Did I get a deal on this Marlin 336?


March 9, 2006, 08:24 PM
I just picked up a Marlin 336RC 30-30, built in 1950, original finish and a mint barrel. No rust, and the finish was about 90-95%. Nice crisp trigger, and chamber looks clean and well maintained. Stocks look good and no cracks and (I think) original

Picked it up in a pawn shop for $175.

Any ideas if I should refinish or just clean up and have fun shooting?

This is my first rifle (other than a .22 plinker).

damn gun bug..:D


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March 9, 2006, 08:30 PM
just clean it and shoot it.

in 90-95% condition, it isn't far enough gone yet to wrry about re-finishing - and it is a shooter, so go shoot the thing. it will be fun!

oh, yeah, at $175 you did fine. not a steal, but better than what i can get used ones for in worse condition out here.

March 9, 2006, 09:19 PM
Around most parts, $175 for a clean, 90% pre-safety 336RC is a DANG good price. I'm quite jealous.

March 9, 2006, 10:26 PM
Great price on that rifle. The stock should be oiled walnut. Just rub it down with Linseed or Tung Oil and as the guys said...shoot it.

March 9, 2006, 10:32 PM
I paid $200 for my 336 CS in pretty good condition, '82 vintage I believe.

Prices ain't going down. I'd say you got a good deal

And just to save you some trouble working up a load, she's probably going to like 170 gr

March 9, 2006, 10:41 PM
That is a good deal. I payed $160 for my 336cs in the mid 1980s at a gun show. Its the only gun I ever regreted selling but I did sell it for more than what I payed for it.

March 9, 2006, 11:00 PM
I purchased a 336 CS in 30-30 last week for $200 and I thought it was a good buy. My "book" says your RC is worth more than the CS. I think you made a great buy.

March 9, 2006, 11:14 PM
Oh yeah...that's a good price. I have paid a lot more for a 336. :o

April 7, 2006, 12:26 AM
Well, went to the range to shoot this rifle today, and let me tell you...it was fun!:D

Ran 40 rounds through it, and it functioned like a dream. Kick was not bad either. I tried to get this young kid to shoot it, but he wanted to stick to his 22 he was shooting with his dad..:p

Very fun rifle to shoot!!


April 7, 2006, 04:01 PM
I found a very nice 1952 (IIRC) 336 a few years ago in very nice shape with a Lyman 66 on it, priced at $175. I figured the sight alone was worth maybe $60 or so and bought it on the spot. :D

April 7, 2006, 06:32 PM

You got a great deal! I love old marlins and a 336 like yours was my first centerfire rifle too. I still have it, and it's still my favorite rifle for all around use.

Are you going to take it hunting? I still haven't found a rifle that carries or points better. Hope you enjoy it.

April 7, 2006, 08:39 PM
If I could find 'em for that, I'd be buying all I could. Yeah, that's a good deal.

April 8, 2006, 12:52 AM
Dumb question: What is the difference between a RC and a CS model?

Thanks for the edumacation.

I don't have a lever gun, but I want one for some reason. Chuck Connors, I guess.

April 8, 2006, 01:05 AM
Don't know about RC but CS is scoped

April 8, 2006, 11:05 AM
RC means Regular Carbine, (AFAIK). I remember seeing the listings of what each were on the marlin site, or maybe the brownells site...

RC is now just C in the Marlin books...


April 8, 2006, 08:38 PM
Glad you like the rifle. Here in the DFW area, prices on Marlins have been climbing. Just a couple of years ago, rifles about like yours could be bought all day long for under $200, but now $250-300 is what I'm seeing.

And the Glenfield and Marlin budget versions (hardwood stock, simpler sights) were routinely available for about $150, even scoped. Now it's more like $200just for the rifle.

You done good!

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