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I just discovered lever-action is loads of fun!

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by AirPower, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. AirPower

    AirPower Well-Known Member

    I've never owned or worked a lever action rifle until I recently bought this old used Winchester 94 in 30-30. I wish someone had told me earlier about how fun lever action is. Even though I have semi-auto rifles that takes care of the extraction and feeding automatically, working the lever just feels so satisfactory in the locking and opening of the action. In a way, it's even better than the bolt action. I don't know how to describe it other than that 30-30 in a Win94 lever action is a great combo. The gun is light, action is smooth and recoil is minimal. The Winchester 94 is definitely a keeper! Anyone else enjoys their lever action?

  2. Bearhands

    Bearhands Well-Known Member

    SHHHHHHHH! or everyone else will want one!;) You've caught the fever, and it's a nice one to have. Congrats!
  3. Turtle56fred

    Turtle56fred Member

    Welcome to club! Here are my 2 favorite rifles.An 1894CS in .357 mag. and a 1895G in .45-70.
  4. Clint C

    Clint C Well-Known Member


    I also have been bitten by the lever bug. I don't know how I ever lived without one. I traded for my Winchester 1894 (made 1942) about a month ago and since have bought a Winchester 9422. I originally traded into the 1894 thinking I would use it for trading stock. I will never get rid of that rifle for anything. Like someone told me "every household should have one."

    Here is a link here at THR that will provide some great information for your Winchester 94.

    Last edited: Mar 29, 2009
  5. Oro

    Oro Well-Known Member

    I like to ride my horse in the mountains, so I figured I should get a lever and a scabbard. Oh, what a nice rifle combination. Reasonable power out of a handy and satisfying package. Like you, I got a pre-safety Winchester in .30-30 and it's just a wonderful gun.
  6. Brian Dale

    Brian Dale Well-Known Member

    We did! :p

    Glad that you're having fun with it. :D
  7. Paladin_Hammer

    Paladin_Hammer Well-Known Member

    I've never had more fun with a rifle than my Marlin 30-30 :) . It's light, a joy to shoot, and even though the action is rough it's hard to find more satisfaction in a firearm than rocking that thing forward and pulling it back.

    Now if only I could find a .45-70 for under $400 dollars :D .
  8. Mike U.

    Mike U. Well-Known Member

    Only lever gun I own is a Winchester 150 .22 S,L,LR. It is a HOOT to SHOOT! One day I'll own a major caliber lever because they are just too fun to shoot.
  9. foghornl

    foghornl Well-Known Member

    Never had a Winchester levergun, but I have had several Marlins over the years. Leverguns...waaay up on the "Fun Gun" list.
  10. cane

    cane Well-Known Member

    I've got lever actions in the following calibers:
    30-30 (2)
    .38 special
    .357 mag
    .45 Colt
    12 gauge
    Shoot them all.
  11. Floppy_D

    Floppy_D Member In Memoriam

    Leonardo or Donatello? Can't make out of if the headband is blue or purple. :D
    Either way, nice leverguns, I'm in the market for one in 45LC myself.
  12. Wile E Coyote

    Wile E Coyote Well-Known Member

    I've long been a fan of levers, but only just last week did I finally jump in and pick up a decent Savage 99 in .300 savage. Being a lefty tends to steer a fellow to lever guns naturally.
  13. T.R.

    T.R. Well-Known Member

    30-30 has plenty of power for even the largest of mountain mulies. This old timer weighed just a tad over 300 lbs. yet was toppled with just 170 grain bullet through the chest. That's my eldest daughter in the photo.


  14. husker

    husker Well-Known Member

    i just received last week a Henry 22 lever youth. on a trade for some train stuff. went out yesterday and put 200 LR and 50 shorts through it. first gun i ever bought was a marlin 30-30 at the old coast to coast in ralston Ne.
  15. aka108

    aka108 Well-Known Member

    I love bolt action rifles but have a 1955 Marlin 39A which I have also had a 59 year love affair with. It is truly a pleasure to use it.
  16. woof

    woof Well-Known Member

    aka, I know 1955 was a long way back, but still not quite 59 years :)

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