Which 30-30 Win 94 or Marlin 336?


October 18, 2008, 02:38 AM
I have a real big problem here.... I have too many guns.... lol....

The real issue is that I got a real good deal on a few guns (from a trusted source).... I got a couple of really really old .22's, a .308 and a Winchester Model 94 lever action 30-30...

I had to dip into a vacation fund, and the GF isn't too happy about that... so I told her we could compromise and I would sell one of them.... which quelled her a bit *whew*....

Little did she know, I already had a Marlin Model 336 lever action 30-30... so selling a gun was almost a given... lol... *everyones happy*woohoo*...

But now I have to decide which one to sell....

I used the Winchester as a kid out deer hunting, so it has some sentimental value that the Marlin doesn't (I bought it cause it was a good deal and I wanted a good brush gun)... but they both seem so similar in most ways...

The Winchester is about 30 years old.... the Marlin.. who knows.... both in great shape....

So, which one would you keep? Why? How much would you sell the other for?

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October 18, 2008, 03:02 AM
Well, if she really isn't aware of what you have in current inventory, do you have an old garbage gun that you might be able to sell someone? I'm not really advising you to lie to her.... well, maybe I am. If you have to move something to appease her, I suggest that you offer up your least favorite gun. Does she know a Winchester from a Marlin from an old Remington Boat Anchor? Is she expecting the sale of some firearm or the sale of a specific firearm? Heck, if you absolutely have to, sell the "loser" and keep the winners.

Of course, I'm divorced, and could be a lousy advocate.

October 18, 2008, 08:55 AM
Sell the Marlin. Although I personally prefer Marlins, your 94 has sentimental value that will grow with age. Save it for a kid. You can more easily replace the 336.

October 18, 2008, 09:49 AM
Sell the Marlin. Although I personally prefer Marlins, your 94 has sentimental value that will grow with age. Save it for a kid. You can more easily replace the 336.

I agree. I personally like the Marlin better, but they ain't making Winchesters anymore.

October 18, 2008, 10:08 AM
Sell the GF.


Jeff F
October 18, 2008, 10:14 AM
I agree with Shawnee, you can allways get another girlfriend;)

October 18, 2008, 10:25 AM
I'd keep the one with sentimental value. You can PM me about the Marlin.

October 18, 2008, 11:30 AM
Sell the Marlin. Although I personally prefer Marlins, your 94 has sentimental value that will grow with age. Save it for a kid. You can more easily replace the 336.

I am not a Winchester guy, Marlins are my thing, but I would agree. Keep the one with the sentimental value. Lots of good used Marlin's around, if you need to replace it later it will not be as hard.

The Bushmaster
October 18, 2008, 01:53 PM
Keep the Winchester. The marlin can be replaced at a reasonable price and the Winchester has memory that will be passed along when you and your GF (if you have the same one) have children.

Ben Shepherd
October 18, 2008, 01:57 PM
I used the Winchester as a kid out deer hunting

Easy, NWIH would I sell the winchester. She could go find a new BF first.

October 18, 2008, 02:58 PM
The win. was my first deer rifle passed down from my grandfather, to father, to me. I guess it is a personal preference but I would have to keep the win. because of the sentimental value because they are both good guns.

October 18, 2008, 03:49 PM
I agree you should sell the Marlin(or the GF) If you decide to sell the Win please PM me

October 18, 2008, 04:36 PM
Sell the GF.

Can you post a picture and a price?

I have to agree with the others and say try to get them both. A 30-30 is a very useful round. One of my favorites.

Dr. Tad Hussein Winslow
October 18, 2008, 06:12 PM
Sell the GF

+1. Trade it in on a new model with a non-functioning vocal module, a deluxe cook & clean algorithm, and clean/erased opinion drive, if possible. Anyone see "The Little Mermaid" - she was the perfect woman during the middle part of the movie. :evil:

Seriously, I guess I'd keep the one that has sentimental value for you, the Winchester.

October 19, 2008, 03:10 AM
Yeah, I am leaning towards selling the Marlin for the sentimental reasons.... even though I'm not all that sentimental of a guy... lol

What do you think they are each worth?

