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Old 02-10-2013, 6:20 PM
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Default Western Field 30-30 A-EMN (thinking of trading it)

Hey guys i just traded my H&R 243 handi rifle for a old marlin made western field. Are these any good. I have test fired it and its shoots like a dream. He said he had some action work done by some guy who does western guns in San Pablo. Well now in thinking of trading it for a 44 mag. Im not sure if a 44 mag has too much recoil tho. I shoot my 357 sunb nose no problem so i doubt it but just wondering. Or do you guys think I should just keep it cause I know I will never find another one again.
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Old 02-10-2013, 6:43 PM
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Can't wait to see the pics. I would imagine it will be just fine. Wards and Sears used to contract with rifle manufacturers to make rifles with their store names on them.

I have a 1930's Wards Western Field .22 (made by Mossberg) that belonged to my grandfather when he was a kid. It's a fun gun to shoot.
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:21 PM
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My Westernfield 740 has the best factory trigger of ANY rifle I've owned. These are full-on Marlin 336s just made with slightly different/lower-cost features and without any Marlin branding.
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Mine has Marlin fire arms stamped right by the western field stamp. But it made me fall in love with lever actions again!
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Old 02-12-2013, 5:00 AM
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The only thing is don't expect the range you had with the 243.The 30-30 cartrigde is only effective to about 150 to 200 yds max where the 243 is good for 400 to 500 yds maybe a little more.
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The only thing is don't expect the range you had with the 243.The 30-30 cartrigde is only effective to about 150 to 200 yds max where the 243 is good for 400 to 500 yds maybe a little more.
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Old 02-12-2013, 8:05 AM
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Yeah that's why I have my 7mm rem mag for those distances. This is just a brush gun or a Texas hog gun.
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Old 02-12-2013, 9:17 AM
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Makes a good brush gun, make sure tou use round nose bullets no pointed in the mag, tube.
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Old 02-12-2013, 10:09 AM
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Yeah I have the lever action ballistic tips from hornady
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Mine has Marlin fire arms stamped right by the western field stamp. But it made me fall in love with lever actions again!
No kidding? When you get the rifle out of jail, can you tell me the first two digits of the serial number? I'd be interested to know from a collector's standpoint when that rifle was made.
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69 is the first 2 digits. Thats not normal to have both stamps on it?
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Old 02-12-2013, 9:22 PM
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Mine is also a 69 (in this case it indicates 1969, but not all Marlin date codes work that way FYI) and it doesn't have the stamp.

I'm not sure which of our rifles is the exception - yours or mine! Mine doesn't have the stamp. My experience with the hardware store branded rifles has been that they keep the manufacturer a secret. This is quite interesting.

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Old 02-12-2013, 11:39 PM
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Yeah I will post a pic of it on next Thursday when I pick it up.
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Old 02-13-2013, 7:14 AM
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Never pass on a decent looking levergun.
I have a soft spot for the old 'store-branded' guns. I think you'll find the quality to be surprising; some of the best values hiding out in closets and gun cabinets. I also believe the lever-action .30-30 to be one of the mandatory long guns in any collection .
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Old 02-13-2013, 8:03 PM
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What's the value on these? I don't want to mess it up if its worth more than 400 I don't think it is but just curious.
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Old 02-13-2013, 8:37 PM
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I don't have access to a gun blue book but I wouldn't say it's worth more than $400. There seem to be a LOT of people buying them lately so I don't know if it's just because of the current panic (e.g. people selling their old deer gun so they can afford AR15s) or if there was some pile of Westernfields stashed away somewhere that just got released onto the market.
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Ok cause I want a darker blue on it and mount a scope on it for the old lady.
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Old 02-21-2013, 9:23 PM
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Congrats, looks nice. Hopefully you can find some ammo and take it to the range soon.
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He let me borrow it for a few weeks so i took it out too sac valley range a few times and it shoots like a dream.
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Yeah, it isn't normal to have the actual manufacturer's stamp on it along with the store-brand name. Typically it has one or the other. That being said, it isn't unheard of. Sometimes they would get an order in, and fill it with whatever receivers they had on hand.

-Mb (who is a big fan of the Western Field pump shotguns)
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Beautiful rifle. Would you be able to take a close-up picture of that Marlin stamp like we discussed?
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Took It To The Range Again. This Thing Shoots Great.
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What do you guys think?
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Keep it. 30-30 Ammo has been available this whole "shortage".
Plus it's bada$h to have a cowboy gun that's been known for superior accuracy
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