Freezer wrote:The newer Marlins and Winchesters have the button safety and it's stupid. I was put there because folks didn't handle their guns safely and unless it's enguaged it does nothing. The half cock is all that is needed. If you place the rifle in the half cock position then enguage the button safety that's two setps you must perform before shooting. That defeats the purpose of the rifle. this was caused by half brained nit whits who didn't take the time to know their rifle and seued the maker of the gun.
BTW, never rely on the safety! Handle you weapon correctly. There are no firearms accidental discharges, only negligent discharges.
Freezer wrote:I hand load and use 150 gr Rem corelocks in my 94 Win. I wouldn't go lighter and for factory ammo would prefer 165 gr. corelock ammo. It's accurate, inexpensive to pratice with and has very dependable performance. I bought my 94 in 1972 and that was my ammo of choice. It's always given me 1.5" @ 100 yards. I've never tried any thing farther with it. My son's 336 Marlin does the same and since it's not scoped either we haven't tried it at 200 yards. These are fun to shoot easy to carry brush guns and we like them for that niche. My go to gun now is a Savage 99f in 308 Win with a 2x7 Leupold. My eyes aren't what they used to be and graduated bifocals make seeing three things at once hard. I use 165 gr Sierra Game Kings over Varget powder and have no problem reaching 400 yards with a 6.5 pound rifle. I had a Browning Lever action in 7-08 which was a great gun but the saddle stock didn't work well with a scope. It's advantage was a detachable mag. Both can use pointed bullets since neither is a tubular mag.
FWIW 165 gr is the optimum for 30 cal. You can use heavier but for deer and pig you don't need it. Have you experimented with the 06? There are some great factory loads out there.
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