Lever action day

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Another old workhorse an 80's vintage 336 Texan .30-30 with a Weaver 2x7 scope. I killed an antelope with it to prove it could be done to someone who thought a 30-30 couldn't do the job. He ate crow and I ate tenderloin. This was my brothers first, then my first hunting rifle. Can you tell we really like Marlin leverguns around here? I have tried to find another like it, but the prices on Texans (like many OG Marlins) have gone through the roof.

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Here are a few teaser photos of the family Marlin 1893 in 38-55 with a Stevens Model 1915. The Marlin was the front porch gun that my great-great grandmother used to protect the house and livestock while gggf was in the fields. She had a reputation as a coyote-killer. The Stevens was perhaps the first my great-grandfather shot. The pictures (sorry for the shadow) are atop that same ggf's school desk. 0705220744a.jpg 0705220743.jpg 0705220745.jpg 0705220745a.jpg

They both shoot but have some issues. With the Stevens, the lever needs to be secured when the hammer is cocked. It doesn't quite fall on its own but would with a shake. I need to disassemble the Marlin and inspect the trigger and hammer surfaces. For a few cycles, recently, the hammer followed the bolt. And when cocked, the trigger was very, very light. That stopped and now the pull is abnormally heavy, but the hammer doesn't follow the bolt.

Perhaps poor sear engagement followed by a break and now a different poor engagement. Or (wishful thinking) debris ...

I may post different threads seeking advice on the rifles after I have time to carefully disassemble.
Good for grandma!

There was a time, not too long ago that people simply did what they had to do.

God bless her :thumbup:
Enjoying this interesting thread. I only have two lever guns but they're both on my favorites list. In rimfire there is the Henry H001, their base model .22 lever gun that takes 22 short, long and long rifle rounds and is more accurate than I can be with iron sights. Proved that a couple years ago when it got a rail atop the drilled & tapped receiver with a red dot aboard. After a while I felt the red dot was too big for such a trim little lever and put it all back to original. One of my favorite plinking tools. IMG_3066.JPG .. Then there's the Marlin 30-AS (economy version of the 336) in .30-30 that I inherited from an uncle. I had a 1-4x Leupold on it for years but this past year went to a Vortex Strike Eagle with a 30mm tube and illuminated reticle due to hunting hours now being 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The Vortex looks to my eyes to be a bit large for a lever gun (I prefer smaller, trimmer scopes on levers) but it's gonna stay on there for any low light hunting opportunities that may arise. IMG_2565.JPG .. Both guns are a joy to shoot; guess I'm addicted to working those levers and that quick, smooth feeding and ejection. I could see myself with yet another lever gun someday if I come across one in 444 Marlin or 35 Remington and the price is right.
I have two both marlin 336 one in a 79 in 30-30 one an 84 in .35 I have a question regarding sling post does the rear post get drilled at the bullseye or lower I have heard conflicting opinions
Thanks again the 35 was drilled thru the bullseye I wonder if it's worth the effort to replace the bullseye and drill in proper location
Thanks again the 35 was drilled thru the bullseye I wonder if it's worth the effort to replace the bullseye and drill in proper location
It is worth the effort if you ever go to sell it.
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