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Old December 1st, 2016, 02:06 PM   #1
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So my gun club has a 100 yard, offhand, center fire, lever gun league, I would like to participate in, and lose.

Any recomendations on a rifle?

Of course, the Marlin 336 comes to mind.
Any caliber better than another for this application?

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Old December 1st, 2016, 02:20 PM   #2
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JM Marlin with serial number before 2010, and no micro-grove. At 100 yards, several calibers work(.45-70, .30-30, .35 Rem, .44 mag and perhaps .357). I really like Dawson fiber optic sights.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 03:00 PM   #3
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For offhand target shooting, I'd go with something that has a longer, heavier barrel. The caliber probably doesn't matter much as long as the rifle shoots.

One levergun that always seems to shoot pretty well is a Savage 99.

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I am prone towards flatter shooting ammo than the conventional 30-30 or the pistol cartridges. The 99 sounds good with their box magazine and flatter shooting 300 savage.

I have BLRs in 270 and 308 and a Win 88 in 284 Winchester. Henry has a new lever with box mag in 308 and maybe 243.

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If its any lever rifle a Win model 88 in 308 is nice also. I have a Savage 99 and a Win model 88 and both shoot very well...

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Old December 1st, 2016, 03:29 PM   #6
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Offhand at 100 yards I would try a Winchester 92 in 25/20. Low recoil and really accurate!

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Savage 99....you don't have to worry about the bolt hitting your face when racking the lever.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 05:17 PM   #8
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I own a EMF Hartford 1892 in .357 Magnum. They were made several years ago under contract with Rossi. With the right loads, it will shoot 10 shots under 4" at 100 yards off the bench. It is also less expensive to reload .357 Magnum than other caliber lever guns I have owned in the past.

My sight wobble area has it's own zip code, so a 4" group at 100 yards is good enough for me to compete offhand. If you are a better shot, you may want to consider other options.

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For offhand target shooting, I'd go with something that has a longer, heavier barrel. The caliber probably doesn't matter much as long as the rifle shoots.

One levergun that always seems to shoot pretty well is a Savage 99.
Which is no longer in production but a beauty if you can find someone selling.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 06:20 PM   #10
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The Browning lever gun has many of the accuracy abilities of some bolt rifles and in either 243 or 308 quite accurate. Triggers on these rifles leave something to be desired, but can be managed with practice. You can even get one that breaks down in two pieces for ease of transporting and accuracy still on par. Just a suggestion.

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So my gun club has a 100 yard, offhand, center fire, lever gun league, I would like to participate in, and lose.

Any recomendations on a rifle?

Of course, the Marlin 336 comes to mind.
Any caliber better than another for this application?

Please and Thank you!!!
Check out Henry's line in lever action rifles. As for caliber at 100yds you can't beat the 30-30 round for their current production levers. Browning's BLR in .308 would be another choice, but not cheap.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 06:33 PM   #13
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I too like the Win 92 action, have one in .44-40 which is a nice round though can be finicky to load according to some. Mine is a later Rossi with 24 inch octagon barrel, shoots good. Might look at the '73 Win copies out there as well, neat handy rifles in easy to shoot cals.

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Old December 1st, 2016, 07:39 PM   #14
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I've had good luck with Marlins... I bought my brother a 336 that shoots better than I can (particularly over the irons. I put a scope on it briefly to prove my handloads, I was getting 1-1.25" at 100yds.) I've also got an 1894FG (.41Mag) that does very well (load development is ongoing.)

wxl is correct... there are flatter shooting cartridges than the .30-30 certainly, but if it's just an informal shoot, the .30-30 is a good, fairly inexpensive way to get your feet wet. Just be aware, if you really want to wring out the accuracy, you'll need to handload (which rings true of most lever-guns, in my limited experience.)

Edit: I like the Marlin over the Winchester because you can disassemble the action quickly and clean it from the breech.

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So my gun club has a 100 yard, offhand, center fire, lever gun league, I would like to participate in, and lose.

Why would you want to lose?

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