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I have a Marlin 30-30 that has a very short throat. I am shooting cast bullets and have to seat my 165 grain bullets way past the case neck. I have read that you will get the best accuracy if the bullet is not seated past the case neck. Since I am sort of stuck with this bullet (I do not cast my own and buy them from a local bullet caster) I was thinking of ordering one of the hand throating tools from Midway @ $99.00. My question is, "Am I asking for trouble doing this or if I take my time and follow the instructions can I throat my rifle without screwing it up?". I have several friends that will go in with me on this tool since it can be used on any .30 caliber rifle, I think. I have a friend that was having this trouble and he sent his rifle off to another state to a gunsmith who throated it for him. Now, it shoots so much better I thought I might give it a try.
 

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With a lever action, your overall length is pretty well controlled by the feeding system. Most any gunsmith can throat your barrel a bit, but you could also seat the bullets a bit deeper into the case. You are pretty well stuck with the finished product being the same OAL as the factory fodder. Play with it a bit first with your loads. A Marlin is easier to work on because you don't have to take it apart so far to work on that end of the barrel. I have some book around here someplace, I will look it up for you.
 
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