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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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Crossbolt safety question

My father in law has a Winchester 94 30/30 and a marlin 35rem he wants to have my son use one for his deer gun. Neither have the crossbolt safety just the halfcock. My son will be 17 soon and has been shooting since 5 but walking the woods without that safety makes me nervous. What are your thoughts? Thanks
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-27-2017, 05:24 PM
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I have a Marlin 45-70 Guide gun with a cross bolt safety. I have shot Marlin 336 for years, my dad and brother had them, they didn't have the safety, half cock was the safety. The cross bolt safety cost me a big deer the first year I used the rifle. I figured an additional safety feature so I put it on. Because I have never had a Marlin with that safety when the moment came to shoot at a doe approaching 170 lbs I fully cocked the rifle and forgot to remove the safety, something I never did with my model 88 Win, and ig I had there would have been no harm. However when I pulled the trigger on the guide gun the hammer fell with a resounding clank but of course it did not go boom and the deer went bye bye. After I figured out what happened I decided to never use that safety again, half cock works just fine. A safety in my opinion should not allow the hammer to fall. Nothing wrong with the rifles with the cross bolt safety, but I will never use push that safety button to on again.

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All Marlin had no cross bolt safety till 80's.To me the half cock is just fine.Most guy HATE those CS.Keep your finger off the trigger till you are ready to shoot.

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Half-Cock worked for many years for hunters young and old I think the cross bolt safeties are all about the lawyers
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That is a reasonable assumption.

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post #7 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2017, 07:31 AM
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A lot of it is about proper training. 58 years ago when I turned 12, my mom took me to Sears, and using my allowance and chore money we purchased a Marlin 30-30. My neighbors had the task of teaching me, as mom and dad didn't hunt. They spent almost 6 months teaching me basic gun safety, plus the specific safety of using a lever action, and the half cock position. That gun was, and still is, just as safe as one with a cross bolt if the shooter is properly trained. Still have that original gun. I agree with Woods Walker, that cross bolt thing is more of an insurance issue. Countless youngsters have hunted over those 58 years with levers ( Winchester and Marlin) and there is no real safety issue. Sure, somewhere there may have been an isolated incident, but most likely that could have been avoided with better training.

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Thanks for the input. I will have to have him start shooting it and getting used to it this coming year.
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post #9 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-30-2017, 08:02 PM
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I started with a marlin that had the crossbolt, it never cost me a deer, but when i got my own without a safety i got used to just using the hammer, when i got another marlin with the safety, i put the safety on while loading and chambering a round then put the hammer at halfcock then take the crossbolt off as its not needed anymore in my opinion.
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