Marlin 336c Caliber choice?


April 9, 2004, 12:12 PM
I plan to buy a 336c for the upcoming deer and possibly bear season in PA. I'm leaning toward the .35 Remington. Is the any reason I should choose the 30-30 instead?

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April 9, 2004, 12:51 PM
I rather the .30-30 myself. Tried and true.

George Hill
April 9, 2004, 02:42 PM
.35 is better for the bigger game. .30-30 is just fine for deer and black bear.
If you are hunting browns... then .35 for sure.

April 10, 2004, 06:34 PM
I have had both calibers. The .35 is very accurate and hits has a large following among Pennsylvania bear hunters. The downside - there is only one bullet weight/style available (from Remington) commercially loaded that is not a spire point, and it is expensive and somewhat hard to find in local shops. ( Handload this one for all around use.)

The .30-30 is available in several loadings from several different companies, and can be had for about 1/2 the cost of a box of .35. To me, the .30-30 is more versatile, and less expensive to shoot.

They are both great old style cartridges - they are both fun to shoot, the .35 is more accurate and more expensive.

They are both excellent deer and bear rounds for Pennsylvania hunting.

I guess this is not very helpful to you - I really like both.



April 10, 2004, 07:38 PM
I also have the 336C in .35 Remington just for that reason. To be able to
hunt both types of game without worrying about if I have enough gun or not.

Too late after you shoot.

April 10, 2004, 10:51 PM
.35 Rem. for Brown bear? I would want something a lot bigger for Brown bear. They are similar to Grizzlies.

I think the .30-30 is more versatile.


April 10, 2004, 11:04 PM
Brown Bear=Grizzly=Kodiak for the most part.

Jack O'Connor seemed to think the .35 was plenty for the Grizz, as was the .270. If it was good enough for Jack, then I think Id have to agree.

April 11, 2004, 03:20 PM
30/30 ammo is usually cheaper and easier to find, but the .35 Remington is a truly great cartridge for deer and black bear. That ol' 200 gr. RN will drop either PDQ.

The biggest "plus" for the .35 (IMHO) is that you can reload it for plinking and small game with cast bullets made for .357 revolvers. Very accurate and very cheap for practice and fun. The Lyman 358429 loaded to about 1000 f/s is extremely accurate in my old 336 and flattens coyotes out past 80 yds like the flat of an axe swung by a big Swede.

April 11, 2004, 04:29 PM
Never shot a 30-30, which is really unique at my age. But my .35 bores holes through deer just fine.

April 11, 2004, 05:20 PM
Since there are no grizz/browns in the eastern U.S., either the .30-30 or .35 would suffice.

April 11, 2004, 07:41 PM
Maybe our mod was unclear as to which .35 cartridge was in question-----because the .35 Rem---is definitely not a brown bear pounder.

George Hill
April 11, 2004, 10:09 PM
1. I was looking at the options between the two calibers.
2. I know several people who have hunted Brown Bears with Marlin 336 rifles in .35 Remington. Including a Grandfather and a Father In Law and an Uncle. While it might not be the "ideal" cartridge for the task - ask the Brown that is stuffed in the family cabin up in Northern Idaho. He seems to think it was enough.

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