Ive seen the cheap variant of marlins model 336 at walmart for 367 without taxes. Anyone have anything about theyre quality?
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August 23, 2013, 08:57 PM
I assume you are referring to Remlins (marlin made by remington) I saw a couple the other night but the jerks at Walmart put that supersafe lock system on them and I couldn't look at it properly. but they made me feel ever so safe and secure...........................
Are you going to handload for it? If you adjust your dies correctly I suspect you could get a long case life.
I saw a Marlin Youth model the other night with laminated wood I wouldn't mind having.
I suspect you will need to either do a trigger job on it or have it done as they are known for super safe triggers. Safe in the sense that what you are shooting at is more safe. haha.
Barry the Bear
August 23, 2013, 09:02 PM
I dont reload yet so I would only put some cheap 30-30 ammo in it for the range and maybe a deer hunt or two.
August 23, 2013, 09:28 PM
I've heard lots of folks bashing the "new" marlins, never owned one so I can't join in yay or nay... The older ones that were sold at wal-mart were the model 30aw or something like that, I currently own one of those and it is a fine rifle, the only difference is the front sight, it is a blade/bead rather than a shrouded ramp. I must say, I personally like the blade/bead more, it's easier for my eyes to put a tight sight picture with it. Of course if you're planning to mount a scope, then that is a mute point other than asthetics... The shroud/ramp is nicer looking... Oh, and rumor is, the stock is made from a lesser grade of wood as well...
I like my 30aw just fine though, i replaced a 1965 model 336 with this one, I liked the old 336 just fine, but I must say, this newer one with the safety, I like it more. The safety is kinda redundant on a levergun with a half-cock anyhow, but when unloading after a hunt it sure is nice to put that safety on while you lever out a tube full of ammo...
August 23, 2013, 09:59 PM
I have a 336W from 2008ish that came from Academy. It has chatter marks in the barrel that run opposite of the rifling. It shoots fine for about 10 shots, but then it fouls something horrible. It is now a 445 Super Mag.
I have a 1972 336 that has a really nice slim forearm that I prefer over the thicker 336W, but the 336W I have isn't a big as what I am seeing at Walmart these days.
Also, the '72 336 has a glass trigger, doesn't have a crossbolt safety, and a really good fitting stock. It has the white plastic plates on the grip and stock.
It is also a shooter. Super accurate! Very Accurate with all ammo. It is my go to 30-30 as it is the only one I have left that is a true 30-30.
One thing it doesn't have that the new 30-30s from Marlin have even before Remington bought them out is a piece of metal that goes from the mag tube to the barrel under the front sight. The 1972 model doesn't have this, and you can loosen up the bands from the barrel, and it shoots better that way for me.
I always wondered why the new models have that metal piece/screw that goes to the mag tube and barrel. It seems to make the new guns less accurate, but all the 30-30's I have had shot 1.5" or under @ 100 yards easily.
August 24, 2013, 01:29 AM
I have a Wal-Mart "Remlin" purchased December 2012. It has the laminated stock and was accurate out of the box. You will need to "fix" the trigger. There is a tutorial on how to do that on the Marlin forum.
Do not believe all the B.S. about Remington Marlins. I have two and they were quality made and very accurate.
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August 24, 2013, 01:43 AM
I have a "remlin" and it has worked just fine.
August 24, 2013, 01:50 AM
they are going to be the same gun (metal parts) as every other currently produced marlin. The wood is lower quality.
The remington marlins were junk at first, then they were bad, now I think they have reached spotty.
August 24, 2013, 03:23 AM
I can post pics of my Marlin 336W that has the dreaded hack marks in the rifling. I have also seen several others, and a video on youtube of a guy's 45-70 with the same issue.
Quality has gone down on the Marlin Lever guns. Marlin is my favorite rifle maker. Is? Was? I love my Glenfield 9 shot cabine, Marlin Model 60 .22 LR (Most accurate rifle I own), all of my 336's. Don't get me wrong. Maybe they are coming out of a slump. Let's hope so.
If they are I am going to get a .44 Mag Lever gun in stainless to match the Ruger SBH.
August 24, 2013, 08:01 AM
Marlin went through some QC issues right after they moved production under Remingtons roof and closed the old Marlin factory. Supposedly it took a little time for new workers to master the art of building them. I've heard that things have gotten better and currrent production Marlins are much better. Sorry, no personal experience. Most of my Marlins were made between 1958 and 1975 with one 2005 version.
My personal opinion, I can't see spending $370 on the new version with a cheap laminated stock. For that matter I wouldn't pay for one of the W or AS versions with the cheap birch stock either. Even the ones made before Remington took over production. There are literally millions of older used 336's out there with real walnut stocks selling for LESS money. They are much better built and finished.
Barry the Bear
August 25, 2013, 04:02 AM
Thanks guys Ill just save the cash for an older marlin or perhaps a winchester.
August 25, 2013, 05:30 PM
I could'nt agree more . I just picked up a 1985 336cs . Carbine , nice wood , smoothe action & an acceptable trigger . Nice looking gun with a cheap but servicable tasco scope . Got it for just north of $200.00 . An outrageous deal by any standard ! I see them regularly for $300.00 and up . Would take a older 336 any time over a new one .
August 30, 2013, 12:35 AM
I personally do not like the wood on the new ones at all. I would not trade my circa 1950's 336 A nor my 1979 336c for any of the new stuff, they just don't have a good look or feel o them. But that's just my opinion as I've not fired any of the new ones nor do I plan to. On a different note little shop near me has an older 336a up for sale, not affiliated with him buts he's 5 min from my house and I'm afraid to visit his shop for fear ill buy another gun off of him!