poothrowingape wrote:I grew using lever actions for deer hunting. I absolutely love the 30-30. There is plenty of stopping power for anything deer sized or smaller. I've also shot a .32 special and a .44. The .44 beat the crap out of my shoulder, but the buttstock was also very curved and did not have a pad on it, just a metal plate. All 3 of them were Winchesters, and they all had top ejections.I handled my Uncle's Marlin 30-30 today and completely fell in love! I plan on buying a lever action in the near future.
However what caliber would be best? I like the 30-30 although it has a slight reputation for lacking in stopping power, like most intermedate cartridges. I dont particularly want a rifle that shoots handgun ammo though, seems like an oxymoron.
Also does anyone have suggestions on a brand? I must admit i pretty much have my heart set on a Marlin. it was very sweet and smooth, plus the only requirement i really had was that the ejection port must be on the side. No top ejectors.
I have shot a couple of Marlins as well and really like them too. I'd have to say though, my favorite was the Winchester Model 1894 in 30-30. I shot it with a ghost ring sight on it, and let me tell you, that is one of the fastest guns in the brush. It's narrow through the action, making it easy to carry in the woods, and it is relatively lightweight. I strongly recommend a ghost ring as well, when you put it to your shoulder, the sight is THERE.
Just my $.02