On the other side of the equation... he threw in a couple of .22's.... real real old ones.... but I don't really want to sell them...

One was my grandfathers first gun...

a Stevens Arms Company- Little Scout 22 Long Rifle Model 14 1/2.... manufactured between 1911-1916 (according to information on the net)... little single shot

second one down on the left...


and a Winchester Model 1890 pump action .22 with an octagonal barrel... manufactured between 1908-1911


And no one told me how much I should expect to get from the Marlin or the Winchester.... I hope I can recover enough that the vacation fund doesn't look too sad.... lol

October 19, 2008, 03:22 AM
I just priced a Marlin 336 .30-30 with a scope today at a pawn shop. They were asking $279. Both are excellent guns as you have said, and if the Winnie has sentemental value, by all means sell the Marlin, It can be replaced later. But if you're actually going to be using it for hunting, sell the Winnie. The Marlin is easier to mount a scope on since it is a side eject. You have to have an offset mount for the Winnie which I find rather difficult to see thru and sort of inconvienent. Just my $.02 worth.

October 19, 2008, 07:49 AM
You would get more for the 94. Personally, I wouldn't scope either one so that wouldn't matter to me. The Win is a pound lighter.

October 19, 2008, 09:11 AM
Keep the Winchester!!

October 19, 2008, 09:22 AM
My wife said to tell your GF/Wife/SO that you need to keep both of them because someday you plan to leave them to your sons, and don't want them to squabble over who gets "Dad's ol' thuty-thuty." She said "Women are always suckers for the "leave it to the kids" line. (Why do you think I have two 10/22's, two SKS's, two 12 ga pumps, two Mosin Nagants, two D/A 22 revolvers, etc.? :evil: Now I'm working on gettin one more of each to leave to HER son/my stepson.)

October 19, 2008, 09:30 AM
You can buy a brand new Marlin 336 with scope package deal for $350 at places like Dicks and Gander Mountain. I doubt you'll be able to sell a used one for more than $275.

October 19, 2008, 07:22 PM
When it comes to sentiment I say keep the Win. If all things were equal I would keep the Marlin.

October 20, 2008, 02:23 AM
Unfortunately I only have one kid (a son).... so the "I need one for each of them" thing doesn't work so well....

Yeah, the scope issue isn't a issue to me, because he also sold me the .308 (a great scope weapon).... I would use the 30-30 for the same reasons I always have... its a great brush gun, lightweight, with reliable short range accuracy and plenty of stopping power for big game (I have hunted bear with it with no problems)... I don't put a scope on a brush gun anyways...

I think the mind is made up and the Winchester gets the coveted spot in the gun locker... I have a good friend who wants to buy the Marlin for $200, which sounds acceptable considering he has sold me guns for a great price too....

I really appreciate all the input.... and this might be the only internet thread in the world where everyone seems to agree.... lol

October 20, 2008, 09:13 AM
well, if you are looking for a gun to keep in the safe to make money on, keep the winchester. if you are looking for a gun to shoot, and hunt with, keep the marlin. it is as simple as that.

October 31, 2008, 12:18 PM
So far the prognosis is to keep them both... lol

(in other words, she seems to have forgotten that I was going to sell one of them)

October 31, 2008, 01:44 PM
Never sell firearms on account of women.

Just One Shot
October 31, 2008, 02:29 PM
I have a Marlin model 336 30-30 for sale and I have seen them listed online from $329.00 up to $399.00 yet I have seen in many forums that they should go for around $250.00.

How come there is such a difference in opinion when everyone agrees that they are an excellent shooting rifle? Are the older ones worth more? Mine is a 1971 and it's in great shape but I don't want to ask too much when I advertise it.

December 4, 2009, 07:51 PM
Here I am again with you Just One Shot... the guy never bought the Marlin, but now someone else I know wants it, but I have no idea what to charge for it...

