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Old July 17, 2007, 07:56 PM   #676
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i did it

today i got a marlin 336aw for 300 at a pawnshop

i looked in 3 towns and that is the only used one i found
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Old July 17, 2007, 08:13 PM   #677
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Thumbs up

PB Dude, congrats!

Don't it feel great!

Pics! Pics! (When you get time...)
I don't think I've seen an "aw".

In fact, what is an "aw"?
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Be sure to give it a good cleaning before you shoot it.

If you need a users manual, you can find it online.

Keep us posted.

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Old July 17, 2007, 08:18 PM   #678
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lol i will

it had 2 small areas that the fnish had worn off the stock....................so me being the milsurp love that i am i sanded the stock and now i am finishing it with a nice walnut stain

man is it a problem that with a get a gun in pretty good condition that i gewt my "kicks" by refinishing it lol
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Old July 17, 2007, 08:22 PM   #679
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Well, I may as well do this here, since Marlin levers have become my guns of choice,
and right now, my 336 is probably my main one.

This is my 5000th post on THR!

<Music plays ... fireworks go off ...
scantily clad dancing girls surround me and start to ...>

<Snaps back to reality ...>

OK, everyone help yourself to a drink of your choice from the club fridge.
The caterer will be here shortly with the hot wings, ravioli and caviar.
We'll break out champaign later.

Right now, me and the dancing girls are going into another room ...
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Old July 17, 2007, 08:25 PM   #680
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lol

hey nema how do i take the extention off the hammer?
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Old July 17, 2007, 08:25 PM   #681
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Nem, you really need to get a life.
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Old July 17, 2007, 08:33 PM   #682
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Dave, you don't even know ...

PB Dude, if the extension is what I think it is (for scope use, right), it should have a tiny set screw on the inside of the right side removable with an equally tiny allen wrench. Those allen wrenches usually come with the gun, but probably wasn't passed along with your used gun.

Marlin would probably send you one free if you can't get one.
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Old July 17, 2007, 09:44 PM   #683
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<takes a beer from the club fridge>

Congrats, Nem...


So are you still going to cut down your 39A barrel? (I'm mixing up clubs, I know - but at least it's a first cousin! And an older one, at that.)
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Old July 17, 2007, 11:04 PM   #684
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I'm virtually certain I will, Tube.

I've still got a firing pin issue with it (failure to fire) that I've got to get fixed
before I can chrono some rnds with the long barrel before cutting it down.

And money's pretty tight for me through summer, so it won't happen quickly.
But it will happen.

I'm probably also going to add another Marlin: an 1894C as soon as money allows.
Virtually certain I'm going to sell the 870P to make that happen.
(Long story behind that, but I've talked it over with a bunch of friends,
and it seems the thing to do ...)
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Old July 17, 2007, 11:08 PM   #685
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<takes a beer from the club fridge, raises it in salute to Nem, our fearless enabler >

I'm impressed Nem! 5000 is a bunch and I've enjoyed many of them. Salute!

For my sake though could you not start any more clubs? This one has cost me a bunch! I bought another 336 and now I'm hunting for one I can cut down to Marauder length...
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Old July 17, 2007, 11:51 PM   #686
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flc, never heard of an LTD before. Cool name.
Nematocyst - It's marked that way on the barrel. I believe it was a limited run for someone, Maybe Davidsons. I have always had a thing for .35s. I also have a (looks like new) Ruger, tang safety, .358 Win that has taken quite a few elk and some deer. The Ruger was made in 1978. I'm hoping to try the 336 .35 on wild pigs soon.

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Old July 18, 2007, 12:52 AM   #687
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I bought another 336 and now I'm hunting for one I can cut down to Marauder length...
Ah, another cut down.

We do love our short carbines, don't we?
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Old July 18, 2007, 12:59 AM   #688
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Ok, I promised to post a pic or pics when i could so here is a pic of every firearm I own. Two Marlins among them. I take crappy pics.
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Old July 18, 2007, 01:13 AM   #689
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Ah, but importantly, they're in the middle, a place of prominence.
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Old July 18, 2007, 09:19 AM   #690
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Ah, another cut down.

We do love our short carbines, don't we?
Yes, we do. Of course, I like my XLR too...

Nem, do you have more than one 870? 'Cause man, I can't imagine getting rid of mine -- it's just so solid, ya know? It's kinda like a good .30-30 or a .22LR... a gun everyone should have.

The 1894C is a great little gun, though...
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Old July 18, 2007, 11:57 AM   #691
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It's kinda like a good .30-30 or a .22LR... a gun everyone should have.
See! You think like I think (sort of).

I think the basics that every american man (and most women) should have are:

.22 lr
12 gauge shotgun
30-30
30-06

You can add lots of fun and useful calibres to that list but it is a solid core for any collection.

Opinions vary of course.
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Old July 18, 2007, 12:04 PM   #692
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"I think the basics that every american man (and most women) should have are:

.22 lr
12 gauge shotgun
30-30
30-06

You can add lots of fun and useful calibers to that list but it is a solid core for any collection."

Oh no! Does that mean I have to stop?

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Old July 18, 2007, 12:41 PM   #693
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Oh no! Does that mean I have to stop?

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I said those were the "basics".

Think of them as a "starting point", not a stopping point.
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Old July 18, 2007, 01:20 PM   #694
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I think the basics that every american man (and most women) should have are:

.22 lr
12 gauge shotgun
30-30
30-06
Gee, add a second .30-30 and a .303 British and you've pretty much covered the long guns in my safe. You never know when that will change, but for now I'm content with that.
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Old July 18, 2007, 03:28 PM   #695
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Nem, do you have more than one 870? 'Cause man, I can't imagine getting rid of mine -- it's just so solid, ya know? It's kinda like a good .30-30 or a .22LR... a gun everyone should have.
Z, I hear you.

