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Drummer101
July 13, 2012, 11:07 AM
Just had some time to think and I think my enfield might have to retire.

So in thinking of a new rifle here are the choices I came up with.

Lever action 44 mag and a lever action 30.30.

Uses would be HD (light bullets) some plinking, someday deer or others.

Reloading won't be an option for a few years and I do not even know what state I will live in when I graduate.

I would think about the 45-70 but no reloading and the recoil does not look fun.

Big Shrek
July 13, 2012, 11:16 AM
.44 Mag gives you the option to compete in SASS/Cowboy Shooting competitions...
Also great on Hog and deer within 75 yards...although bigger deer, you might want to be within Bowhunter ranges 50 yards or less
Add in a pair of .44mag/special revolvers & a double-barrel 12-gauge and you are SET for Cowboy Action!! ;)

.30-30 takes any game animal in North America...and has since they started making them :)
Ammo's almost as inexpensive as reloading...if you buy on sale...

slow944
July 13, 2012, 02:14 PM
Have both 44Mag & 30-30, both Marlins. The 44 will shoot the light 44spl cowboy ammo or the thumping 44mag. The 30-30 is a real fun gun to take to the range. Get both is my advise.

jmr40
July 13, 2012, 03:26 PM
I have both. If forced to keep only one it would be the 30-30.

Bob Wright
July 13, 2012, 04:41 PM
Not being much of a hand with the rifle, and shooting shoulder arms from the left shoulder, the lever gun is a natural for me. Here are my lever guns, left is a Marlin 39A, my first real rifle from about 1949 or 1950. Center is my Marlin 336T, and Model 94 Winchester.

http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i230/BobWright/Rifles/100_34902.jpg

The Model 94 sports an octagon barrel and Hawken front sight. The .30-30 is an ideal rifle in my neck of the woods, light to carry and enough to get a shot across a bean field. I do like the .30-30.

Bob Wright

Hook686
July 13, 2012, 10:24 PM
I prefer the .44 magnum, as using Buffalo Bore ammunition, or reloading, I can get all I need out to 100-125 yards. I do not shoot beyond that range, so the extra range of the 30-30 is not something I need.

http://www.lasc.us/Fryxell44OverWeight.htm

indicates some real pluses to the .44 magnum.

On another level,

http://www.gunblast.com/Winchester-Ranger357.htm

http://www.gunblast.com/MilesFortis-AKChurch_BuffaloBore.htm

indicates that Buffalo Bore 180 grain hard cast can produce 30-30 ballistics out to 100 yards also.

If short range hunting and range shooting will be your primary uses, I suggest looking first at a Marlin 1894C, then an 1894 in .44 magnum, then a 30-30.