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  • My next purchase is going to be a Marlin 30-30. I have heard some negative reviews of the new models. I'm not opposed to buyin

    My next purchase is going to be a Marlin 30-30. I have heard some negative reviews of the new models. I'm not opposed to buying a used rifle. Are the older Marlin's signifcantly better?

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    yes definitely pre-safety for sure but the older (in good condition) the better.

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    • #3
      The old ones are good. I have had several over the years. Last year i bought a new one - came with a scope, bore sighted in and a sling. With Hornady Leverevolution ammo it shoots 1 1/4" groups. Good fit and finish and no complaints. The scope has Marlin name on it and i am satisfied with it. I do not mind the cross bolt safety. Either way you will be buying a legend and you should enjoy it for a lifetime.

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      • #4
        Fit and finish in the past couple years is not as good as previous years. Functionality is fine.

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        • #5
          The older Used Marlins or New Marlins with the cross bolt safety are the most Dependable and Scope friendly
          Lever Guns. BEWARE some older(1948-1955)Marlins had a "Firing Pin Problem" back in the Day..New or Used its Money well spent. Good Luck.

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          • #6
            i have a older marlin 336 30-30 the fireing pin broke once but that was cause i was dry firing it to much. but sense then i havent had any problems with it and i have scope on it and can get good groups with it

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            • #7
              I have a Marlin 1894 in .357 Magnum and I'm very pleased with it. The .30-30 is a proven model that permits low and secure scope mounting, which makes perfect sense, and they're already drilled and tapped for receiver sights or scope mounts, as you prefer. Marlin has a good reputation in my peer group.

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              • #8
                I have a marlin 30-30 that is about 10 years old and I have not had any issues with it.

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                • #9
                  my marlin 30-30 was given to me as a gift in 1994. It has been a great rifle with no complaints.

                  My father still shoots his that he bought in the late 60's with iron sights and can keep it inside a quarter at 100 yards.

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