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Old December 24, 2012, 11:46 PM   #3251
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Nice shot, TR. What's that scope?

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Completely ignored by the assault rifle mob!
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Old December 25, 2012, 01:51 AM   #3252
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Nemo, btw it was a 51/52 can't remember and safe is buried behind renovation supplies.
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Old December 27, 2012, 04:24 PM   #3253
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Hello to all of the members of this awesome club!

Can't believe it took me this long to find this thread, I've been a Marlin 336 owner for a good while before I even joined THR. I've been reading this thread post-for-post since Dec 20ish but can't wait any longer to at least say 'Hi' and post a couple pics of mine. I'm still only at page 17, post #401 at the moment, but I've been reading every night before bed and will continue to do so

Anyhoo, I'll probably find more info about my rifle as I read on, but it's a Marlin 336-BL (which I think stands for Big-Loop, I'm curious besides the lever which of the models it really is). So far I haven't seen this model listed in this thread, but as I said I'm not very far into it yet.
It was my first rifle, though I've been shooting since I was a child. Even though I have more rifles now it's still my favorite. Everyone who shoots it falls in love with it too. I picked it up via a "bargain blow-out" from one of the many gun-retailers I get e-mails from, snatched it up NIB for something like $250-$280! When I received it the lever wouldn't stay shut and the rear sight had drifted over a bit like the gun had been slammed. Since the lever wouldn't stay shut I just sent it back to Marlin immediately, but they had it back to me in less than a week and it's been perfect ever since though the lever's a bit stiffer than butter so I'll have a 'smith work on that when the $ and timing happen.

I've really been enjoying reading through this, I'd like to join the roster if you'll have me and hopefully I'll catch up to present day posts before 2014 is upon us!

Here are a few shots of my Marlin 336-BL and the homemade sling I weaved out of 550 paracord. It does have the cross-safety, I have a definite plan to acquire an older 336 with a rich stock and no safety as soon as I have the $$ and find it.
If anyone can tell me more info about my rifle, or links to posts about it, that'd be greatly appreciated, otherwise I'll be reading through in due time







I put a round in the tube to complete the appearance, but chamber's empty and I was careful of course


finished the sling off with an "Anchor Bend" very solid knot, and decided to let the ends dangle




PS: I call it "Darlin'"
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Old December 29, 2012, 02:05 AM   #3254
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Well I finally get to join the club. Walked in the LGS today and saw they had a few additions in the Marlin rack, so naturally I make my way there. And surprise surprise, a nice 336 non-cross bolt safety 30-30 win is looking back at me. Well seeing as I've missed the last 3 of them that came through the shop, I just had to take it with me. Was paying for it, and the owner said he had just put it out that morning, lucky me!. Walked out the door with it for $350 with a box of remington ammo, don't think I did too bad.











Serial is a 26xxxxxx, which puts it as a 1974 manufacture date if I'm not mistaken.

Has some wear on the clear coat finish and the front site has been mauled by a bear making site adjustments, but overall should be a great little shooter. Although the trigger could use some work, any suggestions there?
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Old December 29, 2012, 01:43 PM   #3255
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Wow! Two new members in consecutive posts. How cool is that?

Welcome in ILikeOldGunsILikeNewGuns and Lerk.
(To the former, what's a 3 or 5 letter nickname for you? Ilike? )

Good thing there's no requirement that new members read the entire thread before joining 'the club'. We'd never get any new members. Glad you're finding value here. That's what I'd hoped for when I created it: a repository of everything 336 in one thread. Too bad we can't index it, but at least it's searchable with index-like keywords.

Beautiful rifles both, but for different reasons. I want to know more about both, including how Lerk's front sight could be restored, and what base model that BL is from.

I'm planning to put a big loop on mine when I have it chopped. Conditions up here in deer season demand thick gloves. Plus, I just love how they look. Makes me remember Luke McCain, even if he did use a Winchester and it wasn't a .30-30.
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Old December 29, 2012, 02:59 PM   #3256
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The front site on mine is a very easy fix, just need a new front site piece, the current one is only marred on the sides where someone was adjusting it over excessively. The base for it is in great condition. I'd like to put a white dot style one up there if I could find one, the current one is tiny compared with current production Marlin front sites, making it difficult to see on dark targets.

