Marlin 336 in .35 remington?


October 13, 2008, 11:48 AM
I have a line on a fairly nice Marlin 336 in .35 remington. I'm looking for a good gun for east Texas whitetails and hogs. I realize the downside to this is that the .35 ammo is harder to find. This is a pre-safety model. The guy wants $285 for it. Is this a good deal, or should I just look for a 30-30?


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October 13, 2008, 11:51 AM
I'd be all over it. How much ammo do you need stocked up? Good deal

October 13, 2008, 07:02 PM
Buy it. NOW
I spent 3 months looking for a presafety 336 in 35 Remington a while back in the same general area, and never found one for under $350.

October 13, 2008, 08:26 PM
Having both a 336/30/30 and 336/35, I would have to say that for hunting, the 35 is my first choice.

I had a Marauder once, foolishly sold it, and missed it so much I had the barrel and magazine on my 35 cut to 16.5". Accuracy actually improved!

I will have the 30/30 shortened in the near future.

There will be some, minimal velocity loss, but the handling, IMO, is greatly improved.

October 13, 2008, 08:35 PM
If you want a .35 - I'd say buy that one as soon as you can.


Quickdraw Limpsalot
October 13, 2008, 09:47 PM
Buy it before someone else does, or give the guy my number!!!

I LOVE my 336cs in .35 Remington and will grab another one if the opportunity arises. My go-to deer rifle.

October 13, 2008, 11:15 PM
Either buy or please PM me soonest with the guy's contact info. I'll have a FedEx envelope in his hands in 24hrs with a USPS money order.

No crap.

October 14, 2008, 07:28 AM
For several years back in the early '70's my .35 Remington 336 was my only CF rifle. While factory ammo wasn't as ubiquitous as .30-30 in the rural SW MO area where I lived, it certainly wasn't rare - even in very small town 'general merchandise' stores. If our local Wally World in a state where you can't legally hunt deer with a rifle (except revolver caliber carbines) has it, finding a supply in Texas shouldn't much of a problem.

FWIW, I chose the .35 over a .30-30 out of practical necessity. My only CF handgun at the time was a .357 and I used home cast Lyman 358429 bullets almost exclusively in it. I could, and did, use the same slugs and 2400 or Unique powders for practice/utility loads in the .35 Remington. With those loads the cases lasted indefinitely, often more than 25 reloadings.

IIWY, I'd jump on that deal before somebody else does.

October 14, 2008, 08:02 AM
I am meeting the guy today to pick up the rifle. After-all, it's only money right?

Thanks for the advice guys.


October 14, 2008, 08:23 AM
dont wait, buy it, then an ammo can, and 200 rounds of ammo! then, have lots, and lots of fun!

October 14, 2008, 10:16 AM
Awsome round. You will not be dissapointed. It will hammer critters like you wouldn't believe.

October 14, 2008, 02:58 PM

Great choice in the .35 Rem in Marlin 336. I have two, inherited from my dad and uncle, who have passed on. I've used them for many years with great results and satisfaction.

I find ammo locally at Wally-World. I don't know if the local Wally stocks .35 Rem in your town or not, but here it is no problem. They actually sell the new Hornady LeverEvolution round for about $2 bucks less than the plain-jane Remington loads. Take my advice and get the Hornady's, they offer a big step up in performance. The only disappointment I've had in the ammo area was the rapidly escalating price of the Remington factory loading. It was only around $15.00 a couple of years ago and now it's over $24.00 a box. The Hornday offers more performance for less cost. Local prices may vary!

If you can't find the ammo locally, Midway USA and Midsouth Shooters Supply can provide you the ammo without a problem.

October 14, 2008, 03:07 PM
Gorgeous gun. Buy it! I sure would.

Leverevolution ammo works well in .35 Rem, and it's readily available. A guy was trying some out in his Marlin for the first time at the local range. The groups were really impressive.

For hunting, that's all you need. Who cares if there's a lot of other stuff off-the-shelf? A 336 isn't a plinker anyway; it's a hunter.:)

October 14, 2008, 03:12 PM
I plink 1 MOA groups with 158 Sierra bullets out of my 336. Price seems very reasonable. I haven't been able to match that accuracy with rifle bullets yet.

