Marlin has come out with the 308 Marlin Express. The 308 Marlin Express has ballistics that are comparable to the .308 Winchester. This means we know have a lever action rifle capable of reaching out and touching that buck at 400 yards.
Since this is a new blog and most of you don't know me, I'm gonna start early with a confession. I love lever action rifles. I can still remember as a pre-Kindergarten kid looking through my Dad's Sears and Western Auto catelogs at the rifles and drooling over the lever actions. I can also remember looking at his Glenfield Model 30 30-30 on the gun rack of his bedroom and dreaming of the day I could shoot it.
I've probably killed more deer with a lever action rifle than with any other type of weapon, even bolt guns. Oh yeah, most of those deer were taken with that Glenfield Model 30! I have that gun now and it goes with me when my more expensive and better shooting bolt guns stay at home.
The Marlin 308MXLR
Marlin has chambered two rifles for the 308 Marlin Express. The first one is 308MXLR. This lever gun features a 24 inch stainless barrel with a full pistol grip and a black-grey two toned stock. Sharp looking gun. You can check it out by clicking here.
This new lever action weighs in at 7 pounds and comes with a 5 shot tubular magazine. It goes without saying that this new rifle comes with buckhorn sites and is tapped for a scope.
The Marlin 308MX
The Marlin 308MX is the blued version of the 308MXLR plus it comes with the standard pistol gripped Walnut stock. It also comes with a 22 inch barrel instead of the 24 incher on the MXLR.
The 308 Marlin Express
As I stated earlier, this new round will have nearly the performance of the .308 Winchester. According to Hornady, the 308 Marlin Express had to have a case shorter than the .307 in order to use a longer bullet, thus giving the 308 a higher BC.
I'm not going to bore you with all the technical details, if you want to know more about the round, click here.
The ballistics on this round are excellent. I've also been hearing good things about the Leverevolution bullets that Hornady has been cranking out for other lever calibers like the 30-30 Winchester and .35 Remington, so I have no doubt the 308 Marlin Express will be more than capable of dropping your buck under 400 yards.
This Guns & Ammo Review of the Marlin Lever Action Rifles and the Hornady 308 Marlin Express round stated that the Stainless Lever gun was going for around $800 and that the Blued version with shorter barrel would retail for around $600.
I'll certainly be on the watch for them. I've never owned a stainless steel lever action rifle!
You can find ammunition for the 308 Marlin Express by clicking here.