Other than that don't know what else I can tell ya about my rifle, still pretty new to marlins in general and learning as I'm going. Thoough this thread sure does help
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Old December 29, 2012, 07:04 PM   #3257
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... though the lever's a bit stiffer than butter so I'll have a 'smith work on that when the $ and timing happen.
Ilike, here's a suggestion.

Jump ahead in your reading to post 777. That's where I started describing my process of taking my 336 down as far as I could to do a home smoothing job. (Posts downstream from that add more of my process.)

When I started, I had no idea what I was doing, but with the help of others here, and the right tools (which I had to buy on line), I got the job done. A little sanding/emery paper here and there, with a lot of gentleness (go easy; you can take off more later, but you can't put metal back on after you've removed it), and it smoothed it up real nice. Not as good as a smith would have done, but still good.

And the added benefit: I learned a LOT about my rifle. Taking it apart that far, handling every screw (each labeled on the desk as for where it came from - each is different - so I got it all back together the right way - every odd shaped piece, that was a great experience.

That experience contributed more to my bonding with my rifle than any amount of range time.
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Old December 30, 2012, 08:56 PM   #3258
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Nem said...."I'm planning to put a big loop on mine when I have it chopped."

Better have long arms with big loop....had one on M92 and not liked it.....long way extra to reach lever and then go to full throw....just my 2c's..

The Duke and Lucas McCain aka Chuck Conners were BIG MEN and could do the twirl without getting caught under the arm as well as just cock the gun...yea they were M92's and/or clones.
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Old December 30, 2012, 11:33 PM   #3259
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^ That's interesting, Irish. Thanks for the perspective.

I think what I'll do is keep both levers in the kit. Since I wear gloves here three seasons (fall, winter, spring), I think a big one will work well since I always had a little extra trouble fitting the glove into the stock lever.

For summer, I can put the stock back on again, then back to the big 'un for fall.
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Old December 31, 2012, 12:05 AM   #3260
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^ That's interesting, Irish. Thanks for the perspective.

I think what I'll do is keep both levers in the kit. Since I wear gloves here three seasons (fall, winter, spring), I think a big one will work well since I always had a little extra trouble fitting the glove into the stock lever.

For summer, I can put the stock back on again, then back to the big 'un for fall.
I have a Brockman lever on the 336 and the Wild West on the 1895. These bigger loops aren't as crazy as the on Wayne had in his movies. I'm happy with both styles. Just a thought. Since you wear gloves a slightly larger loop will help.
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Old December 31, 2012, 05:51 PM   #3261
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Sheep, do you have a source for the Brockman's?

I'm having trouble finding them for some reason.
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ETA: Oh, check that. I found them here.

Holy cow. I had no idea they're so expensive!

$189 if I keep my stock lever. WT ...?
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Old January 1, 2013, 12:04 AM   #3262
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Happy new year, 336'ers.

May 2013 be better than 2012.

(And the world didn't end on 12.21.12.)
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Old January 1, 2013, 12:55 PM   #3263
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Where can I find a schematic for the 336? A friend dumped one off last night,and asked me to put it back together......?????
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Old January 1, 2013, 01:00 PM   #3264
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Here ya' go, pwillie; download this pdf of the owner's manual, then scroll down.

Let us know if we can help.

One tip I know from experience: be very careful about the machine screws.
Some that look nearly identical to others on first glance are not.
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Old January 1, 2013, 02:57 PM   #3265
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Wow! Two new members in consecutive posts. How cool is that?

Welcome in ILikeOldGunsILikeNewGuns and Lerk.
(To the former, what's a 3 or 5 letter nickname for you? Ilike? )

Good thing there's no requirement that new members read the entire thread before joining 'the club'. We'd never get any new members.
How's about Iguns
iLike is fine too of course, names are just names

I'm making progress! I'm on post #733 now and reading more and more each night, love this thread.

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Ilike, here's a suggestion.

Jump ahead in your reading to post 777. That's where I started describing my process of taking my 336 down as far as I could to do a home smoothing job. (Posts downstream from that add more of my process.)

