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I want one.....for no good reason other than I wanna shoot 430 gr bullets.  Should I buy new or used?  Thinking stainless with good peep sight.  Already have a .35 rem but different animal.

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New Marlin now that they are made by Ruger.

I had a Remlin stainless Trapper and it was ok but finicky at times.   The lever action would act up here and there so I got rid of it and went with a .450 Bushmaster  (Ruger AR556) which is a beast.   Out to 200 yards I'm good with a 2" high 100 yard zero.

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4 mins ago, HopHead said:

I want one.....for no good reason other than I wanna shoot 430 gr bullets.  Should I buy new or used?  Thinking stainless with good peep sight.  Already have a .35 rem but different animal.

Good enough reason right there. I had a repro Trapdoor Springfield in .45-70 for no other reason that it had trapdoor and I loved the largeness of the cartridge.

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have shot much game with the .444 but the 45-70 depending on the bullet profile is F'kin Destructive at close quarters.....much respect for that Cal. in the big woods.

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1 hour ago, HopHead said:

Looking at the marlin site.....any reason to get the SBL over the trapper?  I don't see myself ever putting a scope on it.  That 16" barrel on the trapper is short.....obviously for up close and personal action.

 

https://www.marlinfirearms.com/s/leverAction/

What about a Henry? I've never owned, handles, or shot one but I sure do like the way they're advertised, Made in the USA or not at all.

 

As for buying used over new, I'll take a quality used gun over a new one any day of the week. Generally cheaper and usually better made.

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14 mins ago, Bass Ackwards said:

What about a Henry? I've never owned, handles, or shot one but I sure do like the way they're advertised, Made in the USA or not at all.

 

As for buying used over new, I'll take a quality used gun over a new one any day of the week. Generally cheaper and usually better made.

Not a fan.....not even sure why. I'd buy a plinker from Henry though.

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I like the sbl.  First saw it in the movie Wind River. Have no need for a lever gun but do like it.  Not sure if I'd get a stainless scope for it or run a eotech on it. 

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Hoping Ruger/Marlin will reintroduce the 1895 45/70 with walnut stocks; not a fan of laminate. Used Marlins made in the "good" years from New Haven command outrageous money for years now.

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8 hours ago, Mr. Bigdeal said:

Not to correct you but just to set it right....when I was in Ct. marlin was in North Haven, Conn....

 

You are 100% correct sir, my bad... :howdy:

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Winchester was in New Haven, High Standard in Hamden, Colt naturally in Hartford and O. F. Mossberg also in North Haven......the local gun shops had quite a variety of used guns for sale most of the time....also, employees of these firms who bought at company discount could also get ya one.....it was fun times.

 

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Yeah that was the epicenter of gun making back in the day.  I did my gen surgery training at st. raphael in new haven 96-01.

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