December 4, 2009, 09:35 PM
It's a girlfriend and not the wife? Ummmm... I'd be inclined to keep them both and get what you want. My wife doesn't even lay down the law on my firearms purchases. Fortunately They don't interfere with other needs, or obligations and she has her share of goodies around the house. If you have to sell get rid of the Marlin. The Winchester has sentimental value as well as being a proven brush gun. there are certain weapons I just won't part with, pretty much most of them come to think of it. But there are a few that have no family history, or a special place in the cold cockles of my heart and could go in a pinch. :D

December 4, 2009, 09:43 PM
Keep the guns and ask for her hand in marriage. She'll forget about the va-ca.Misery loves company LOL:D

December 4, 2009, 09:51 PM
Of course, the easiest solution is to get rid of the girlfriend and buy a another rifle in celebration. Unlikely to happen.

I'd keep the Winchester since you have long term memories with it. As for the price of the Marlin, check out gunbrokers.com and gunsamerica.com and see what they're going for.

December 5, 2009, 02:27 PM
While I certainly appreciate all of the relationship advice (?), and I am sure it is meant in jest (well, mostly)... The facts are that I bought the Marlin to fill the hole left from the Winchester, but now that I have the Winchester back I just don't need two lever action 30/30's, nor do I really want them both (or else I need to invest in yet another larger safe... lol)....

I told the GF I was going to dip into the vacation fund to pick up my old deer hunting gun in this package deal, and that I would sell one or two of the guns in that deal to repay the vacation fund. She was cool with that and didn't ask for anything. I tend to try to keep my word to people, especially those I love.

She isn't hassling me to get rid of guns..... honor, logic and my sense of self worth just dictate that I do.

I found a friend that really wants a lever gun, so this is all headed in the right direction. We all get what we want, and the girl and I get to keep the money in the vacation fund....

Now I just need to figure out a decent price so that he gets a good deal and I get what the gun is worth.

check out gunbrokers.com and gunsamerica.com

SITE NEWS: First it was the forums that got spammed with thousands of sick and twisted posts and now it's the classifieds. So they are both offline till I find a solution. Thank yet another POS from eastern europe and parts of asia and russia. We free them from the Nazis and the Communists so they can @#$% on our living room floor. That's the thanks we get. Somehow I think the Arabs won't be any different. At some point we have to start asking ourselves, Why?

I'll find a new classifieds script that's more secure and we'll move forward.

Hmmmmm..... sounds like the board, and the owner, have 'issues'...

Gunsamerica is up and running though.... looks like they run from $700-$350... lol.... now how do I figure out where mine fits in? Is there a way to check on it based on the serial number?

December 6, 2009, 07:29 PM
I own both.. I prefer the Marlin in almost every way.. But sentimental value is priceless sometimes.. I would sell my left nut and keep both:D.. Put a scope on the 336 and keep the the other for quick open sight shots

December 7, 2009, 04:14 PM
Keep quiet for a while, she'll probably forget about it and find something else to complain about...if she still insists, there are a lot of other fish in the sea...What ever happens, DON'T MARRY HER, things will only get worse, not better...Don't ask how I know.

December 7, 2009, 04:22 PM
My opinion, for what's it's worth, keep the Winchester. Winchester's are not made anymore and Marlin's are which means that you always replace the Marlin if you want to.

December 7, 2009, 07:42 PM
Love my Marlins and I'm not a Winchester fan (not a hater though) but I say go with the family history.
For example I have a nearly worthless single shot 12 gauge that my wife's grandfather sold to my father for $3 and some scrap steel when they were young men so it's got history on both sides. Out of all my guns guess what's in the never sell group?

December 8, 2009, 04:16 AM
She already forgot about it for the most part.... every once in a while she will throw in a "what about that gun you were selling?" type of comment, with a smile.

As noted, I don't really want/need nor can I even really use the gun.....

any more input on a price to go to a friend?

December 8, 2009, 09:44 AM
A few years ago I already had a 336, and found an old but good 94 in a pawnshop. I handled it and told the clerk that I really liked it's feel better than the Marlin, but I was not really sure why. He said, "Because John Wayne never said 'Let's break out some Marlins, boys'." I bought it on the spot and have never regretted it.

My wife and I handle the gun thing this way: I don't look in her closet, she doesn't have the combination to the gun safe. So far that is working.

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