What is the best brand name .30-30 lever rifle to buy?
Well GTB how did that Marlin work out for ya ? I've got my dads model 94 and just use it for plinkin'. It has taken a few deer but not in my hands. For a lever gun I use the .444 Marlin, it's heavy but still comes up fast and on target. Very smooth, the trigger is good after a little honing, for knock down you would have to see it. Just don't spend to much time at the range, it will create flinches.
30-30 lever gun probably not the best first deer gun to choose from, personally Id look to a 7mm-08 or 308 bolt for a new gun owner. Way too many safety issues with a lever gun.
But if your hell bent for a lever gun stick with the Marlin brand.
That's what I like about the newer ones having the cross bolt safety. You engage the safety and then load or unload the gun and you keep it engaged while thumbing the hammer down to half cock. That way if your thumb slips or anything else, the gun cannot fire. They still are a little cumbersome to load and unload, so I got my kids a bolt action youth rifle rather than the Marlin 30-30.