On a budget, a teenager, or just don’t want to spend a lot of money trying out the sport of deer hunting, no problem! There are many perfectly fine deer hunting rifles that only cost a few hundred dollars that you can get and try out the sport. One of them is a the Marlin 336. Introduced in 1948, it still works perfectly well as a hunting rifle even though it may not have a lot of features compared to today’s guns. It is a lever action rifle with a 6 shot tubular magazine which can still give you a good rate of fire as the following video shows:
It is not the most accurate rifle at long ranges but for shooting at ranges under 150 yards it works well. This short range does restrict it to hunting in woods and scrub locations so if you’re hunting at long ranges, this one might not be for you.
It is commonly chambered in 30-30 Winchester, .35 Remington, .308 Marlin Express, and .338 Marlin Express. However, for deer hunting purposes, the .30-30 caliber is probably your best best bet. It it is a common type of deer hunting ammunition, is widely available, relatively inexpensive, and doesn’t excessively damage the deear when hit.
It’s also a good looking gun. It also has the classic old west features of wooden stock, checkered, deeply blued metal surfaces. It weighs only 7 lbs. making it easy to carry into remote or difficult locations.
You can find this deer hunting rifle at sporting goods stores new for between $250-300 but there’s plenty floating around in pawn shops many can be found in the $150-200 range which should also include a decent scope. Make sure that you get a reputable gunsmith to check out your rifle before using it.
Many hunters have brought home a deer with this little gem of a deer hunting rifle and so can you.