Search found 1 match

by The Annoyed Man
Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: Reliability: Lever Action vs Pump Action Rifles
Replies: 7
Views: 1076

Re: Reliability: Lever Action vs Pump Action Rifles

I have 3 lever action rifles, and one pump action shotgun. The lever actions are a Henry .22LR, a "Remlin" Marlin 30/30, and a JM stamped Marlin .45/70. The shotgun is a Mossberg 590A1. I have never short-shucked any of the lever actions. I HAVE short-shucked the shotgun a couple of times.

I admit to having more time on the rifles than the shotgun, and so I’m sure that familiarity probably plays a part in that, but I have personally found the lever action to be more intuitive, in no small part because it feels to me like a more rapid and economical motion than pumping the shotgun does. Less effort is required.

The loading gate on the Remlin was quite stiff out of the box, but I replaced it with a lighter one from Ranger Point Precision, and problem solved. The loading gate on the older JM stamped Marlin is just fine as is. In terms of mechanical reliability, they are both perfectly reliable ... the difference between the two being primarily in quality of assembly and fit and finish. The pump action shotgun is reliable too, but seems to take more effort to cycle the action. I’ve only ever shot a pump-action rifle a couple of times in my life, so I can’t really give a thorough answer.

In a general way, I think I prefer a lever action to a pump action, but I don’t think one is inherently more reliable than the other. In the end, I think it boils down to training. If I trained more with my shotgun, I’d probably never short-shuck it. I’ve spent more time behind the rifle than the shotgun, and I’m therefore better with the rifle.

It just goes to show that there’s no substitute for training.

Return to “Reliability: Lever Action vs Pump Action Rifles”