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Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Eastern,Pa
Re: Lever action
I suppose I should go deeper with the data if the OP is going to lay down some cash. If you consider a Sako Finnwolf, it is the most accurate lever gun I ever tested, and I have tested hundreds. It is a beautiful gun, but it has some downsides in todays world. If you lose the clip or break the stock, you are up the creek. When and if you find replacements, they will cost as much as a gun. The Finnwolf grip geometry is " Weird". The curve and lever position are more forward, and best suited to shooters with small hands. The Finnwolf was brought to market in 1963 to directly compete with the Winchester 88, but it had a much better trigger, all machined parts, and a much nicer fit and finish. America was not buying it, and they bit the dust 8 years later. As in any company currently controlled by Beretta, they make parts impossible to find or buy except from their chosen few, if at all. On the flip side of that, I have never seen a broken Finnwolf.
There are boo-coo Model 88"s that shoot MOA, even with their stiff trigger. A trigger job on an 88 is tricky, and should only be done by the best gunsmith you can find.
If I was the OP, I would look hard at the Finnwolf, BLR, and 88 if you want more pep than a 30-30.
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