Gun Report

Winchester Ranger .30-30 Win.

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This gun was more expensive and lacked the Marlin's checkering, front-sight hood, sling swivels, sling, and trigger pull. If you have to have top-eject or a tang-mounted safety, then consider it a Conditional Buy.

Winchester Ranger .30-30 Win.

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One of our complaints about the Winchester was the jiggly lever action fit. It rattled when the action was open or closed.
A major difference between the guns was the grip design. The Ranger had a classic straight grip. We didn't like the plastic buttplates on either gun, and would replace them with rubber buttplates at the first chance.
Fit and finish on the Ranger weren't quite as good as on the Marlin, we thought. The wood-to-metal gaps on the Ranger were more pronounced, for example. One thing we'd probably do on both guns is knock the sharp corners off the hammers (arrows).

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