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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Knowing older Win. 30-30

I have quite a few rifles many being customs or wildcats and do a lot of shooting. For some reason my next gun might be an older win. 30-30 i never owned one but they fasinate me. I might even hand it on my wall and would like to shoot it some what. My question really is what do you look for in an older one to tell age, etc. I dont want a new one or a fancy engraved one just would like to have one in good working order with some age. Probably could even look at another caliber but 30-30 really seemed popular.
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Re: Knowing older Win. 30-30

Condition and bore. Here's the link to the Winchester serial number link so you can find out manufacturing dates. Click
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Thanks,
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-10-2011, 10:51 PM
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Re: Knowing older Win. 30-30

out.
You have a few choices.

Win 94 or marlin 336.

Win is more classic (without a safety) but the Marlin is stronger and a better shooter. you choice.
Ruling out the Savage 340. LOL
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yea, i think the winchester is just a plain neat classic taking nothing away from the marlin. never owned or shot either one.
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Re: Knowing older Win. 30-30

i bought one a few years ago at a yard sale for $275. its a 1940 30/30 and has been used pretty good but has a lot of character. its a slick little gun to carry in the woods. i took it out doe hunting a few years ago and dropped one in its tracks with it. the neat thing is that it ejects the shells straight up. i want to get a similiar vintage 32 special one of these days.

get one, you won't regret it. look for a pre-64 model. plus its a lot cheaper to shoot a 30/30 than almost any other high power and theres almost no kick.

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Re: Knowing older Win. 30-30

You can't get a more classic deer rifle than a pre-64 Model 94...I think if I were looking to own just one, it would be a Model 64 ,which is simply a longer version of the Model 94 with a half-tube magazine.
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you mean longer as in longer barrel?
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thats exactly my game plan.
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Re: Knowing older Win. 30-30

Both Marlin and Winchester make great guns.

A question you need to ask yourself before buying the rifle is; if you want to put a scope on it or are you going to shoot some type of open or peep sights?

Marlins lend themselves, much, much easier for scope mounting - the Winchesters are set up, at least pre-64 models - to shoot open sights.

Classic all-time deer rifle.
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