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Hello everybody. I am Jeremiah and just purchased my first Marlin yesterday for a whopping $125 dollars cash. A little background on myself. I am 28 yrs old serving proudly in the USAF. I am an Avionics Technician by trade but am currently working behind a desk for atleast another year. I am married and have 2 wonderful children and one more on the way. I live in Vilonia, Arkansas but I am originally from Dover, DE. Ok now on with the gun story.

The wife and I were out yesterday and she wanted to stop at the pawn shop to look at some saddles. I quickly agreed and in we went. We went and looked over what she wanted to and I patiently awaited to go into the gun room. In I go with no real hope to find a "good deal" as most pawn shops now a days just dont have them. I quickly went to the lever guns and started looking them over. They had a glenfield that was pretty decently priced but I just didnt know anything about them. On the lower rack was a Marlin 30-30 marked $150. I quickly decided further investigation was necesary.

I pulled it off the shelf as much as I could due to the locking cable that holds it to the rack and decided to run the lever through its motions. It opened no problems but when I went to close it nope aint happening. I almost decided to just put it back on the shelf and walk away at that point but decided I better atleast try to close her up. I quickly realized that the loading gate was lose and was being pushed up while the lever was opened. I managed to get it back down and the lever was than able to be returned to closed position. I told the owner I wanted to look at the gun further with a bore light. He came in pulled it off the rack after unlocking it and handed it to me. I opened her up and held her up to the light. I almost threw up in my mouth. There was so much packing grease in this gun along with dust and grit and grime. I was highly dissapointed seeing all the dirt and grit in with the grease. I looked down the bore and saw a very bright bore with strong rifling with lots of grit in it. I than went to close the lever back up and it wouldnt. I said sir I cannot get this gun to close. He said "looks like I have to send another one off to be fixed" I said Ill give you 125 cash for it right now. He said deal and we were on our way to the counter.

I get the gun home and decide it needed to be stripped down and cleaned immediately. In the process of losening some screws I realized that almost every screw on the gun was like finger lose. So I decided to tighten them all up. In doing so the loading gate returned to its normal position so I gave the gun a cycle. Opens and closes no messing around. I said wow I fixed that by just tightening the screw. Later that evening I tore the gun down to bare bones and cleaned all the grease and grime out of her. The bore is gorgeous and although the finish is rough on the rest of the gun I really like the look of it. I plan to use this gun for hunting so I dont mind it looking a bit rough as long as it gets the job done.

So here it is my first lever gun and my first Marlin. It is a model 30AS by the way...



This is immediately after getting it home. My son likes to watch me do everything and try to sneak a quick poke or two in while im not looking. The gun was empty otherwise he would have been no where near it.



This is after I cleaner her and lubed her before putting it away. All I need to do now is find a rear sight for it. All that was left of the original was the beavertail. Everything else had been sheered off some time long ago.
 

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Welcome from Abilene and Goldthwaite, TX! Thanks for your service and thanks for great pics of a great old rifle! Glad you're here! John
 

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Welcome to Marlinowners from Louisiana!!! Thank you for your service!!!
 

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Welcome from South carolina,Cajun. You dont find a sight around there soon, PM me and Ill mail ya a extra one I have. But Id put a peep on it. Skinner sights is on here. Dont have one yet. But these guys swear by em. I have XS, and williams on mine.Glad to have ya,Gunrunner.
 

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Hi roboskittle, I am from NE FL near jacksonville. Thanks for serving our country. We have a Veterans site. This forum is very informative and friendly. Ask any questions you want. Someone in the forum can answer. Welcome Aboard.
 

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+1 on the Thank You For Your Service. Congrats on your first Marlin, and at $125, cant beat that. Let us know how it shoots when you get a chance to fire it!! Welcome to MO as well.
 

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welcome from cape coral florida
 

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Welcome to the forum and congrats on your first gun (all the better that it was a Marlin) purchase. Great price on something that, with a little elbow grease, will be a shooter for years to come. Make sure to take that boy of yours out with you shooting as soon as he's ready.Thank you for your service.
 

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Welcome, from DFW, Texas
 

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Wow thank you everyone for the warm welcomes. I guess I should have been a little more clear. This is not hardly my first gun it is just my first Lever Gun. I have everything from a Percussion Lock .50 cal Muzzle Loader to a really nice Winchester 70 in 30.06. And a lot more in between. My son will be out there as soon as he can learning the skill of how to properly handle a firearm. My father did it with me and I will do it with my Son and my Daughter.

Thank you again to all of you. If I can get a factory rear sight that would be great. I have been looking at the peep sights and stuff but nothing really is screaming out at me other than a factory piece.
 

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Welcome from the Peach State!!! :p

Thanks for your service. Former Avionic Navigation System Specialist myself.
 

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Welcome to MO and congrats on the rifle! Thank you for your service from an old AF cop. :)

A rear mounted peep would be a great addition to that rifle and then you can just buy a dovetail slot blank to fill in that rear sight gap.

Do some searching here on the net and you'll turn up lots of information on peep sights.

You can also find information on sprucing up the metal, refinishing the stocks, and just about anything else you can think of. :)
 

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Wow this is deffinately the biggest welcome party I have had on any forum that I am a member of. Again thank you for the warm welcomes. I am having no luck finding a factory rear sight for a decent price.
 

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My brother mike(Headhunter3006) bought one in alot worse shape than your 30A, He ended up painting and playin around with the stock,until he can get a good walnut stock. Anyway he shot it for the first time today after church.Im putting the results up in 336 now. It shoots way better than it looks ;) Hes going to put a peep on it.Gunrunner,
 

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Yeah mine is gonna stay as is cosmetic wise. I will probably end up giving the gun a good steel wool rub down to knock off some of the roughness. I love the patina on this gun that is no older than I am. I love the stock the way it looks but will probably rub it down with some steel wool as well and just rub some tung oil into it. Like I said the bore is gorgeous on this gun and I am hoping she is a tack driver. I want to make sure the gun is gonna shoot good groups before I shell out over half of what I paid for it for a nice set of peep sights.
 

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Im only in on the weekends but if still no luck by next. Pm me your address and Ill fix ya up.Want cost you nothing. Good people on here for sure,We dont mind helping when we can.(The way it should be everwhere) Ive made alot of friends on here, who dont mind me cutting up and playing from time to time.Id do whatever I could for em..But Ill be wanting to see groups shot with em ;D Mike put the deleate saddle ring from Cody Wy. on it.It sure looks better to us anyway.We dont care much for the cross bolt safety,But to each his own.Just put these pictures and the story up on 336. Take care Randy,,
 
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