Lever Action for Home/Self Defense

Does anyone use say a Marlin 336 or Winchester 1894 as their home defense long gun instead of an AR?

Been thinking about going the old school route instead of getting an AR-15. Just curious if anyone else has done so as well.

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thought about it, but as I do not own a lever yet I’ve stuck with the AR, shot gun, and pistol.
I dodged levers for AR early on in favor of reported recoil reduction.
(Still on the punch list tho. )

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I seem to recall this fella used a lever action for home defense with great success…:grin:

Rifleman

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Indeed he did! I was just thinking that it’s a way to have a long gun in the house and not cause any panic in the neighborhood if someone sees it in my house or as I’m transferring it to my car to go shoot since it’s not one of those “scary black .50 cal shooting assault rifles”.

Ammo can get to be expensive at times…but I need a new hobby when I retire so maybe I’ll just hand load the .30.30 rounds I need. I also heard they make hollow point rounds in .30-30 too which seems intriguing as well.

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Go for it!!

I’m like @CHRIS4…I don’t own one…….YET…….I don’t own one YET……(a lever action is definitely on my short wish list)

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I actually purchased a couple weeks ago a Marlin 336W .30-30. My intent was for deer hunting, but the other thought was “if” the Left were to get into the White House, and’or take over the Senate and keep the House, that “they” will come after AR’s, AK’s and any other military type of weapon people owned.

I personally grew up with a .25-20 Winchester, hex barreled, lever action rifle, so it was nice to get back to “old school” after carrying an M16A1 for 20 years. I dont’ know if I would grab my Marlin first, because the Mossberg also carries 6 rounds, and 00 Buck would be a bit more forceful than a .30 caliber round, especially in a close-in situation. From what I’ve read, most “in house” defensive shots are less than 15’, and that’s why I consistently practice at 5-7yds on the range.

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That was part of my thinking as well. They seem (for now) fixated on AR’s and AK’s and anything that looks like them…while totally ignoring (again for now) the “Cowboy Assault Rifle” chambered in everything from .357 magnum to .45-70 govt.

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I found one a used 336 couple weekends ago at a gun store/range I frequent. Looks like it’s 'been shot maybe 3-4 times…the price on it is a steal. Told my financial manager about it and she didn’t say no…so there’s hope.

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Careful with those .45-70’s. I thought I had should about everything available during my military service, so I fell in love with a Marlin .45-70 Guide Gun… until I went to the range with it. Pretty good recoil with the Hornady 325gr. Then I thought I be clever and try out some 400gr Bear loads. Holy (@#W(*@#!!!

Needless to say, I sold the thing not long after buying it!

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Yeah I shot a friends one time…enough to convince me I didn’t want to shoot it anymore. The Base Exchange where I live has a 336 in .35 Remington for the same price as the used .30-30. Thought about it for half a second until I saw what the prices are for a box of 20 .35 Rem

I purchased mine at Academy Sports + Outdoors. The rifle wasn’t expensive (in the $399 range), and the Fusion ammo (honestly can’t remember the grain right now) was only $20.00/box and were hollow points. I grew up using nothing but hollow points in a lever action because of the concern over rounds in the magazine having the primers face against a fully-jacketed round. Many say that is not a concern with today’s rifles, but that’s okay, I’ll just stay with my old time lessons. I was going to mount a 3X9 on it, but was reminded by a friend that we’re not getting any younger, so stupid me bought a Simmons 6X24X50. ROFL!!! Looks good on the rifle, but I’m still going to go by a 3X9. I should’ve known better!

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Use what you have or can afford!, better than throwing plants.

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A .357 magnum lever gun is on the extreme short list, for my wife. 10 rounds of 125 grain Underwood is hard to argue with.

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If it’s all you have, then make it work. I would never make this choice, but I have plenty of other options and other life experiences. You do you.

I hadn’t thought about a Lever Action for home defense but it is probably a decent idea. I have one in .44 mag and my Cowboy Action gun in .45 Colt. Both are pretty potent man stoppers. I don’t know how bad they would be for over penetration. I would expect they would do better than .223/5.56 if for no other reason than the size of the bullet.

I’ve owned quite a few JM era Marlins over the years.

Honestly those chambered in pistol calibers would make excellent home defense weapons once you become familiar with them but it does require quite a bit of practice to get to where you can get it “right” every time with time and pressure affecting you.

It is very easy, particularly with the longer stroke of the rifle cartridges to short stroke it and get yourself in a real bind. If you do get a double feed as a result they aren’t typically quick or easy to clear.

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I might consider it after Illinois bans semi automatics. Until then, the question I have is why? Arent there far superior platforms for home defense?

I mean, the gun you have is better than the gun you don’t, but if I have an alternative, I’m picking numerous different firearms before I pick a level action.

Remember that “standard” 45/70 loads were made for the old trapdoor Springfields, “Modern” high powered 45/70 loads (Modern lever guns, Ruger or other modern single shots ONLY can generate power similar to .458 Win Mag! (And will explode a Trapdoor rifle!!) So loaded these guns are capable of stopping anything on this planet. (Kodak bears etc). I love the old 45/70 because it’s so flexible. Standard loads drop a deer like a bad habit. I “have” fire hot loads in a Guide Gun- don’t think I’d care to go to the range and fire a couple hundred of ‘em😏

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I was just thinking outside the box a little =…I’ve even considered a PCC as my primary long gun. Trying to stay two moves ahead of the gun grabbers and delaying them banning what I have for personal defense/SHTF/zombie apocalypse as long as I can.