October 14, 2008, 03:13 PM
First thing I'd do before I shot it is move the scope foreword in the rings all the way to the power adjustment ring.

That right there looks like a "scope eye" waiting to happen!

Maybe that's why it's for sale so cheap!
Check the seller for an eyebrow scar! :evil:


October 14, 2008, 04:15 PM
Well, I picked up the gun today and I must say that it looks well cared for. The rifling looked good and the lever locked up tight. Everything appeared well cared for. I already have a Williams peep sight from another firearm that I sold and plan to put it on the 336. So, moving the scope won't be an issue. The scope is a cheap Bushnell sport view so it would have to go even if I didn't use a peep.

Anyway, I'll let you know how it shoots. I checked local WalMarts and they all quit carrying it a couple of years ago due to not selling much in that caliber. However, Gander Mountain ($30 for the Remington Core Lokt, 200 grain) has it and I can buy it online as well. I'm surprised Academy doesn't carry it since they usually have a good selection. Oh well...


October 14, 2008, 04:19 PM

Before you drop $30 on cheapo ammo at Gander Mountain, seriously, get some Leverevolution for the thing. $21.34 for much better ammo.

Quickdraw Limpsalot
October 14, 2008, 04:53 PM
While I agree with ArmedBear about Hornady ammo being good stuff, I've gotta tell you that I've taken many a deer with that 'cheap' old Remington Corlokt 200 grainer. It hits 'em like a truck. Both are very good medicine in a .35 Remington.

October 14, 2008, 05:20 PM
True enough, but if the Remington stuff is $30 and the Hornady is 21, I'd go with the Hornady.:)

Quickdraw Limpsalot
October 14, 2008, 05:24 PM
Well, I can't argue with that. :)

October 14, 2008, 06:22 PM
Hard to believe that the Remington stuff is up to $30/box. I am so glad I started reloading for the 35. It is so much cheaper.

October 14, 2008, 08:44 PM
They have several 35 Rem loads for about 20 bucks a box.

Hope this helps,


October 14, 2008, 08:59 PM
Have any of you reloaders tried the Hornady 180-gr, HP/XTP handgun bullet in the .35 Remington - either a rifle or Contender handgun ?


Quickdraw Limpsalot
October 14, 2008, 09:11 PM
I have some .35 Remington rounds with XTP's loaded up, but haven't shot anything with them yet. Just guessing, but I'd say it would be a good idea to hold off the shoulder on a deer if you use this load. We've had a few XTP's "blow up" on the front shoulder of a deer and require a follow up shot (one resulted in a lost deer.) Those were loaded in a .44 Magnum (10.5" barrelled handgun.) We've since gone to using hard-cast lead loads in the .44 SBH's.

October 14, 2008, 09:15 PM
I'm jealous, but I cannot afford everything I want. Since a .243 Winchester load can best a .30/30 load on any given day, a .35 Remington represents a totally different beast regarding 100 yard carnage. .35 Remington is a true brush-buster 200 grain bullet. At 300 yards, a .243 Winchester will best many bigger calibers powerwise and especially accuracywise, yet, at 50 yards, I'd love a .35 Remington for Michigan's dense-woods deer hunting! cliffy

October 22, 2008, 06:55 PM
Hello kind folks,

I'm new here. Great board.

I've been looking for a used Marlin 336 in 30-30 for a month or so now, only because I don't own a "real" hunting rifle (Shotguns and SKs yes), and the 336 seems like a "classic". I believe classics are "classics" for a reason, and in the current political climate, maybe someday I'd be sad for not going ahead and buying a good rifle while I still can. One never knows what might end-up coming in handy. So maybe this is a "what-if" purchase.

Today I was in a pawn shop, and they had no 336s in 30-30, but did have a 336 in Remington 35. It's pre-safety, it looks pretty fine and "felt" good... and had a $230 price-tag on it. I guess that's really cheap. But I didn't buy it because it wasn't 30-30, and I'm not really thinking about hunting, I just want a cool rifle because, well, I want a cool rifle.

I live on a pretty big spread in Western NC. Lots of woods and hills. There's too many deer here, and the Black Bear and Coyote population is on the rise too.

