All purpose rifle

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  1. Mr_Flintstone

    Mr_Flintstone Active Member

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    I’ve been thinking about what gun would best fit my needs as an all purpose rifle. Now, I realize that my needs are not the same as some other people’s, so here’s my criteria:
    1) needs to be light enough to carry around the farm and into the woods.
    2) needs to be powerful enough to kill varmints, coyote, deer, and if necessary black bear at a maximum of 100-150 yards.
    3) needs to have iron sights with the ability to add glass if necessary.
    4) needs to fit easily into a truck or on a 4-wheeler.
    5) needs to be fairly inexpensive yet durable.
    6) needs to have a simple action.
    7) could be used for home defense.

    Several guns made the cut for top ten, but only one gun fit every category. I decided the Marlin model 336w in 30-30 fits my needs perfectly. Before I buy, what do you guys think of the 30-30 in a lever action as an all purpose gun? Some of you may have ideas that I may not have considered.
     
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    Kvasir Well-Known Member

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    If I could only have one rifle, I could do a lot worse. That's a pretty good "all around" gun.
    Fortunately I don't have to choose just one.
     
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  3. flboots

    flboots Well-Known Member

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    If the gun fits all your criteria, than go for it. Also look at the cost and availability of ammo in your area. You might want to look at pistol caliber carbines in the 40 or 45 caliber range.
     
  4. AZ2VET

    AZ2VET Well-Known Member

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    My first thought as I read your list was a 336 in 30-30.
    But I then had another thought, how about a 35 Remington in a pump action, if you could find one in your price range. Possible to eject and chamber another round just a bit quicker and easier to stay on target?
     
  5. Mr_Flintstone

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    I have others, just none that I feel I can just grab and go, and be prepared for just about anything I’ll encounter on a regular basis.
     
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    zkovach Well-Known Member

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    Good choice I’d only add to make it an all weather gun given it’s gonna be around the farm n such
     
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    The Marlin 336 is a fine choice. Maybe a little 'light' for a black bear in .30-30, but lots of those critters have been knocked down with them. I re-did a 336 a while back. I like a straight lever, so I found a stainless steel lever and modified the tang to fit it and bought a new walnut straight grip stock set for under $100 from Boyd's Gunstocks. I like it a lot. The coyotes around here don't like it so much...;)
     
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    One Shot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I know that a Winchester 1894 in 30-30 can take a black bear. :)
     
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    Could do a lot worse than your model 336 in 30-30. I have one in 35 Remington; maybe a little more punch than a 30-30? Downside would be general availability of ammo?
     
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    I think it's a great choice! Mine would be my 69 Winchester model 70 in 30-06
     
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    I know around here they do too.
     
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    68c15 TFFWPP President Supporting Member

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    Upon reading the title I instantly thought lever action 30-30. After reading I added it being a Marlin 336W since you want to add a scope.
     
  13. Mr_Flintstone

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    I might consider a .35 Rem since I reload. I believe only one gun store around here stocks .35 Rem ammo though.

    Just looking at load data, the new LVR powder pushes both .30-30 and .35 Rem to over 2000 ft-lbs; which only adds to my interest.
     
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    Aspeck Well-Known Member

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    I like my Model 141 Gamemaster in .35 Remington. Was the first ride I had (my Grandfather’s rifle). Killed many deer with it. Not much I would be afraid to shoot with it as long as it was within 150 yards.
     
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    It looks like they go for between $700.00 and $900.00.
     
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