100 yards so I'm not sure. Either way for bear and deer they should be find.

I guess I'd honestly pick the 7400 probably if I had to pick and couldn't pick both. However, it would be a tough choice and I'm not sure I wouldn't look for another model in a .270 or 30-06 or something similar. I'm just not a huge Remington fan.

September 3, 2009, 11:34 PM
I agree.

September 11, 2009, 10:52 AM
Thanks for the replies. Looks like I'm going a different route and will get a Savage 110 in 270 win.

September 11, 2009, 12:59 PM
That sounds like a great choice. They look to be super nice rifles. I'd love to have one myself.

September 11, 2009, 01:14 PM
If you like Remingtons go for a 7600 rather than the semi auto. I like marlins myself...

September 11, 2009, 01:21 PM
The Savage 110 is a great rifle, I am sure it will serve you quite well. :)

Steve Marshall
September 11, 2009, 03:42 PM
The 740 series of Remington were not the best. The pumps however were outstanding. I know that wasn't your original question...but. The semi Remington 740 series rifles have a dismal reliability and accuracy record. That's not to say they're all bad, I just never encountered a good one whereas I have encountered several bad one.

September 11, 2009, 03:47 PM
The newer 750 is supposed to be much improved over the 7400 (changes to the gas ports). I don't think I'd get one of the older versions.

I like Marlins, and if you're shooting 100 yards or less, the .30-30 should work fine. .270's best attribute is MPBR >300 yards, not something that matters to you.

Really, though, I'd probably get a bolt gun. Ease of cleaning and maintenance are a big plus.

September 11, 2009, 04:37 PM
Picked the Savage up today. It's a model 111 combo with a detachable magazine. I'm changing the scope out to a Bushnell Banner 3x-9x-40 I have sitting around and will head to the range this evening.

September 12, 2009, 09:10 AM
I've got a 7400 in .270. It is what i call hunting accurate but will hurt your feelings if you try to punch paper with it. That being said, it has been my go to deer rifle for 17 years. I have bolt actions are more accurate and lever guns that are probably more practical for the type of hunting I do. When I find something that I like better that is what i will hunt with.

BTW- I can't speak for all 7400's but I have NEVER had a failure of any kind out of mine

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