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Hunting Rifle

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Apollo46, Feb 6, 2011.

  1. Apollo46

    Apollo46 Member

    Hey guys,

    I just need a word of advice, I am looking to get a lever action rifle soon. This would be my first rifle, and I want it to be a lever action. I've also never hunted before, I was wondering if that would also be a decent hunting rifle. I've been looking at the Marlin 336, not looking to break the bank, but want something decent, and I don't want to start with a .22 lr

  2. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    Well you are looking at the right gun then. The marlins are great, the mossbergs are good too. I don't know about the rossi's but out of all I would say the marlin.
  3. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    Ooh ooh forgot, if you can find a savage 99 in good condition, it is definitely a cut above the others. I love my 308 99e!
  4. snakeman

    snakeman Well-Known Member

    do a search for the 336 club its fun stuff
  5. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    The Marlin 336 is a fine gun. However, the caliber selection is somewhat limited in most lever action platforms. Therefore, my question is; what types of game at what anticipated ranges are you expecting?

    If it's whitetail deer in timber under a hundred yards, you're just fine. If it's pronghorn antelope at a significant fraction of a light year, we're gonna have to talk.

  6. Apollo46

    Apollo46 Member

    Hahaha....I'm looking to just hunt deer here in Florida at no real significant distance. I was looking at the 30-30 caliber.

  7. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    Yer good to go with the 336 in .30-30. Have fun!

  8. Haxby

    Haxby Well-Known Member

    Marlin 30-30. They must make half-a-dozen varieties. Pick the one that looks right to you and go for it.
  9. Apollo46

    Apollo46 Member

    Thanks guys! Would this be an ok rifle to put a scope on?
  10. Durty

    Durty Well-Known Member

    Yes, sir. I must agree with the previous posts. The venerable ole' 30-30 is a classic for a reason. Not just because it's old- but because still has a legitimate place in the armory among modern cartridge advancements. I took mine out and smoked an axis doe with it a couple months ago.. along with a ringtail cat and 3 coons all in the same evening. Apollo- look into Hornady LeveRevolution when you make your purchase. I bought my first box this past year and they are strangely accurate from my old Winchester 94. And one lucky bullet dropped that axis in her tracks with a clean pass through.
  11. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Well-Known Member

    I would consider a peep sight or the standard Iron sights if you are staying under 100 yards. But if you really want a scope I think I would look for a 4x fixed power.
  12. CB900F

    CB900F Well-Known Member


    If you're young & the eyes are sharp, the irons will do. Just put in the range time to learn how to use them. However, if there are other circumstances, there's nothing wrong with glass.

    You don't need high magnification, not at all. But, that does not mean you don't need good glass. Fine resolution & excellent color rendition will allow you to pick out the small patch of fur, or tip of a rack, in heavy cover & know that it's a game animal.

    My personal suggestion would be a Leupold 2-7X in a solid mount.

  13. grubbylabs

    grubbylabs Well-Known Member

    The nice thing about variable X glass is that you don't have to use it on high power if you don't want to. That's why I have a 4-12 on my hunting bolt gun. at the range I like the 12 sometimes but when out in the field it goes to 4X and stays there most of the time.

    So 900F makes a good suggestion, and yes quality makes a big difference.
  14. Tentwing

    Tentwing Well-Known Member


    Based on what you have told us in your first 3 post , if you choose anything other than a Marlin 336 in a 30-30 then you would have made the wrong choice ;)

    Seriously a 336 or a Winny in a 30-30 are perfect based on your criteria. The Marlin would be cheaper and I think made a little sturdier than the Winny, but they both are fine rifles.

    There have been several threads on the board here as of late toughting the merits of the 30-30, and even the people who might not be fans of the 30-30 would have a hard time denying it wide range of uses. ....and no one who is right in the head denies it's longevity. ;)

    It is one cartridge (along with a 22LR) :) that I think everyone should own.

    Hope you enjoy whatever you decide to go with....Tentwing
  15. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    A 336 is a fine choice, I have several, and like them better as a utility rifle than my two Winchester '94s. I had two Mossberg 464s and sold them because of sticky feeding. The wood on mine looked like it belonged on a BB gun too.

    The factory irons may be all you need, and all my 30-30s are just that. If you feel you need an upgrade, a Williams peep sight may be worth looking into: http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=681364

    If you feel you really want a scope I agree with lower power. Burris Fullfield II in 2-7x35 may be a good choice if you don't want to pay Leupold prices: http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=817249 . Or a Bushnell Elite 3200 in 2-7x32 : http://www.opticsplanet.net/bushnell-elite-3200-2-7x32mm-riflescope-w-rainguard-322732m.html . Both the Burris Fullfield II and the Elite 3200 are fairly highly regarded.

    Good luck!
  16. Beacon

    Beacon Active Member


    Where in Fl are you? Not Apollo Beach, by chance?

    My friend, I've hunted in Florida all of my life, and I have significant number of rifles that I can use. Among them is an old 336 in .30-30 that I inherited from my brother, and I can tell you, not only is a 336 in .30-30 a good choice, it may be the perfect choice. Whether you are prowlin' and growlin' in the woods, or perched in a tree stand, it is short, handy, and effective. As for a scope, mine wears a Leupold Vari-X IIi 1.5-5x20, the same scope that my 444 Outfitter wears. Just get a low to medium power variable or fixed and you are good to go. I would avoid the see-through rings. .30-30 ammo is plentiful and pretty cheap. (I like the Remington Core-Lokt's in 170 gr.) And don't let anybody look down their nose at you because you are using a lever or a .30-30, because that model and cartridge are older than dirt and still around for a reason...THEY WORK!!!!!

    If all of my centerfire rifles were taken away except for my 336 .30-30, I'd stuff that bad boy full of shells and go hunting and never look back or consider myself undergunned or handicapped in the least.
  17. Apollo46

    Apollo46 Member

    Hey Beacon,
    I'm actually located in Pensacola, FL. Like I said this is my first rifle and I really want to get in some range.time before the fall. I want to start hunting this fall. I want to get used to shooting down the sights before I make the investment of a scope.
    Thank you all for your help and suggestions, I will definitely keep you updated.

  18. Abel

    Abel Well-Known Member

    I'm all for keeping irons or a peep sight on a lever gun. But, close to dawn and dusk, you really benefit from a scope. Where I hunt, you don't see any fool deer just walking around in full daylight. They mostly come out right at the end of shooting light. I scope my 336 that I use to hunt my PM stands and I have a peep sight for my scouting/ground hunting 336.
  19. Beacon

    Beacon Active Member

    I have always found the bead front that comes on levers just too big for target work at 100 yds. I don't know what Apollo's budget is, but my Cabela's catalog shows a Nikon ProStaff straight 4x32 for $95 or a variable 2-7x32 for $140, which isn't too bad. Either one would make a good scope for a 336. My inclination would be to go for the 2-7 since you could screw it down to 2x for maximum field of view in the thick woods in case you jumped one and had a running shot, or screw it up to 7x for range work.
  20. GuysModel94

    GuysModel94 Well-Known Member

    Was at the local gun show yesterday, there were several Pre-64 Model 94's for $600.- to $700.-, the Post-64's and the 336 Marlin's were $400.-+. Don't pay any attention to post 64 bashing on this forum, they are great guns. I own both 94's and 336's.

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