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How about a Lever Action 30/30?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by NWAttorney, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. NWAttorney

    NWAttorney Well-Known Member

    In reading all the great comments about the virtues of various military caliber semis, how about a regular lever action 30-30?

    -This would be viewed as a good-guy gun by police/neighbors,
    -can shoot more than a regular bolt action,
    -is fine for most hunting,
    -you can always keep them topped off.
    -don't have to worry so much about mechanical malfunctions
    -probably won't ever be banned (if it ever is, then it really would be worst case scenario).
    -can find 30-30 anywhere
    -you could "patrol" your property (if you live in the country) without being suspect.

    The main reasons AGAINST it are:

    -can't rapid fire like a semi auto (in case of gangs, zombies, or WW3),
    -can't reload 20rounds like you can a magazine fed gun
    -doesn't have the extreme range that a 30-06, 308 or .223 does.
    -no surplus ammo, so it is more expensive to feed.

    Anybody think about a lever action? I'd love to hear any views (pro & con).


  2. Heavy Metal Hero

    Heavy Metal Hero Well-Known Member

    Hasn't this been discussed numerous times? I forsee a closed thread.
  3. NWAttorney

    NWAttorney Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it has. I've only been reading this list for about 2 months and have not seen it. If it has, I apologize.
  4. OldWolf

    OldWolf Well-Known Member

  5. NWAttorney

    NWAttorney Well-Known Member

    Thanks OldWolf. That is exactly the kind of information I'm looking for.
  6. mainmech48

    mainmech48 Well-Known Member

    IMO, while one might be able to do 'better', one could certainly do a lot worse.
  7. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Check out the advanced search function, this has been addressed several times.
  8. mpmarty

    mpmarty Well-Known Member

    The only drawback I'm familiar with is in the "heat of the moment" short stroking the lever causes all sorts of unhappiness. A semi auto with full power mil spec ammo removes this dangerous chance of stress induced failure to fire.
  9. roscoe

    roscoe Well-Known Member

    It is a perfectly capable firearm - I have two for exactly the reasons you listed (in 30-30 and a short one in .45 Colt). If you buy one, make sure you practice enough so that it feels like an extension of your arm. Your abilities are much more important than the selection of rifle. Practice in all manner of circumstances: cold, heat, at dusk, in the bright sunlight, when you are tired, and at at ranges from 25 yards to 300 yards - then you should have confidence from knowledge in yourself and your rifle.

    By the way - with regard to 'rapid fire', I can fire my 30-30 almost as fast as my SKS, assuming I am actually aiming at the target. Just lever the action while reacquiring the target.
  10. Hazzard

    Hazzard Well-Known Member

    A lever action can be very quick with follow up shots. I'ts all about practice. Although you will probably hear (or may have heard) how anemic the 30-30 is it is actually a very good short to medium range round. To drop most targets you really don't need a cannon, just a well placed shot. Zombies may be a different scenario, however. I've never hunted zombies so I have no experience here.
  11. SSN Vet

    SSN Vet Well-Known Member

    you might consider a lever action in .357 or .44 mag.

    greater capacity in the tube and very capable out to 100 yds.

    Using Katrina as a SHTF test case...does anyone think they would be able to justify using deadly force at a range greater than that?
  12. Titan6

    Titan6 member

    I am not so sure what you mean by ''can shoot more than a regular bolt action''. A good mag fed bolt gun like an SMLE Enfield in .303 has it all over most any 30-30 lever action. Cheaper, more accuarate, longer range, more round capacity, more powerful round (it is heavier).

    It is also prettier than a Mosin.
  13. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    OK I'll take it from the top

    Where do you buy those rose colored glasses

    Except for ones that take strippers

    deer,elk and black bear and that's about it

    Kinda like a bolt action

    never dealt with a winchester much have ya?

    If it shoots it'll be banned one day

    As well as 30-06, 223, 308, 7.62x39 ect ect

    You don't live in the country do ya?
  14. eliphalet

    eliphalet Well-Known Member

    You'll tend to become a much better shot with a gun such as a lever. Autos users tend to fire to quickly and miss a lot because they know they have a follow up instantly. This is not true with all shooters, but I have observed it enough times to know it happens plenty. One well placed shot is worth a large clip full of misses. Buy the lever. If a lever of more power is wanted/needed look into the new Marlin 308. or as said already the handgun round guns hold more and are fun but both still have that nostalgic look. Even a BLR to some extent and that can be a 7 Mag
  15. ECVMatt

    ECVMatt Well-Known Member

    Even though this has been brought up before...

    it is never bad to see if new information has been brought up. I just started reading, One Ranger, about a Texas Ranger who loved his cut down Win 94. He had the bbl cut to 16 1/4 inches and had the whole thing hard chromed. He said the fellow that stood against him when he had his .30/30 was pretty much toast. I have to agree with most of the positives. Even here at the beach I can show a .30/30 to the neighbors and they don't get too tuffled.