When I started, I had no idea what I was doing, but with the help of others here, and the right tools (which I had to buy on line), I got the job done. A little sanding/emery paper here and there, with a lot of gentleness (go easy; you can take off more later, but you can't put metal back on after you've removed it), and it smoothed it up real nice. Not as good as a smith would have done, but still good.

And the added benefit: I learned a LOT about my rifle. Taking it apart that far, handling every screw (each labeled on the desk as for where it came from - each is different - so I got it all back together the right way - every odd shaped piece, that was a great experience.

That experience contributed more to my bonding with my rifle than any amount of range time.
Couldn't have said that last part any better myself
I really enjoy taking my 1911 (which is my every-day-carry) down all the way to the last pins and springs twice a year or so for a deep-clean. Did a full dis-assemble of my Ruger SuperBlackhawk .44mag as well when I first acquired it, as it had some light rust in the internals, that was fun, a couple pins and springs on the SBH's can be very confusing, digital pics and organization helped in not getting them mixed up!
I will do the take-down and very gently, slowly, and carefully work on my 336 in the very near future, thanks a bunch for all the advice and info here in this thread, it is worth more than gold to me!

It's a S&W so I don't remove the external-extractor, I would if it were necessary for repair




Can't wait to have an intimate hang-out with my Darlin' Marlin (but I will wait a few more hours 'til the time is right)

Edit: PS: does anyone have a photo like these of their Marlin 336? I might have to take one in the near future either way
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Old January 1, 2013, 07:16 PM   #3266
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Sheep, do you have a source for the Brockman's?

I'm having trouble finding them for some reason.
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ETA: Oh, check that. I found them here.

Holy cow. I had no idea they're so expensive!

$189 if I keep my stock lever. WT ...?
I sent my 336 to Jim Brockman to have some stuff done to it it was at that point I had him install the lever. He might sell just the lever as well.
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Old January 1, 2013, 08:41 PM   #3267
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Thanks Nema, my friend,Willie!....Happy New Year!
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Old January 7, 2013, 02:48 PM   #3268
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Well, had my brand-new 336w for about 3 months now, took about 200 rounds to smooth out the action and feed nicely, got her zeroed at 100 yards with 2" groups. Next year I try her out on some deer. :-)
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Old January 9, 2013, 06:15 AM   #3269
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Hey all, I've never owned a lever gun but they have always been interesting too me......Now there just so happens to be a Marlin 336 30-30 that as come available and its a damn good deal to boot.
This 336 is being sold because the owner wants the money to buy another AR ...Anyway, it is band new and never fired, blued with walnut stocks. Purchased from Cabela's mounted with a Cabelas brand 3x9 scope and includes 3 boxes of premium ammo. After a little back and forth he agreed to let it all go for $380. Like I said; "a damn good deal"...
I have a couple of hold backs to "jumping right on it". Being new I understand it is made by the merged Remington/Marlin company and the quality, fit and finish of these rifles is nowhere near that of the older Marlin made guns. They have problems like canted barrels, very rough actions, poorly fitted stocks and crappy customer service. I wasn't planning on adding any other firearms. On top of that, centerfire rifle hunting here in CT is a rare thing, a 336 would essentially only see use on the range which is a waste of its talents
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Old January 9, 2013, 06:18 AM   #3270
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I would pass on it. Unless you can establish that it is new but made before 2010.
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Old January 9, 2013, 06:31 AM   #3271
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How can I tell(with out running the S/N #)? I'm supposed to go look at the rifle today. Are the barrels marked differently since the Remington merger?
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Old January 9, 2013, 07:07 AM   #3272
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The serial number will be different for a Remington-made 336. I think they are on the bottom left side of the receiver instead of the tang, and they start with MR.
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Old January 11, 2013, 08:39 PM   #3273
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Yeah, I'm afraid I agree with Abel on this one. It's tragic what's happened to Marlin. Tragic. In some ways, it should almost be criminal. (Yes, I'm being hyperbolic.)
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Old January 13, 2013, 09:04 PM   #3274
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Just picked this one up for $275 OTD in 35 Remington. Serial number dates it to 1989
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Old January 13, 2013, 09:23 PM   #3275
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Very nice find Next Gen, that one looks like it'll be a hoot
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