I already own a 30-30 Winchester and a .35 Remington, should I bother with a .32 Win Spl? It's not that I need it, I just like leverguns and the more nostalgic calibers.
If you like it, buy it As long as you have the money, there's never a need to justify a gun purchase. Once you buy it post some pictures.
"When seconds count between living or dying, the police are only minutes away."
I've been looking at both a Marlin and a Winchester. Can't decide which one to go with... that is "if" I go with one.
Don't hunt, but own a 1976 made Winchester Model 94. Have loved that rifle since I was a boy--one of my favorite toy guns. Nothing matches it. It's hung on the wall, and while I enjoy shooting it from time to time, I mostly enjoy just looking at it. Great condition, about 98%. Got it at a gun show. While no other lever action is as iconic, why not get it if you want it? Lever action carbines make great home defense weapons, too. The .30-30 is not something I'd like to be shot with.
"For any man who sheds his blood with me this day shall be my brother...And gentlemen now abed shall think themselves accursed, they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks who fought with us on Crispin's day." Henry V
If you want it, and can afford it, buy it.
Flip a coin.
Look deep into your heart or mind and decide which brand you like more.
I know. The decision really and truly is yours.
Here's what I suggest
buy both and then send me the Marlin since I have neither a Marlin nor a 32WS.
Don't use a two-headed coin.
Well, I can't decide. I guess I'll wait a while and see if anything else peaks my interest in the mean time.
If it is just going to be a "wall-hanger", does it matter which you get?
If you plan on shooting it, factor in cost and availability of the ammo!
The .35 Whelan is an obscure chambering but of fairly recent vintage, unlike the popular and ubiquitous 30-30.
If the ammo is too costly or no longer made, I wouldn't waste my time and resources on either rifle.
The ammo is still available. What is nice is to make the case you just full length size a 30-30 case. The cases are almost identical, the principle difference the diameter of the neck.
One of the gun I inherited is a .32-20 revolver. The ammo I have found for it is basically only available online and runs (lately) between $30-$50/box of 50. According to the people I have talked with at a couple of LGS's, the ammo is a lead flat-nose of relatively low power. They said it could be loaded up higher but only for the rifle. The revolver might be damaged by the higher pressures.
Now, if I could just FIND a rifle in decent condition at a reasonable price.