I've got the same Marlin Guide gun in .45-70. My reloads are 300 grain JHP's at 1900 fps. That is a potent combo! I'm with you on the Marlins, they are cheaper than the Winchesters and stronger and simpler. The Marlin also looks like an Old West gun and won't attact the same attention as an AR, if that is a concern.RawRadioFL said:One of my favorite hog guns is a Marlin lever. I happen to love the big bore lever actions, so I have a model 1895G 45-70 guide gun. It's damned accurate for a lever. In fact I have had several folks at the range comment when I shoot pretty close to the same size groups they get with their fancy bolt guns :lol: It can shoot a tight clover leaf at 100yrds. I have an XS scout mount on it, and can mount my Aimpoint or I also have a Leupold Scout Scope on QD mounts for optics. In the brush, I just use a set of ghost ring sights. I don't have any pics of it on line at the moment, but if you're interested, I can post one or two.
I'll grant that it's no semi-auto when it comes to follow ups, but with practice and a smooth, well tuned action, you can get her movin pretty quick. I know quite a few people that use 30-30 levers as ranch guns. The Marlins are reasonable in price, well made, and its a stand up company. If a lever is what you're looking for, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a Marlin at all.
Art,ArtFWTx said:It's a shame Winchester levers are out of production, hopefully temporarily.
jcast141,jcast141 said:While I love my AR's, and the SCAR sounds great, I want one that I wont wanna die over if it gets stolen and that also won't break the bank. Bout $250 is my cap on it. I do like the XS ghost ring sights. I am looking for something light and handy, accurate and capable out to 100-150 yards. Fun and not that expensive to shoot with ammo that I can get just about anywhere. .30-30 fits the bill quite nicely for all of the above in a nice little package.
Kinda defeats the purpose of carrying a gun in the first place...Just turns it into a metal and wood club :?gdonley308 said:I still say a pump 12 gauge. Just so you all know I checked with state and local authorities here in Florida and with or without a CCW no long guns may be carried in the vehicle loaded. The reason for this law according to my LE buddy unofficially is they don't want to be out gunned during a vehicle stopping. Anyway you may want to check your local and state laws in this matter as well.
ArtFWTx said:So in FL you need a CCW. Yep, good point. Check laws before spending your money.
How about a 6.8 AR Pistol in your vehicle with a CCW?
This is what I'm saying the State deferred me to local law enforcement for clarifacationon of the statue. They did not site any statue and I decide not to challenge them as they know all about me and see me at the range with my differant long guns. they also know I always have a loaded 1911 with me anytime I leave the house along with my CCW because they like to pull me over in my 700hp truck. What the State told me was that they did not think my CCW gave me the right to have a loaded long gun concealed in my vehicle but that it was a matter to take up with my local agency. I see you live in Naples across the State from me, can you ask your local LE about this and see what they say? The way I read that section of the statue above leaves room again for interpretation by the officer. The part " securely encased or is not readily accessible for immediate use."coldair said:ask the leo telling you no way what the statue is that does not allow the carrying of loaded long gun inside a vehicle.
here is the florida statue allowing it.
5) POSSESSION IN PRIVATE CONVEYANCE.--Notwithstanding subsection (2), it is lawful and is not a violation of s. 790.01 for a person 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon for self-defense or other lawful purpose within the interior of a private conveyance, without a license, if the firearm or other weapon is securely encased or is otherwise not readily accessible for immediate use. Nothing herein contained prohibits the carrying of a legal firearm other than a handgun anywhere in a private conveyance when such firearm is being carried for a lawful use. Nothing herein contained shall be construed to authorize the carrying of a concealed firearm or other weapon on the person. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of the lawful use, ownership, and possession of firearms and other weapons, including lawful self-defense as provided in s. 776.012.