have a model 45, 30-30 cal, 103.451, under lever action is number Y30793.. I think it was made by Marlin but can't find anything on it. Is it worth a plug nickel? thanks mike
I have been doing a lot of research on these rifles since I just bought one this past weekend. The Sears Model 45 30-30 lever action rifle was made by Marlin for Sears. From what I've read, they are a really good, really reliable gun and the most popular rifle for deer hunting. You can't find anything derogatory about the rifle at all -- only favorable comments. The value runs between 180 to 350 dollars depending on condition. You can tell the age by the letter that precedes the number opposite the lever. Yours is a "Y" and that, from what I've read is a 1964 model. Mine is a "V" which indicates a 1962 model. If you search "JC Higgins Sear Model 45 Rifle," you'll find a whole lot of info there. I happen to be a big fan of Marlin and Sears, so I am very pleased with my purchase. The gun was made the year I was born, which I didn't know until I got it home.
I traded my 243 optima for a model 54 sears and Roebuck 30/30 the rifle is to me I almost perfect shape . What is it worth
Randy gilpin - that is actually a re-branded Winchester model 94 rifle.
Value if in good or better original condition would be about $300 - $400.
Thank you for your reply , Was the trade worth it . I am new to hunting so my nephew gave me an optima 243 but he also told me that at close range the 30/30 would be better. I will be hunting on my property witch is about 7 acres five of those are wooded.
Let me give you a very subjective answer. The CVA Optima if you had the stainless steel version (not sure it comes any other way) is generally valued higher than this gun - but not by much.
However if you are happy with that trade then its a good trade.
As to hunting and terminal ballistics. Its true that the .243 is more of a long range cartridge than the .30-30. However at under 100 or so yards the practical difference is deally moot. Both are exceptional medium game cartridges at these (100 yards or less) close ranges.
The big difference I see in the trade is that you went from a single shot to a repeater. And if a follow up shot is required you will have a huge advantage with the lever action repeater.
If you plan on hunting in thick timber / primarily close range. May I suggest you consider putting a peep rear sight on the lever gun. Peep sights on short range guns are absolutely devastating on game. You will be able to pick up your target as fast, or almost as fast as with a low power scope. Which is my suggestion if you want to mount an optic on your gun.
Thank you again I value all the help I can get I want to do it the right way seeing I am a beginner . Again thank you