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Welcome from The Republic of Texas...
 
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Welcome from central Arkansas. Hard to go wrong with a 336 in 30-30 for your first one. They are affordable, and it’s just a classic deer rifle. That being said, can’t go wrong with any of the older JM Marlins. They will all make you smile.
 

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Welcome from SW Ohio.

Doesn't matter much which Marlin you start with. You'll soon have several more. But if you're gonna hunt in Tennessee, a 336 in 30-30 will do very well for you. They are easy to find, and one of the lesser priced models.

But, heck, I've got 6 or 7 Marlins, and I don't have a 30-30 yet, so it's up to you.
 

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Hello and Welcome from SC Pennsylvania!!!
 
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I don't think a 30-30 is gonna do it fellas....with a name like Brushpig....a .35 Rem is gonna do heaps better!! Welcome to MarlinOwners!!
 

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My first gun was a 336 30-30, my dad had a marlin 35 and a 444. I really enjoyed the 30-30 amd 35, I've been looking at the 45-70 but I'm worried the recoil will kill my already bad shoulders (torn rotator cuff and bursitis). I want to go out west for bison, moose, or elk, maybe even a bear. So that's why I'm wanting a 45-70, most of my hunting will be here in Tennessee though.
 

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Hello Matthew and welcome to the forum from N.E. Indiana!! Good luck on your search!! 30-30, 45-70, 444, 35, you can't go wrong with any of them, levers are a Blast to shoot!!
 
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Welcome aboard from New Hampshire.
 

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Welcome from South Florida! If you're not into reloading, start! Then purchase that 45-70 and reduce your loads and your shoulder will thank you for it!
 

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Welcome from central W TN.:shakehands:
Most of the areas around you the 30-30 is about all you'll need. Ammo is cheap, most times rifles are reasonably priced.
The 35 Rem is my favorite, but you don't see many here like a little more north. Also ammo is not as easy to find.
45-70 I don't own, but ammo is more popular than the 35 so you see more of it.
But if you decide to load at a later point, well lets get through this first.

RP
 

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Welcome from the marshes of south Louisiana.

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G'day from Australia.

Buy a couple; put them in your gun cabinet; and watch them breed (until the cabinet is full). :burnout:
 

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Welcome........
 
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