The smiling swordsman
March 16, 2013, 10:02 PM
Are the new (as in manufactured in the past 6 months) Marlin 336's still lacking in quality? I've always wanted one but don't want to get stuck with an inferior product if I buy new.

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March 16, 2013, 10:05 PM
saw a guy trying to return a brand new lever cause the stock wobbled, also saw in a video where the rifling had chatter marks. so check it over.

March 17, 2013, 12:34 AM
It is getting better but I would avoid them from now on.

March 17, 2013, 12:42 AM
I saw one in Walmart last week. The metal parts had an uneven matte finish to them that looked more like black spray-on paint than any sort of bluing. Wood to metal fit was so-so and the wood stock itself had a dull bland look to it that made it seem like it was unfinished.

All in all a very uninspired product that I think was priced at a little under $400.

March 17, 2013, 12:54 AM
Yes I too just looked at the 336 at WM with the same ugly finish. It looks like flat black spray paint.

March 17, 2013, 01:44 AM
The last 1894 I looked at was over a year ago. It was stainless steel so can't comment on bluing quality, but the action felt like a pair of rusty scissors and there were 1/16" gaps between the stock and tang. I was hoping to hear that things were getting better. :(

March 17, 2013, 10:13 PM
Check with thread "336 Club"

March 17, 2013, 11:13 PM
The last time I even saw a marlin(gton) in real life was last year November. It was a stainless steel 336 that was fairly smooth to work and did not have any noticeable gaps or deficiencies. I ended up passing on it as I already had a 77/357 and they would overlap too much.

I would go along with what's been suggested no matter who the manufacturerer and always check out the gun before purchase.

The smiling swordsman
March 18, 2013, 11:08 PM
Ok, I guess that answers my question. I was really hoping that Remington had gotten their act together. I'll keep looking for a good used Marlin.

March 18, 2013, 11:57 PM
I seen several Remlins in the used rack at the Sydney Cabela's with their original tags on. Odd I thought but I am guessing it was customers that bought them, looked at the krylon-like finish on them (no idea what other issues they may or may not have had) and sold them as a used gun. I was not impressed with a Remlin!:mad:

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