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Tuesday, 13 September 2022

Winchester Or Marlin?



 I’m a Marlin guy. They were hands down a better lever gun than Winchester. That is not to imply Winchesters were bad - they weren’t - but the Marlins were just easier to shoot for me. For awhile I had one of those Guide Guns in .45-70. I put a 1-5 variable Leupold VX III on it…and it developed a wallop that could kill on both ends. But it was an absolute sweetheart with patty cake target loads. I can’t remember the charge but it was RL-7 under a Remington 405 gr bulk bullet. It wouldn’t go sub-MOA… but it came incredibly close. It would shoot 1.1” groups off the bench with that load all day long.

And like a meat head… I sold it or traded it away. 

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  2. "And like a meat head… I sold it or traded it away."
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    We've all been there a time or two.

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  3. Sold it ? Oh no, Mr. Filthie! Just for that, go ride your bamboo bike in front of grown men!

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    1. It’s not bamboo…!!! You are all swine!!!😭

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  4. Marlin gets my vote. I let a 1983ish Marlin 45-70 get away, so yeah, we've all been there a time or too many. The latest Marlin, a 1957 39 Mountie, fell in the Tennessee River. A great personal tragedy.Tree Mike

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  5. Dad had a Marlin he called the deer rifle. It was chambered in 44-40. Buckhorn rear sight, some case hardening was left on the receiver, but it was mostly brown. Crescent butt with the curly red wood. It was gorgeous. Shot like a 22. No recoil at all. Full length mag tube. Sweet gun.

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    1. 44-40s are such sweethearts. A fella at the range had one and we were trying to smack the 200m gong with it. Once you got your hold right… you could come amazingly close and even hit it the odd time. The cast lead bullets were cheap as dirt too…

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  6. I own both Winchester and Marlin levers, but my favorite is the Savage 99. Though heavier and longer than these carbines, the Savage is chambered in flatter shooting more accurate platform and I think worth the extra bulk. My .250 Savage 99T carbine has taken quite a few whitetails over the years.

    That is a beautiful Marlin take-down rifle up there - thanks for the photo of it. The lever attachment is why I think Marlin but the receiver does look very 94ish.

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    1. Yes! That was going to be my first centrefire rifle as a kid… Sears was selling them for a little under $450.00. I wanted the 99 in .308… but I never bought it…

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  7. Marlin all day the curved grip is more comfortable to my wrist as opposed to the straight stock on the winchester. My brother got Dad's old 30-30

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