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Old April 26, 2018, 01:33 AM   #30
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I have, or have had Winchester 94s (.30-30 & .32Spl), Marlin 336 (.30-30 & 35Rem), 1894s (.357 & .44 Mag), & 1895 (45-70), Savage 99 (.300 Sav), and a Browning BLR (.308 Win).

Also have experience in a different direction, and one I suggest you consider, the lever gun in .22LR.

Winchester 9422 was always expensive for a .22, and they're worse now, but they are literally the same size and weight as a model 94, (nearly the same look) and in a very affordable caliber.

The Marlin 39M is a classic and very well regarded. The Browning BL-22 is a trip, classic lever gun look with an extremely short lever throw.

There many others, as well. If you're only going to get one, its not going to be your main hunting rifle, why not get an "American" plinker???

Something you can shoot as much as you feel like, for a fraction of the cost of a centerfire??

My 14th birthday present was a Winchester model 270, a .22 lever gun that resembles the model 88 (non traditional look, no exposed hammer...) Tube mag fed, shot LR, L, and Shorts. Being a kid, I wanted a semi auto, of course, and I got one the next year, but that lever gun was an important teaching tool, and a better rifle than I deserved at the time. (or so I tell myself nowdays...)
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