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by WildRose
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: Reliability: Lever Action vs Pump Action Rifles
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Re: Reliability: Lever Action vs Pump Action Rifles

Crash wrote:
Tue Mar 26, 2019 5:38 pm
Which, in general, is more reliable, a lever action or a pump action rifle? And, if you had a misfeed in one or the other due to a short shuck or a short stroke, which would be easier to clear and get back in the fight?
I've often seen pump action shotguns in use by law enforcement or the military, but I don't think I've ever seen a pump action rifles used by either of these groups. However, lever action rifle have been used by many law enforcement and military groups (not lately, of course).

Thoughts?

Crash
Police all over the country used Remington 760's for many decades. Incredibly reliable and accurate rifles.

They actually cycle faster than lever actions and you're less likely to short stroke it and jam with a pump vs a lever action.

In general though I'd say the biggest difference is in who manufactures the rifles you're looking at and when they were made. I love Malin Lever actions but there was a lot of problems in the first five years or so after the company sold which is why you pay a premium for JM stamped Marlins.

Browning BLR's are very well respected.

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