Lever Action 30-30, Change my mind...


Mathew 5:9
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I never had a lever action before but I wanted to have one for the longest time and after saving a few bucks, I think it’s time to own one. I had my eyes set on a pre-1960 Marlin 30-30 and I don’t know how much this rifle is really worth. I saw a couple of reviews stating to go with a Henry rifle, but that’s going to be an additional $300 bucks... is it really worth waiting and buying a henry lever action? Seller is a very nice guy and very sincere but this 40 year old rifle really worth $450 bucks? Superficial condition seems to show very little wear and tear...

Anyone out there with experience on this Marlin pre-1960 rifle please chime in as I have no clue about the reliability of this lever action rifle and how much its worth. What should I look out for when inspecting this rifle besides from the sight alignment, bore, action and trigger check?

Any opinion and advise are always WELCOME positive or negative.

Thanks ALL for the help!








1911 pistolsmith
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Which model is it?
But overall if it is something for you to keep and shoot. Yes $450 is fine, though on the higher side. Could attempt to pinch a few bucks off...
But if you want to spend more, look for a pre 64 Winchester.


Las Vegas - Centennial Hills
Not sure about that rifle, but wholeheartedly agree with getting a Lever Action .30-.30, my Winchester model 94 is my favorite gun to shoot.

Hope to see a thread from you showing off your new-to-you .30-.30 soon!


Firearms Instructor
I have two Marlin 336 models from the early 80's. They are stone reliable 30-30 rifles. I have always held that a lever action 30-30 is one of those rifles that definitely needs to be in a SHTF collection. The 30-30 is such an iconic caliber, you can find it in almost any sporting goods, general store, and probably on every ranch in the west.
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