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 Post subject: Stevens 325C 30-30
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 2:15 pm 
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I located one of these in a local pawn shop. The asking price on this is $325 which I think is to high, 275 maybe more in line. The whole rifle is pretty clean and in really good shape. There is no rust or pitting on the metal surfaces and the stock has very few dings. I had never seen one of these but am a little intrigued by a bolt action 30-30. I have found very little information on this, I have not had time to do a lot of searching. Most of what I see is for sale and they aren't in as good of shape as this one. Can someone give me their opinion of this rifle? I would really like to hear it.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 325C 30-30
PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2009 5:38 pm 
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I had an uncle who hunted with the Savage (320, I think) bolt-action .30-30. He was a WW II Marine veteran, and a heck of a marksman. He put meat on the table with it for many years.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 325C 30-30
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2009 9:03 am 
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j870,
I'd look at Gunbroker etc to see what similar rifles are going for to establish a starting point and check into the Bluebook of gun values (some libraries might have a copy). Local values can vary though so that may be a factor to consider. OTOH, if you really like the rifle and you got the budget, why not just go for it?

The 340 bolt and 170 pump guns (I used to have the latter in 35 Rem) are quite serviceable and do the job though I found them to be a tad plebian aesthetic wise and still reflexively think lever action when I hear 30-30.

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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 325C 30-30
PostPosted: Fri May 08, 2009 7:19 pm 
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I must have bought over a dozen of these for nieces and nephews under either the Savage, Stevens, or Springfield names. They are a decent gun though I feel $275 to be fairly high for even a very clean gun. I tend to find them under $250 for the most part and I don't think I have paid over $220 for one after taxes. As mentioned, different areas can vary as to prices and they just don't seem to go for all that much where I've seen them. The later models were alos tapped for side scope mounts though some of the stock often had to be planed away for the mounts to fit. I buy these models as I believe in scoping rifles.
There are a few caveats though:
First off, the magazines are expensive and can be hard to find. There were a couple different versions and not all of them are interchangeable. Look very closely to verify that the lips are not all banged up nor cracked; if so you may end up with a single shot.
Secondly, I have run into a couple that had excessive head space. I noticed that when the primers nearly backed out upon firing factory loads. There is no really good means of redirecting escaped gases so wear eye protection when shooting this gun. I have only seen two guns in this shape but that is enough. Make sure you can return the gun and get your money back for the seller in the event this occurs.
All said, I really like these guns and buy them wen I run across them. I load standard spitzer bullets for them and that pretty much duplicates the new Hornady L/R rounds. I find Nosler Ballitic Tips to be a very good bullet for in these guns as the mild velocity does not over stress the bullet at close range and at the 200 yard mark, the bullet still opens up pretty easily. These are yeoman type rifles that were made for general, though not hard, use. They make a good deer gun and one I feel is a better choice for less experienced shooters than lever guns as they have a safety and one does not have to cycle the whole magazine through the chamber to unload.


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 Post subject: Re: Stevens 325C 30-30
PostPosted: Tue May 19, 2009 2:39 pm 
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I went back to talk to the owner about this gun. She will not budge on the price so I have passed on it. I honestly think she thinks this is a much more desirable piece than it is. I know it is still setting there. I may give it a few more weeks and go back and see if she will come down to my price. I really don't think anyone else will buy it especially at the price she is asking.


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