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I am looking at getting another Marlin lever action but I am torn between getting a 1894 in .44 Mag or going with a 336 in .30-30? I would get it in SS.
I have a 1894 in .357 and I do own carbines in 9mm & .40S&W. As for rifles I have a 10/22, Mini-14 and a .308 bolt action.
I know that the right answer is GET BOTH, but I have to start with one first. :D

I sincerely would like your opinions.

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Lateck,
 

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To me a 30-30 is a hunting gun and the 44 would be just pure fun to load for :) I have a 357,30-30 and 45-70 so I don't need the 44...yet ;D
 

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I don't know that it would really make much difference, the 30-30 with the LE round would buy you a little distance over the 44 but if you are shooting under 150yds there just isn't much in it.
 

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The .44 is a whole lot more than the .357. But since you already got a 1894 go for the .30-30.

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If you own any pistols in 44 mag, I would suggest the 44. Otherwise, what are you going to use it for, and where do you live? Will you reload or all factory ammo? :eek: DP
 

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If you own any pistols in 44 mag, I would suggest the 44. Otherwise, what are you going to use it for, and where do you live? Will you reload or all factory ammo? :eek: DP
Thank you, I did leave out a lot of info.
I do not own any .44 guns at this time. I live out in the Arizona Desert, I do not re-load.
I would love to say hunting as my goal but......It would be hunting paper Zombies and tin cans :( ;D (at this time).
I guess I could include the "Cool" factor... Would that be .44?

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308 is a little better fit for desert longer range stuff than 30-30 :) 44 probably cooler cal. Save your brass you will be reloading before you know it ;D
 

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Lateck said:
Thank you, I did leave out a lot of info.
I do not own any .44 guns at this time. I live out in the Arizona Desert, I do not re-load.
I would love to say hunting as my goal but......It would be hunting paper Zombies and tin cans :( ;D (at this time).
I guess I could include the "Cool" factor... Would that be .44?

Thanks again.
Lateck,
The 1894 44 magnum would probably be your best bet for that purpose. Find some light 44 Special level lead bullet loading and the ammunition should be less expensive than the 30/30 as you will probably only find that with jacketed bullets.

In the desert washes and drainages the 44 will work fine for bunnies, javelina, coyotes and other misc. small game as well as deer. For long range cross canyon shots the 30/30 won't be much better and when punching paper or trash the 44 leaves a hole that is easier to see.

Also having the 1894 in 44 will be an excellent reason to add a revolver later. And save your brass as reloading is another aspect of the sport that you will find enjoyable tuning your loads to your gun and target.
 

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A 1894 in 44 mag is fun to shoot and I really like the square bolt design. However, 30-30 is also fun to shoot and you can buy federal ammo that is less than $15 bucks a box of 20 at Walmart.

Since you already have a 1894 in .357 I think you need a rifle cartridge to pick up where the .357 leaves off. 30-30 is the cheapest way to go down that road and there are certainely plenty of them out there.

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I own 2 1894s both in 357 and 1 336 and 1 30TK in 30-30, along with a bolt 30-30 and a singleshot 30-30. I don't own a 44 so I admit I am biased, so to be fair get 'em both. For sure save brass, even if you never reload, you can sell or trade it.
 

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I'll just quote the old Thompson Center Contender ad for getting a 30-30 over a .44

"More energy at 100 yds than the .44 has at the muzzle"

That being said you can always buy a .44 later but I would definately get the 30-30 first.
 

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I see it a little bit differently than you do, Swany. If you buy some premium (Buffalo Bore) 270 grain rounds, the energy for the 44 is greater than the 30-30 out to about 90 yards. After that range, the 30-30 reigns supreme. I admit that this isn't every day ammo but my conclusion is the same as yours: for one rifle, a 30-30 is a better choice.
 

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I love 30/30s, but given the reason he wants it I think he might be better served with a 44, especially if he starts loading. For a hunting gun I'd pick the 30/30 every time, if I could only have one, but for goofing off with I'd pick the 1894.
 

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I gotta side with Leverdude here. Cost of ammo at Wally World is within .04 of each other with the Winchester white box 44 mags coming out cheaper. Once ya start to reload, nothing is easier to learn on than a straight walled pistol case. Plus the 94 is about a pound lighter. DP
 

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For the targets he is talking about energy or expensive bullets are not going to kill the paper or tin cans any deader. Economy comes to mind first.
 

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Leverdude said:
I love 30/30s, but given the reason he wants it I think he might be better served with a 44, especially if he starts loading. For a hunting gun I'd pick the 30/30 every time, if I could only have one, but for goofing off with I'd pick the 1894.
Although he does not have any .44 pistols, don't forget that the 1894's are a family and a family loves company! With the 1894 you can play with .357 mag/.38 specials, .44 mag/special and the .45 LC. Talk about variety. Besides all those pistol cartridges, get yourself a big S&W .460 and you can also shoot your .45 LC and the .454 Casull. I'm starting to get confused myself with all the bullet choices.
 

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I would probably go with the 1894 but that is because I already have a 30-30, though it's not a Marlin.. :'( Even though its a Winchester it shoots very well. And an 1894 is on my list for guns to get next year..lol. ;D
 
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