I guess my questions are:

Why is pre-safety "good"?

I don't care that much that 35 ammo is more expensive, but I figured the wide availability of 30-30 is a good idea. What makes Remington 35 a desirable round?

Thanks so much for all opinions.


October 22, 2008, 07:18 PM
Pre-safety Marlins are preferred by some because we use the half-cock notch on the hammer as our safety and don't need/want any other parts that can break or gum up the works. It's a curmudgeonly kinda thing. :)

I prefer 35 Remington to 30-30 simply because it makes bigger holes and throws heavier chunks o' lead. That is always handy.

That's a dang good price. You can likely sell it for more than you bought it for, should you pick it up and decide later that it's not your cup of tea.

October 22, 2008, 07:36 PM
I would snap it up for that price. I prefer the presafety because it does not have a silly looking, redundant button on the side of the receiver. A classic levergun should not have anything protruding from the side except maybe a receiver sight or a saddle ring.

The 35 Rem is an ideal cartridge for your neck of the woods and the game you have. I lived in the mountains of East TN for many years and I can't think of a much better cartridge and rifle combination for hunting the Laurel and Rhododendron infested hollows and creek bottoms of the Southern Appalachians. Buy it. You won't regret it.

October 25, 2008, 08:33 PM
Ok, I appreciate the input and I bought what I now know is a 1973 mfg 336 in 35 Remington. It has a Bushnell Sportview Scope that looks a lot like the one in the OP's photo, although the mount bands are flat instead of convex. Is this possibly factory?

Do you think I should look for Leverevolution 200 Grain FTX?

...or stick with Remington brand 200 Grain Soft Point Core-Lokt?


October 25, 2008, 08:39 PM
The .35 has a well deserved reputation as a stellar brush gun up here in the Northeast. The .35's command a premium. That is what I would pay for a 30/30, a .35 in that condition for that price would be gone by now. Get it an enjoy, a great gun and caliber. Bill

October 25, 2008, 09:14 PM
The regular Remington Core-Lokt has been killing deer and black bear quite handily for decades.


Bily Lovec
October 26, 2008, 09:25 AM
the 35 remmy is one of those calibers that totally blows away the written ballistics. It performs WAY better than you'd ever think by reading about it.
one of my ATF rounds...

congrads, and welcome to the kewl caliber club :D

October 26, 2008, 10:45 AM
IMO, the 200 gr. RN factory or equivalent handloads are perfectly suited to their traditional task of taking medium-sized game (whitetail, black bear, etc.) at typical 'woods hunting' ranges. Even today I doubt that the average range at which deer are harvested east of the Mississippi much exceeds 75 or 80 yds.

While the scope base may be from Marlin, it's extremely doubtful that the rings or scope are. Thirty-five years ago "package" deals including a scope, mount and rings with a rifle were almost unheard of except for some .22 RF models. The typical buyer for a .30-30 or .35 Remington carbine back then was still much more likely to mount a receiver sight or use the stock open irons, although the trend toward optics was gaining momentum quickly.

The major 'advantages' that I can see in the new Hornady load would be the improved ballistic coefficient offers less drop to consider at ranges over 125 yds and somewhat enhanced terminal performance from advances in projectile technology.

IMO, it's kind of a toss-up in practical terms unless one is using one of the new XLR models designed to optimize the performance of that specific ammo via their 22-24" barrels. Under 125 yds I doubt that the game would even notice, given proper placement.

Around here the new Hornady loads cost nearly twice as much as the conventional ammo, especially at this time of year when "loss leader" pricing comes into play as hunting seasons near. YMMV, but I'd try a couple or three brands of the original 200 gr. load and use what gives the best accuracy in my carbine.

October 26, 2008, 03:40 PM
I appreciate the help.

Gander Mountain is the only place I can find locally that stocks 35 Remington, and they want $30.00 + tax per box.

Online, The Sportsman's Guide wants $22.27 for Core-lokt and $21.17 for Leverevolution.

Natchez has 200g Core-Lokt for $20.86. Leverevolution for $22.49.

Anyone have any other favorite web-shopping places?


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