But no, I have only one, and yes, I'm going to sell it.

I've talked this over at some length with some friends that are shotgun owners. Haven't brought it up here because we're mostly about the 336.

But since you asked, I'll explain. (We are a "club", and members have other guns that are occasionally get discussed; that's fine by me.)

I came to THR two years ago specifically looking for advice about an 870 for HD. I had one as a kid, a 16 ga, I knew their quality, had already decided 870 v 500/590, but just didn't know which 870.

I had only one gun at the time, a SW 3914 (long since gone now, replaced with revolvers after a brief time with a Kahr K9; what can I say, I'm just a revolver guy).

Long story short, I wound up with the 870P, a 12 ga.

Well, I shot it ... some, but not a lot. I'd never owned a 12 ga. I had some concerns about the recoil, even with reduced recoil loads, because I'm 50-something now, a relatively small person (140 ish) and experiencing some signs of retinal detachment, which runs in my family. Heavy recoil doesn't help that issue. (I've also discussed this with my ophthalmologist.)

I'm finding that I'm just not spending time anymore with the 870 because of that.

Plus, and equally important, since getting my levers - 336A and 39A - I've come to accept what I sort of already knew on some level: I'm a rifle guy, not a shotgun guy.

I have very limited time for practice with my guns. In part, of course, because I spend too much time on this forum - 5000 in two years - but in part because it's a LONG way out to my range, and with diesel prices what they are, and being a small business owner with tight margins, well ... money and time are tight.

Plus, now that I have understood the joy and utility of .38 spl and .357 Mag, and now own the SW 65 3" (shoots both), I want a carbine to complement it. That's going to be an 1894C. Yep, staying with Marlin. I've become passionate about Marlin levers (and SW revolvers).

I know that even though the carbine won't do for bird hunting (which I don't do anyway), it'll do fine for SD/HD/camp defense, just as good as the shotgun for what I need now. My studio is in a very isolated part of town with effectively no neighbors, so I'm not concerned about over-penetration using the rifle for "HD".

And as a camp gun, and a walk about gun for short overnight backpacks, the 1894C will far excel over the 870 for me. Lighter, smaller, fine for small game and deer at short ranges, and I can carry much more ammo for less weight than the 12 ga.

And, I can practice with it LOTS without concern about recoil, and given that the action is very similar to my 336 and 39A, the practice and training for all will be very similar. Kind of like being a sprinter with 100m, 500m and 800 m sprints, rather than sprinting AND shot put. I want to focus on sprinting now.

And, as I've said many times here and in other threads, I'm a minimalist when it comes to my gun tool kit. I want a few weapons that will cover a large range of needs, with which I can become as proficient as possible. Speaking only for myself, I know that my proficiency will be improved by having only two kinds of actions to practice with: levers and wheels, which is one less than levers, pumps and wheels. YMMV, of course, but for me, it seems to be what I need to do.

One reason for that minimalism is, I'm semi-nomadic, and don't want to be carrying around a lot of guns; I just don't have the space and cargo capacity. If I was a "home owner" who was going to stay in one place for 20 years, it'd be different. But when I'm on the road, between "base camps", I'm in a 25' cargo trailer set up as a living space, and space is very tight.

If/when I move up to Alaska in a few years (still a dream or a goal more than a plan), I'll add an 1895 in .45-70 or a 444 for those bigger critters with teeth and claws. Back to big recoil, but I can practice with it with MUCH lighter rnds than a 12 ga. And of course, it stays with the lever theme.

Plus, I'm not attached to this particular 870P. It's a great gun, but I have no emotional attachment to it. It's new to me, not a family heirloom. 870s are everywhere and not hard to come by if I ever change my mind and want one.

But for right now, the 1894C is calling me more, and they're harder to come by. My local shop only gets in about 3 or 4 per year, and they go fast.

OK, I know not all will agree, and I'll catch flack for this plan , but I've thought it through pretty well over the last few weeks, and it consistently feels like the right decision for me.

Again, YMMV. Not saying this is right for everyone.

So, I'll probably be putting a very fine, low mileage 870P up on the for sale block in the next few days. PM me if you're interested.

Nem

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Old July 18, 2007, 04:40 PM   #696
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I don't think your plan is a bad one. It is different than what I would do but my situation is completely different than yours.

I read recently that the most successful ivory hunter in history used a 7mm Mauser.

I think that fact goes far toward proving that having "exactly the right firearm" is less important than having what works best for you.

Just my $0.02
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Old July 18, 2007, 05:36 PM   #697
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Okay, well at least you have a well thought-out reason instead of simple impatience to buy a new gun and fund it by selling another. Sounds to me like if you had to choose one, the smart choice for you would indeed be the 1894C based on your reasoning above.

The 1894C I had was like the prince of short-range critter control. A good friend owns it now and it continues in faithful service in that role.
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Old July 18, 2007, 10:41 PM   #698
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Anybody know what is going on at www.marlinowners.com?

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Old July 18, 2007, 10:43 PM   #699
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Hmm.

Chad, I think they were up this morning. I know they were last night.

They've been running strong for some time.
They have had less downtime than THR has over the last few months.

Probably just a server outage.

I'd give it a few hours, then try again.
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Old July 19, 2007, 01:08 AM   #700
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Wow. They're still down.

Must be a serious server problem.
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