04 February 2008
Nice looking rifle !
I did the Savage 99 thing a few years ago ! Had a older 99TD in 300 , an even older 99 in 30-30 and a 60's 99 that was also a 300 .
At the moment however my best shooting lever is a toss up between my Marlin 1893 in 32-40 and my even older Marlin 1895 in 38-56 .Both of these are with cast bullets .
Now for a jacketed bullet lever my new Marlin 308MX is hard to beat !!! I have yet to reload for it , but it will shoot factory into .75” at 100 yards ;)
I had bet the 308 Marlin would shoot,now I am sure of it.
How well do the 32-40 & 38-56 shoot?
I had a Marlin 36 20", barrel , 32 Spec that would shoot the Lyman 319289 into 1.5” with irons at 100 (old days with good eyes) I then read an article about accurizing them.I did all the stuff and then it never shot better than 2.5".What did I think I was going to get with the accurizing 1/2” groups!!!! I should have been happy as it was. If it aint broke.......(you know the rest)
Thats why I never tried hard with a lever ever since. Until this one came along I just used them to plink and 2-1/2” groups were good enough in most 30-30's