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I just signed on, though I have viewed stuff many times over the years. I got my first Marlin, a 336C in 30-30 in 1964 for $52. I was 15. Now I have a bunch of Marlins, a bigger bunch of Savage 99's, a couple Winchesters, a few Brownings, a Rossi and a couple Henry's for lever guns, of course there are a few Mausers, Enfields, Mossberg's AR's,a Garand, other rifles, shotguns, and handguns. Started reloading 30-30 in 1965, casting with a single cavity 311041 and using Hi-Vel#2 powder. Over the years I have been both amused and annoyed by the 'That is accurate FOR A LEVER ACTION'. I expect accuracy well under 2 MOA from my lever guns. I believe in scopes for any and ALL hunting. I think that a good 2-2.5 lb trigger on a 1.5 MOA rifle is a better hunting rifle than a 1/2 MOA rifle with a 5lb plus trigger. I have little patience with folks who are giving advice that is not based on personal experience. When I have an opinion I will try to be clear that it is an opinion, but based on things I have learned.
I have hunted the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming since 1977, on foot and on horse, packing my own horses into some empty places, mostly without company or help. I do most of my 'fun' shooting with Savage 99's in 300, 303, 308 or 243, or Marlin's in 32 Special or 35. Marlin lever guns - 35 Rem's, 30-30'S, 32 Special's, 444, 45-70s, 218 Bee, 22LRs, 44 Mag, 30 Carbine. I don't really have a COLLECTION, more of an impulse accumulation. I have restocked and rebarreled Marlins, Savage 99's, Mausers. I reload for everything I shoot, cast or buy cast bullets, for hunting Nosler Partition where availble or other 'premium' bullets. I do NOT enjoy recoil or muzzle blast. I do use top loads in the 45-70, 444, and 358 for elk. I have found that an 8lb rifle, that's loaded with scope and sling is about right in the rough country for elk now that I am 'older'. Open country, maybe almost 9lbs. I hunt on foot carrying my rifle in my hands or slung barrel down from my left shoulder. When a scoped rifle stops shooting I expect a problem with the scope regardless of make, Leupold and Burris do fail, I know. I retired to a farm so have my own range with backstops to 250 and up to 1000 yards available. SO I'll enjoy the TENDERFOOT designation.
 

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Welcome to Marlin Owners from the Sierra Foothills. Enjoy the site and the tenderfoot designation while it lasts.

Jack
 

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Welcome from Goldthwaite, TX! Thanks for joining us! If you're taking part in all that this forum has to offer, your "tenderfoot" designation won't last long! John
 

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Welcome from Kentucky!
 

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Welcome from The Republic of Texas...
 

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Welcome from Central NY ! Sounds like you fit here like a glove.
 

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Welcome from Olympia, WA; in the Great Pacific Northwest - "The "Original 444 Marlin®" Country!
 

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Welcome from SW Ohio.

Sounds like you've got a wealth of experience to speak from. And you know what you like.

Good hunting.

You won't stay Tenderfoot long.
 

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Welcome from KY.
 
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