Marlin 336 35 Remington


September 16, 2009, 08:02 PM
I looked at a Marlin 336 35 Remington today at a local pawn shop. I think it would make a great short range deer gun for my hunts in the WI or WV brush.

The thing that struck me odd about it was it had a very short magazine tube. It was well short (10" or so) or the end of the barrel. Also the metal band on the forearm is completely to the end of the forearm revealing no wood.

Does anyone have any info on this gun and why it is different than the other 336s that I have seen?

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September 16, 2009, 08:24 PM
Marlin makes or made a lever action rifle in 35 Rem with a short magazine tube and it was a model 336A if my memory serves me correctly. The reason I remember was the short mag tube was for better off hand balance. Marlin still makes their Guide Rifles with short mag tubes and I don't know if they chamber them for the great 35 Rem. If the price is right I'd grab it. :)

September 16, 2009, 08:47 PM
The 336 "A" was the rifle version vs the "C" or carbine. They had a magazine cap vs barrel band and had a longer barrel, 22" or maybe even 24". I've seen a few in 30-30, but never 35. Sounds like that is what you have found.

Jim Watson
September 16, 2009, 08:49 PM
I briefly owned a 336A in .35. I did not keep it when I found that the .38 pistol bullet plinking loads I made up for my Remington 600 would not run through the tube magazine. But it was a fine rifle with standard ammo.

September 16, 2009, 09:28 PM
Mine has a short magazine tube...comes with the shorter barrel I think. Great gun, very accurate and a great deer round.

September 16, 2009, 09:52 PM
Some of the short-barrel, short-mag versions were called the 'Marauder'. They're actually pretty valued in some circles, because of their balance. I think that what you're describing is the 336SC (Short Carbine):

By the way - I think that the 336 in 35Rem is about as good of an all-purpose rifle as you can get.

September 16, 2009, 11:28 PM
my daughter has the Marlin 336C in 35 rem. It's an awesome shooter

September 17, 2009, 01:22 AM
Thanks guys.

rbernie, That's the exact rifle. I think I will get it tomorrow.

September 17, 2009, 07:54 AM
"the metal band on the forearm is completely to the end of the forearm revealing no wood."

This is the proper way to make a 336, or any lever gun. :)

The .35 Rem is also a good black bear gun.


September 17, 2009, 08:07 AM
You may have also run across a M336-D. They were a limited production run back around 2001-02. It is essentiall a GuideGun version in .35Rem.

If so, it too has somewhat of a cult-value. They were carefully assembled by Marlin and are reputed to be extreamly accurate. A few had ported barrels, and isn't really effective/necessary as the .35rem is an efficient cartridge and has little recoil as it is.

For much more, and better information on the .35rem, try

I too am a devoted fan of the .35Rem.

And, it's not so "limited" as to range as you may have been lead to believe. Like the .30/30 with 170gr bullets, if sighted in 2.5-3.0" high at 100yds, it's only 5" low at 200yds. Consider too, that the bullets are designed to perform at the specified velocities, and it's a true 200-250yd deer slayer in the hands of an knowledgable shooter. Also, inside 100yds it has near equal "punch" on deer/black-bear as many supposedly more powerful cartridges, such as the .30/06, 7mmMag, .270wcf, ect. (I know, I've used most of them....and adore the .35)

Plus, it's available in one of the most ergonomically friendly platforms, the Marlin lever-action.

September 17, 2009, 09:47 AM
TimM, the rifle is most likely a Marlin 336SC (Sporting Carbine). It was produced from 1949 through 1963.

If you want to verify the year of manufacture by the serial number you may use the following guide.

Marlin year of manufacture maybe determined from the following table of letter/numeral prefixs to the serial number:

Date Prefix(s) 1946 C 1947 D 1948 E 1949 F 1950 G 1951 H 1952 J 1953 K 1954 L 1955 M Date Prefix(s) 1956 N 1957 P 1958 R 1959 S 1960 T 1961 U 1962 V 1963 W 1964 Y, Z 1965 AA Date Prefix(s) 1966 AB 1967 AC 1968 AD, 68 1969 69 1970 70 1971 71 1972 72

Starting in 1973, the year of manufacture can be determined by subtracting the first two digits of the serial number from 100: Example: Serial number 25136879 would have been built in 1975 (100-25=75 or 1975). Information is from Marlin.

I inherited a 336SC from my dad and another 336 (regular version) from my uncle. Both are in 35 Remington and have given great performance from that loading.

September 17, 2009, 04:33 PM
Well... I went in to deal for the rifle today. It is a 336SC and it is a P prefix so it must have been made in 1957.

When I picked it up to look at it is really nice shape. The wood is almost perfect and it has just the right amount of blue wore off. The is one small nick on the barrel but that doesn't bother me much. When I looked through the bore I couldn't believe my eyes. I had never seen anything so filthy. I thought that it might be dust and cob webs so I talked them into letting me get the cleaning kit from my truck and run a patch through it. A few passes with Hoppes and the bore was bright, shiny and looked like new.

However, They were asking $475 for this little beauty and I thought that was too high. I tried to deal but he wouldn't budge. It is a larger pawn shop so I am gonna go back in a couple days and deal with another employee.

What would be a good price for this rifle?

September 17, 2009, 08:21 PM
I have several bolt "deer" rifles" but my absolute favorite Bambi slayer is an old 336/.35 with a Redfield Widefield 1.75-5x. Out to 200 yards it's as deadly as any of the others.

Don't think I'd pay more than maybe $350 for one in the condition you describe tho. Haven't kept up with new gun prices but $475 seems too close to a new - and fully checkered - 336. ??

I do love the short magazine and end cap but not enough to get ripped for them!

September 17, 2009, 09:06 PM
I bought a early 1970s pre-safety 336/.35 in good shape with a 3x-9x Bushnell Sportview on it for $270 in a pawnshop last October, albeit standard magazine, banded barrel. I think it's a great rifle. They're not as popular (for some reason) in these parts as they used to be, so what I bought is a fairly common find around here.


September 18, 2009, 12:15 AM
I picked up a real nice 336 in 35rem, 1951 manufacture, with an old Bushnell scope last year for $300 OTD.
Couldn't be any nicer, yours seems a little high.

September 18, 2009, 08:25 AM
I think that $475 is quite steep, unless you REALLY REALLY want a 336SC and it's worth a few extra hundred dollars to have exactly that one.

September 18, 2009, 11:49 AM
$475 will get you a brand new Marlin 336 in my area. That price is too high for a used 336sc in my opinion. They'd have to knock at least $150 off before I'd have any interest. I like the 336sc better than any other Marlin model, but not for that kind of money.

September 18, 2009, 03:46 PM
I agree that the price is a little too much, but.... Ten years from now you may wish you could find one for that price. That is an unusual rifle, in a not so common caliber, and apparently in good shape. If you like the idea of having something no one else has I would think hard about going for it. If you would be satisfied with a regular 336 just like millions of others you can pick up one in 35 for under $300 that will kill deer just as dead.

I would probably pay the price and let it appreciate in value while I use it.

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