I was gazing in the safe today, and PANIC, I don't have a 30/30 right at the moment! Whats even worse, I have a 180 RCBS fngc mold! That should be reason enough to get one (asking the choir here), right?
Now ,the real dilema, should I spring the extra bucks for an XLR, because of the Ballard rifling, or get a standard 336 ? (lots less money)I'm not really nuts about the extra long barrel on the XLR, but that is easily fixed. And I'm not crazy about the forearm band on the standard 336. (harder to fix) I suppose what I want is a blued 3/4 magazine, ballard rifled, forend cap. Do all the standard 336 in 30/30 have micro groove?Seems like I saw a stainless standard 336 at a gun show that didn't have micro groove written on the barrel. Would you guys get micro groove over a ballard if you were buying new? I know they can be made to shoot cast with careful selection of components and sizes, but is the ballard somewhat easier to work with.? I have 3 1895's, 2 are ballard, 1 is MG, they all do ok with cast, but, that is 45/70.
Weigh in on this important decision that may affect me for the rest of my life!