Sidearms & Scatterguns I "modernized" my lever gun...

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Ok...I admit...I think the new rage of making a lever gun "tacti-cool" is..well...cool.

I had an old Marlin 336 in 30-30 that was literally collecting rust. I have not shot it in over 30 years.

Then my friend Chad of Chisel Machining started making stocks for the Marlin and Henry rifles so that sealed the deal.

Now there are many shops turning out really nice lever builds.
But I really did not want put $1500+ plus a 4-6 month wait into a rig that was just going to be for fun.

So I gathered parts and contacted my good friend Mike at The Cartridge Family to do the gunsmithing.

He shortened the barrel to 14 1/2" and then pined, welded, and blended the brake to make 16.2" barrel length.
Slicked up the action. Instalked a Ranger Point trigger and big loop lever.

The Cerakote was also done locally in Magpul OD green.

Topped it with a Leupold VX6 I had laying around.

Here is how it turned out.
 

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Heck yeah, that turned out nice.

I’ve got a posse of Marlins , all pretty much stock except for WWG trigger/ejector upgrades. Now you got me thinkin’….
 
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Heck yeah, that turned out nice.

I’ve got a posse of Marlins , all pretty much stock except for WWG trigger/ejector upgrades. Now you got me thinkin’….
With my eyes, open sights just don't work.
So I figured let's go all out in this build if I'm going to make it an optics only rig.

Hoping to get to the range with it this week to sight it in.
 
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    Are the stock and hg drop in? Or is fitting required?
     

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    What is the out of pocket to do this if you don’t mind me asking. I have a 94 in 444 marlin that would stomp shit even more then it already stomps shit in a configuration like that. Very cool!
     

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    What is the out of pocket to do this if you don’t mind me asking. I have a 94 in 444 marlin that would stomp shit even more then it already stomps shit in a configuration like that. Very cool!
    Not sure of the total. Was given the friend discount.

    If you go to the websites I mentioned in my original post, you can see the prices.

    The Machining and finishing will probably be the largest cost depending on who you use.

    Check out MadPig customs. They build some really cool rigs.
     

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    Nah. Rip the bandaid off and go SBR…
    He’d have to start all over to do it right. Cut the barrel, cut the tube mag, have the mag dovetail or screw stud redid. Then off to refinish again. Oh and cut the HG to fit the custom length barrel. But yes, SBR at current length would be ok I guess
     

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    All that and no it illuminator or can ? Gtfo and gbpse
     

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    I haven't been a fan of modernized lever guns, but I really like this one.
     
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    That’s really cool. Not a fan of the buttstock, but overall pretty damn cool. I think a lever gun chambered in 45 colt set up like this would be good.
     
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    Its unique but I prefer wood and steel. I did however mount a light and rmr on my Winchester 92 😁
    Maybe a wood butt stock and matching MLOK grip panels for the rail
    IMG_5871.jpg
     

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    Ok I can't hold out much longer, I have to have one of these beauties. I won't do a skeletonized buttstock, that ain't my thing but definitely modernize the rest. The only question is...what model and caliber? One of the new Ruger Marlins maybe? .357 mag to match my pistol?
     
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    Ok I can't hold out much longer, I have to have one of these beauties. I won't do a skeletonized buttstock, that ain't my thing but definitely modernize the rest. The only question is...what model and caliber? One of the new Ruger Marlins maybe? .357 mag to match my pistol?
    As far as I know, Ruger is not making anything currently in any other chambering, only 45-70. But Henry makes them in pistol calibers.

    They are a lot of fun. I get it….some folks on here think antique firearms are the thing for me. Me…not so much. I grew up on Louis L’Amour, Zane Gray, John Wayne, Etc., but those old guns do nothing for me.

    But that is the cool thing about firearms. There is something for everyone.

     

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    A nice steel and wood gun aint for a bump in the night.

    Thats for a suppressed shorty, red dot, IR laser, and nods.

    Jeez.
     

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    Was able to get to the range today and sight in the rig.

    I was going to be happy with 1 1/2" - 2" groups.

    So groups like this made my day...especially with my old eyes and only a 6X scope.

    Off of a bench with bipod and rear bag at 100 yards with Hornady Leverevolution ammo. 5 shots.

    The brake makes this thing recoil like a .223.
     

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    With my eyes, open sights just don't work.
    So I figured let's go all out in this build if I'm going to make it an optics only rig.

    Hoping to get to the range with it this week to sight it in.
    I am the same way. In my youth up through my 30's if I could see it I could center punch it all day with iron sights. When I hit my 40's I started to issues with my dominate eye. So once I put a scope on it it was fine. I just can not line up 2 sights and the target in focus anymore.

    I just do not see where the chassis type rear stock and a cheesy looking AR style M-Lock forend does anything positive, beneficial or astatically pleasing to the platform.

    In fact to me it makes about as much sense and wearing your pants down by your knee's so the entire world see's your underwear. It is as practical, stylish and functional as that. Like guys that put loud exhausts, flapping body kits and poorly installed spoilers on cars instead of doing modifications that would actual improve the cars performance.

    I have no objection to any man of woman spending their money as they see fit but if your going to post it on the internet you have to be willing to have people object to it or state their opinion with out getting butt hurt!

    Optics make sense because they improve your ability to see the target just like eye glasses make sense for the same reason. They have utility beyond a keen fashion sense! For some rifle platforms a non-traditional stock makes perfect sense because it can improve accuracy in a massive and repeatable way. In this case though I doubt that is true. The mechanical limitations of the rifle in terms of accuracy are not primarily a stock issue the stock is just one of many factors.

    You started with this!
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    You ended up with this!
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    That all said I am sure some people prefer the latter! LOL

    Seriously though the only important thing at the end of the day is if you like it all joking aside! Yours is not the most hideous one I have seen that is for sure.

    Cheers!
     
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    There is this. Lever action with AR upper.


    That is just so sad. It makes me want to cry. It is like when those idiots in mostly sandy parts of the world blow up priceless ancient sites over their religion! This is just as bad it is like someone took John Moses Browning and then brainwashed him with woke intersectional ideology until this design leaked out of his rotting corpse! That thing is as ugly as a Jackson Pollock painting. It is like forcing Michelangelo to make McDonalds Happy Meal Toys! Truly scary!
     

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    That is just so sad. It makes me want to cry. It is like when those idiots in mostly sandy parts of the world blow up priceless ancient sites over their religion! This is just as bad it is like someone took John Moses Browning and then brainwashed him with woke intersectional ideology until this design leaked out of his rotting corpse! That thing is as ugly as a Jackson Pollock painting. It is like forcing Michelangelo to make McDonalds Happy Meal Toys! Truly scary!
    If I recall, didnt TROY come out with a pump action AR a couple years ago?