Marlin 336??????


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eddie56
February 28, 2010, 01:09 AM
Just got a 1979 Marlin 336 it has the 18 inch barrel 6 shot tube and plain walnut wood.My question is all it says is model 336.Why no letter after the number.All the ones in my gun books have a letter.The closest one seems to be the 336C.Thanks.I would like to know something about it.

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Abel
February 28, 2010, 09:58 AM
I know that some of them didn't get stamped with a suffix. Post some pics at the 336 forum at Marlin Owners. With that 18" barrel, it could be a collectible. The 336C has a 20" barrel.

http://www.marlinowners.com/forums/index.php?board=8.0

eddie56
February 28, 2010, 12:18 PM
Thank you for the reply and the link.However I made a mistake.Mine is the 20 inch barrel.I really like this rifle.I had a newer 336A and didn't like it near as much.When I get it broke in I am going to give 173 grain cast a try in it.

birdshot8's
February 28, 2010, 03:22 PM
eddie, which cast bullet do you have in mind? i am also wanting to try some cast bullets.never seen one without the suffix.

Big Bill
February 28, 2010, 03:43 PM
I bet it is a collectable.

Hunt480
February 28, 2010, 03:48 PM
If it's got ballard rifiling, Marlin doesn't recommend using cast bullets.
I did not know this,Thanks for the info good to know these things.

Abel
February 28, 2010, 04:40 PM
Not true. You can use cast bullets in either.

eddie56
March 1, 2010, 06:46 AM
I am going to use the Lyman 311041 it is a 173 grain FN.It comes out to 177.9 lubed and gas checked for me.I have heard it both ways about Marlin lever guns and cast boolits.All I can do is give it a try.

Big Bill
March 1, 2010, 07:11 PM
If it's got ballard rifiling, Marlin doesn't recommend using cast bullets. Hunt - I'm sorry to have posted incorrect information. I was actually thinking of something else. I tried to correct it as quickly as I could. I've got two marlin 336s, so I know better. I guess I just had a brain fart.

Hunt480
March 1, 2010, 08:59 PM
Hunt - I'm sorry to have posted incorrect information.
Thanks for the update Bill, I saw Abel's response right after..
Not true. You can use cast bullets in either.
I'm glad its not so, I had some good cast loads I had been hunting with.

Abel
March 1, 2010, 11:51 PM
I'm glad its not so, I had some good cast loads I had been hunting with.

I have never heard of any problems with pre-microgrooved Marlins. The percieved problems were with the microgrooved barrels. Proper alloy/hardness of lead & slight over sized bullets/properly gas-checked bullets solve the issue.

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