    I prefer Marlins and can say they they are about as trouble free as you can get.

    Heck, when I was younger and spent a lot of time hanging around a ranch in TX we accidently left a Marlin on the roof of the work truck. We didn't discover our error until we hit the breaks to grap a cold one. The Marlin went flying. Although it got hammered pretty good, it worked fine.

    I think you are on the right track. Do a search to find more info. Folks that are not interested in this tread should just move on, no need to comment; be a good neighbor.

    I keep several Marlin .30/30 at any one time for all of the reasons that you listed.

    Last edited: May 1, 2007
  16. BADUNAME13

    BADUNAME13 Well-Known Member

    Everything's pretty much been covered. But let me weigh in on a few points:

    You kinda touched on this, but let me go into more (Plainer) detail: This is BS! It's ALL in the shooter.

    Katrina/Cops: ANY gun is a gun to them (I went to N.O. to help during Katrina.)

    There is a reason EBR's are used. they are more durable, and load quicker.

    I like leverguns, and if that's what I got, they will work, but if given the choice I'll take a EBR.
  17. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    I would prefer my US Rifle Cal .30 M1 or my Yugo SKS in most of the ugly situations (Zombies, SHTF, TEOTWAWKI), etc.

    That being said, if what I have in my hands when things go poo-poo is my Marlin .30-30, well "Run Whatcha Brung".

    My Marlin 30AW holds 6+1, and I have a butt cuff with 9 more already installed. It is fairly easy to shoot 1, load 1 with a lever gun.
  18. JustsayMo

    JustsayMo Well-Known Member

    Another advantage to levers (and bolts) is that you can shoot reduced loads without malfunction.

    Handloading expands the versatility. Reduced loads allow the rifleman less expensive practice with less report and low recoil. In the field one could have the first loaded cartridge with a close(r) range, quiet load for harvesting small game without notifying the rest of the county. If longer shot is required , or bigger game encountered one could simply lever in the next round.

    Anyone who has shot varmints with high velocity ammo knows there isnt a lot of meat left afterwards.

    One of the reduced loads I use is a 170gr cast bullet over pistol powder (like Red Dot). Rimfire like report and recoil and accurate out to 75 yards with very nearly the same POA as my full power 100 yard zero. Much better on game Raccoon and up than a rimfire.

    I'll have to check with the 336 but in my 1895 (same action) I can UNload the magazine through the loading gate. Handy if I come across a target rich environment and want to top off with more specialized ammo.

    Another advantage of the 30-30 levergun is the slim profile. Slimmer than a 30 M1 carbine and lighter than most other 30 caliber autoloading rifles and carbines.

    Another consideration about reloading speed and high capacity is that this comparision tends to assume the autoloading rifle has several loaded magazines on hand. If a scenario arose that required grabbing an empty rifle and a box of ammo while hurrying out the door the levergun could be put into action quicker. It would be easier to load while on the move too and the levergun could still be in action while being topped off. The levergun would not need to be set down or slung while being loaded. It remains in the hand of the user, running, walking or sitting and is ready to go mid-sentence if need be.

    Brass is easier to recover and is less likely to be damaged. When an autoloader goes off there is the report and then the tink of the brass. As a tactical consideration, if the target might or will shoot back he and his buddies will have an easier time zeroing in and flanking you if your brass is ejecting beyond your concealment and bouncing all around you.

    Depending on your specific and expected needs, I believe a levergun would be wise to consider.
  19. NWAttorney

    NWAttorney Well-Known Member

    Thanks for all the thoughtful comments on this topic.

    I especially love to hear these great comments from those who have owned 30-30 lever guns and can speak from experience. I have owned guns for about 15 years, and have over the years shot several military semi autos, including the frequently mentioned SKS. But I have an affinity for the lever 30-30, and plan to add that to my collection (Marlin 336 in SS), as well as the 1894C for .38/.357.

    I just appreciate hearing what others think about such ideas in addition to my own, just to keep from missing things. Thanks for all the friendly comments.

  20. whited

    whited Well-Known Member


    No, but it sure looks cool in the movies and video games.

    Only in wartime against an enemy on this country's soil could that be
    justified IMO.

    Or for deer.

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