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    Used Marlin 30-30

    Is $330 plus tax for an older(but with safety)Marlin with birch stock a good deal? This is the less expensive plain Jane model. Condition is at least 95% with no alterations. Thank you.

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    Good, no. But I would say fair. I'd lean towards $250 for the safties. Last 2 Glenfield 30-30s went for $250 in fair condition. They'd been hunted with and showed use.

    The lever guns are still uncommon. Normal pricing in the $300 range. Fair price.

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    If you like it and it's right there ready for you to take home, then grab it. There's nothing wrong with a safety, I have one with a safety and it shoots just as well as my ones without.....just don't push the button over if you don't want it on. That's not a bargain basement price, but it's not a rip off either.

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    As much as I don't like the safeties, they make it "safer" to unload a magazine. In that, it's a good feature.

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    You guys told me what I wanted to know. I'm grabbing it. I'm all for the shop owner making money. I feared being ripped off.

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    They don't seem to go for that low around here. If you like it, get it. I'm sure it'll be a good shooter and you'll be happy with it. If not, I'm pretty sure you could get your money back out of it pretty easily.

    I personally hate a safety on an exposed hammer gun and won't get one, seems like it's all I can see on a gun if it's there. But that's just me and it's a personal preference.

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    Buy it yesterday. The new ones are closer to $400 and not as good as that one.

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    Where can you find a new one for 400bucks ?
    DAVIDSON'S cheapest is $600.00 for the plain Jane w/cheap scope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lightload View Post
    You guys told me what I wanted to know. I'm grabbing it. I'm all for the shop owner making money. I feared being ripped off.

    Good! I have no need for another Marlin but I wouldn't have walked away from it once I saw it. All my Marlins (except for a VERY old 1894 takedown) have crossbolt safeties. Never had a problem with them.
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    Most of the ones i find in my area for that price have rusted bbls. and pitted bores, and usually a cracked stock. I found a nice 94 win. with the side safety about a year ago in about 95% condition on the outside with a mint looking bore.....they wanted $700.00 firm.

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    Ii bought 336rc awhile back,gave $600. To me a bargain.
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    Very fair price. Sounds like you are describing the Marlin 30AS.

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    You would have kicked yourself later for not getting it. I think you did good.

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    I saw a Remlin at Walmart for about 350 but I would rather have a JM. They would not take off the trigger lock to let me look at the bore or work the action so I walked away. I was looking for a good Marlin to scope for my older eyes. This seems to be Winchester country and I don't see many Marlins for sale. I did get a couple of waffle tops a while back but rarely see a used Marlin.
    As to the safety? Big deal about nothing. I have a couple of Marlins with the safety and never had a problem with them. As 725 stated they are a bit safer to unload. There have been accidents where people have been shot while unloading a lever. They are not really a safety anyway as one cannot carry them cocked and locked and depend on them to shoot by disengaging the safety.

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    Good points, DP. I generally engage the safety when unloading my newer Marlins. Seems 336 prices are a regional thing, a gun that would go for $600+ around here will gather dust asking $350 in other places. Don't worry about the wood, Marlin hasn't put attractive wood on a rifle in a long time. Better than synthetic but not by much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walks View Post
    Where can you find a new one for 400bucks ?
    DAVIDSON'S cheapest is $600.00 for the plain Jane w/cheap scope.
    Walmart.

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    In my area the Marlin is a popular rifle to find used. The price here would be around 300. About 4 years ago I bought a Marlin in .35 Rem. with a cheap scope for 300. Asking price was 379. The rifle was in 90- 95% condition.

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    The days of the $250 good condition 336s are gone, I fear. For that $330 price, if I liked the feel of it and I had the money, I wouldn't hesitate. If you feel like haggling you could always try to get them to throw in a box of cheap 30-30 ammo for "test firing" once you get it home. Way back when I had money and found mine there were actually two on the rack for a lower price than what I paid. But handling all three there was just something about the one I wound up picking up that I liked better. Kicker is they were all "older" ones from roughly the same time period, and didn't look all that different. I just liked mine better. Can't really say why. Took me a bit to find a replacement hood for the front sight (people always pull them off and I like them)

    Anyway buy it, shoot it, love it. It's worth whatever you feel you can pay for it. Somebody mentioned $600 for one. I wouldn't have paid that even when I had money, BUT if you have it, and you feel like the one you find is worth it then more power to you.

    One of the things I really never cared for on some of the newer models was the "wide" front stock that was popular for a bit. I've handled a couple that really felt like somebody had checkered a #2 pine 2x4 and slapped it under the barrels. Wasn't for me, but that's one of the great things about being different people, we can like different things.

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